New ‘G.I. Joe 2′ Posters; Jon Chu Describes His Approach to the Sequel

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No less than eight G.I. Joe: Retaliation character posters were released last week, featuring the sequel’s various new, returning and improved heroic/villainous players alike. An additional pair of character one-sheets have since made their way online – in the form(s) of an alternate pic with Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye (now, with desert camouflage attire) and Detroit 1-8-7‘s D.J. Cotrona as Flint – along with a Korean poster for the film.

You can see all three new promotional images in the gallery above. Be sure to also scroll on down for larger versions of each poster, plus excerpts from an interview where Retaliation director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3D) discusses casting big-name action stars like Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis – along with his explanation of how the Joe sequel works as a standalone reboot, a regular sequel and a throwback to classic Joe mythos.

On casting Willis as the “original” Joe (Colton) in Retaliation, Chu said the following (via THR):

“He was always our dream guy to play Joe Colton, the original Joe, [but] I didn’t necessarily know if he would ever do something like this. It’s such a very specific brand — the character Joe Colton exists, but not really. But the question I keep getting from people like my mom is, “well, who plays Joe?” And there is no Joe, but we had this character Joe Colton that we built into the movie that would help bring it back to the basics. That was a big part of the movie — these guys don’t have laser guns; they are relearning how to be a soldier all on the ground, how to be a leader, how to make moral decisions, all those things, reset it all. And Bruce is the guy [to anchor that]…”

With regards to securing “The Rock” to portray muscular BAMF (and skilled cook) Roadblock:

“That is what took us the longest. We were already doing design work, the costumes, the set work. Everything was like closing in and we did not have a cast yet, but we all knew that it was important to find the right guy that would set everything up. And when you look out in the landscape, who is that masculine action hero that isn’t just a pretty boy? Dwayne is that, and he’s charming and he’s family friendly… He comes from a military family — his cousin is in active duty I believe right now — and so he comes from a very real place. He’s like, this means a lot to me in terms of the military men and women out there and servicing that and their kids, to know that like their parents are heroes, and yes, we’re in a fantasy world, but it represents the same ideals…”

Check out Willis and Johnson – along with Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow – in the Korean Retaliation poster:


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On the topic of how Chu views Retaliation as a mix of Joe universe elements, both new and old:

“… You can’t discount the first movie at all — it was a huge and people loved it — but for me what I love about ‘Joe’ is that everybody has interpreted theirs different ways. The comic book interprets it in one way. Even in the cartoon series, they switched theme songs in the middle, and so everybody interprets it in a different way. So for me I was like, let’s jump to a different part of the Joe world. It’s the same world, but at a different point. So when I pitched it, that was the idea — let’s pay homage to the old stuff, but also do new stuff. G.I. Joe was ultimate mash-up before mash-up ever existed, so that’s perfect right now. And all the kids who don’t know anything about G.I. Joe, who only know ‘Call of Duty’, who stole all their stuff from G.I. Joe, let’s reclaim it and do it better.”

Lastly, as to whether or not Retaliation directly addresses the fate of those Joe characters from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra who were not deemed worthy to return in the followup:

“Yes and no. We address a little bit, but also leave some of it up in the air. But in my mind the movie was never about them, the movie is about our characters that you introduced from the beginning. We wanted people to come into this movie, and if you haven’t seen the first movie, be totally okay, which is actually pretty tough, because Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow are hard to explain to somebody who had never seen G.I. Joe. But we leave some of it open, so you’ll see.”


Passing over Chu’s diplomatic (but sure-to-be-contested) comment about people loving Rise of Cobra, the director’s decision to refashion the Joe franchise – so that Retaliation is closer to the down n’ dirty action thriller he envisions as a proper live-action G.I. Joe movie – has already won (and should continue to win) support from fans.

Of course, it helps that we’ve already seen enough footage from Retaliation – to suggest that, between the better casting decisions and grittier approach to Joe lore that Chu described, the director could very well deliver on his promise(s).

G.I. Joe: Retaliation hits theaters in the U.S. on June 29th, 2012.


Sources: Jon Chu, The Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide, General Joes, THR

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  1. ok, with all these posters and interviews lately. there has to be a new trailer out soon!

  2. Too bad Flint, booby-armor is the most protective of all armors. That metal vest isn’t going to help you one bit. One shot to your chest and your dead. What were you thinking? Coming dressed like that to the battlefield. Haha, you so stupid.

    • Soooo, what about Lady Jaye, I guess she’s safe too right?

      • Haha. Lady Jaye is incredibly safe. She ain’t wearing that flimsy metal vest. She’s wearing booby-armor. She could take a bullet to the chest. No problem. She’s so smart.

  3. I would like to know whether or not they will introduce shipwreck, spirit, & maybe some of the other cobra villains. Also, I hope that Destro looks better. I like how they hooked up cobra commander. I just hope that the movie itself turns out to be thorough as hell.

  4. They need to release footage focusing on channing and the rock. Thats their biggest draw for audiences now.

  5. The first movie was one of the worst “action” movies I have seen.
    Glad that Channing Tatum is down to a minimum. He can’t act or fight.

  6. Why hasn’t Shipwreck been in either movie? He was always my second favorite GI Joe character, next to Snake-Eyes. Speaking of those two, weren’t Shipwreck and Snake-Eyes best buddies in the 80′s cartoon? That could just be my memory of those two being my favorite characters and the imaginary adventures I would have with those two in my toy collection as a child.

  7. Agreed. The first movie blew big and Channing Tatum was the worst choice to play an iconic leader such as “Duke”!
    Saying that all of the Joes are dead just to streamline a story to fit around a select few is also a bad idea. You can still have missions take place on a global scale and still only focus on the exploits of one team or another–just like in the comics or cartoon.
    The Arishikage tattoo on Snake-Eyes’ armor and sword is overkill–mainly put there to show non-fan types the relationship between himself and Stormshadow. I think they were trying to get the ‘Renegades’ look with this and the costume–which by the way is an extreme improvement, but still lacking something.
    Although Chu states this will be a grittier version of ‘Joe that we really want to see, I still think they’re going to screw it up.

    • lol well have to wait and see. I think the movie looks good. As long as its a good movie then im happy. This is the movie ive been waiting for with the rock. It fits him really well. My only concern is if its corny and childish again than the gritty version element is pointless. Also this movie will most likely have a lot of surprise characters and the ending is sure to leave audiences in shock.

  8. I would be shocked if they introduced Serpentor, Tomax & Xamot, & Doctor Venom into the film at some point to set it up for future sequels. I hope it does turn out to be a good movie though.

  9. no accelerator suits thank god!!! thought those were so corny from the last one and really hope Duke dies in the beginning, don’t like Channing Tatum as him

  10. I didn’t know much about G.I Joe until I watched the first movie where it was cheesey and kind of awful during to the laser guns and Channing Tatum as Duke.

    I don’t think Duke will be killed since he is a popular character but the worst part is Channing Tatum is playing Duke, which is annoying as he can’t act or fight.

    I really hope Jon Chu gives the hard hitting action and gritty G.I Joe movie version that the fans deserved.

    With The Rock and Bruce Willis in this movie, this could be something awesome.

  11. Has anyone asked Jon Chu straight up if he killed off Duke?