Though G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was not everyone’s favorite film of 2009, it was successful enough the world over to give way to a sequel - G.I. Joe: Retaliation. And that sequel, which was supposed to hit theaters last summer, was, to the surprise of many, delayed nearly a year for 3D conversion and reshoots (that may or may not include more Channing Tatum).
We’ve seen a few theatrical trailers and TV spots already, and now we have a 90-second spot that primarily focuses on a mountain-climbing fight sequence between Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and a bunch of ninjas (once again to the tune of Jack White’s ‘Seven Nation Army’). We also have word that four minutes from the film will be debuting before Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
The 90-second spot starts out with a confrontation between mortal ninja enemies, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee). Naturally, this leads to the aforementioned mountain-climbing fight between Snake Eyes and a whole bunch of other ninjas, whom Snake Eyes proceeds to cut down, one after the other. In mid-air. Thousands of feet off the ground.
The computer-generated mountain-climbing antics are mostly well-done, but they’re just a little bit reminiscent of the cartoonish ninja fight from the beginning of Blade 2.
The rest of the spot focuses on Roadblock (played by Dwayne Johnson) and General Joseph Colton (Bruce Willis), A.K.A. G.I. Joe himself. This will be the third movie this year where Willis plays an old action hero brought out of retirement to fight the bad guys (the other films being RED 2 and, of course, A Good Day to Die Hard).
Interestingly, Channing Tatum – who reprises his role as Duke in the film – doesn’t appear in the spot at all (unlike the most recent trailer where he was seemingly the main character). I say that’s interesting because, since starring in the first G.I. Joe film, Tatum’s star has basically exploded, thanks to a string of hit roles in the past two years (Magic Mike most of all). It was reported last year that the infamous reshoots took place specifically to add more scenes with Channing Tatum, whose scenes from the original cut tested extremely well with audiences, but the director, Jon M. Chu, recently denied that that was the case.
If you’re dying to see more G.I. Joe: Retaliation footage, you should probably check out the 4-minute preview before Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (starring Jeremy Renner and Gemme Arterton), which premieres today. You should also read our set visit preview, courtesy of Ben Kendrick.
What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to finally seeing G.I. Joe 2 in theaters? Let us know in the comments.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation hits theaters March 29th, 2013.