G.I. Joe: Renegades writer Henry Gilroy reveals tidbits about the animated series

One of the reasons why G.I. Joe: Renegades was such a great show is likely due to the exceptional writing team in charge of the show.  Star Wars: The Clone Wars veteran Henry Gilroy was at the top of the writers’ food chain alongside Marty Isenberg, who was one of the brainchildren behind Transformers: Animated.

In a recent episode of Star Wars themed podcast The Forcecast, Henry Gilroy came on to talk a bit about his work on Clone Wars, and also revealed some juice about the potential future of G.I. Joe: Renegades.  Hint –  there isn’t one.  :(

You can check out the episode right here, and the Renegades talk is very brief (around the 58 minute and 54 second mark).  I’ve also transcribed the information below…with a healthy dose of paraphrasing, so definitely listen to the episode for the accurate phrasing.

The Forcecast: Season 2 of Renegades, when are we going to see it?

Henry Gilroy: Actually, you’re probably not going to…  if you watch Renegades and saw the new trailer for G.I. Joe 2, it’s basically the same plot.  The next incarnation of G.I. Joe animated is probably going to have something to do with the movie.

The Forcecast: I’m really disappointed about G.I. Joe…

Henry Gilroy: There’s been talk of maybe… doing something to tie up the series, which may or may not happen…we can always hold out hope for Renegades.

So, really kind of confirmed what we’d already suspected.  G.I. Joe: Renegades isn’t on so much of a “hiatus” as a “retirement” with the next iteration (if there is one) focusing more on the Retaliation universe.

Gilroy also mentions that he is leaving Hasbro to work on another project..a Hulk animated series with Paul Dini.  So it sounds like whatever next version of G.I. Joe animation there might be, he won’t be involved, which is a shame.

Thanks very much to Paul Timmermans who left the info on the What’s on Joe Mind Facebook page.

One of the lead writers for G.I. Joe Renegades is… holy crap!

Well, not holy crap because of his name, because it’s pretty likely you’ve never heard of him before.  I know I hadn’t.  But if you’re a self-respecting geek, you’ve no doubt seen some of his work.  His name is Henry Gilroy, and the guys at the Terror Drome confirmed at SDCC that he is one of the lead writers for G.I. Joe: Renegades.

So why is this important?  Why is it a “Holy Crap” moment?  Check out his resume:

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars Animated Series (Writer)
  • The Secret Saturdays
  • Transformers: Animated (The Sound and the Fury)
  • Bionicle
  • The Tick
  • The Adventures of Batman and Robin
  • Batman: The Animated Series

Uhhh yeah.  I think Renegades is in pretty good hands.  As I’ve already covered in this post, we’ve got some very experienced veterans involved here, and experienced veterans with a great background.  Some of the folks who worked on some of the greatest animated series in the past 15 years now have their hands in G.I. Joe, and I think that can only be a good thing.  I can understand how some of the art and character designs might be a turn off to the adult Joe fan, but I still think we need to give the actual content a try before we prepare to write it off.