Sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has released a debut trailer that hits you in the face with high impact action and (more importantly,) a lot of promise after many fans were left sour in the wake of the previous film.
This trailer immediately makes something perfectly clear: This is not going to be a Joe film with cheesy plot twists and the universally-maligned Accelerator Suits. Instead, we get a stream-lined Joe team, more organic action sequences, and an iron mask and helmet version of main arch-villain, Cobra Commander that will resonate more with adult fans who remember playing with their old light blue 3 3/4" action figure of him back when The Human League was dominating the Billboard charts.
Check out the first look at the redesigned G.I. Joe movie franchise below!
The trailer would premiere on Entertainment Tonight on Monday night, and this version is exclusive to Machinima.
Stepping into the director's chair with only a handful of dance movies and a Justin Bieber documentary on his resume, director, Jon Chu wasn't exactly at the helm of a project many considered auspicious. In fact, the franchise was all but written-off after the reception of 2009's Rise of Cobra went chilly, followed by the mass exodus of cast members and director, Stephen Sommers on the would-be sequel. However, what Chu had, was the backbone of the last film's primary cast, and an ace in the hole with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, as classic heavy machine-gunner Joe, Roadblock. -- Oh, and Bruce Willis as "original G.I. Joe," Joe Colton.
What we also see, is the byproduct of a franchise redefined from a script by Zombieland scribes, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, which taps into a nostalgic well that Rise of Cobra seemed to purposely avoid. In fact, the duo are working on the script for the Deadpool solo movie, which, after this trailer might make one even more excited.
As a result of Rheese and Wernick's genuine enthusiasm for the material, we see more traditional Joe elements, and even a nod to the classic Marvel Comics title envisioned by Larry Hama with the Arashikage Red Ninjas who attack Snake Eyes and his female ninja apprentice, Jinx.
All in all, this appears to be a franchise reinvigorated.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is set to hit theaters on June 29, 2012.