‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’ Trailer: Looks Better Than the First One

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Next summer, director Jon Chu (Step Up 2 & 3) will attempt to craft a better G.I. Joe movie than the one put together by director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) back in 2009. To combat fan skepticism (which remains on red alert status at the time of writing this), Chu and CO. have promised that their sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, will give the franchise a fresh start, with a better cast, better story and most of all, better action than its predecessor.

With today’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer, we’re getting our first look at whether or not the actual film lives up to all the promises.

G.I. Joe 2 comes to us with mostly a new cast of characters, though the story will continue from where Rise of Cobra left off, in the sense that Cobra Commander (no longer played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is now the masked leader of the terrorist organization, and his crony, master of disguise Zartan (Arnold Vosloo), has infiltrated the highest echelon of the U.S. government, posing as the president. With Cobra pulling the strings of power, and still running lawless throughout the globe, a new Joe force is tasked with saving the day.

Check out the trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation below:

As you can see in the trailer, one lure of G.I. Joe 2 is the improved cast – with fan-favorite action stars like Bruce Willis, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Ray Stevenson replacing the likes of Marlon Wayans, Dennis Quaid and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – and the returning players having been whittled down to favorites like Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee). Of course, Channing Tatum returning is something that will still have many haters of the first film groaning –  and it’s fair to say the “hot girl” quotient has dipped a bit, with the addition of Adrianne Palicki and Elodie Young not quite covering the subtractions of beauties like Rachel Nichols, Sienna Miller and Karolina Kurkova. But I digress.

The other thing of note is the action glimpsed in the trailer: Director Jon Chu has made it clear that more practical effects and grounded, gritty, militaristic battle action is his intention for G.I. Joe: Retaliation. If nothing else, this trailer proves we will be getting just that. However, will the change in approach help G.I. Joe 2 stand out as an improvement over its predecessor? Or does the cartoon/comic source material deserve more fantastical representation…say, like, accelerator suits?

I’m sure the Internet will pool the popular opinion of the fanboy masses, after they’ve had a chance to view this trailer (you can vote right here).

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be in theaters on June 29, 2012

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  1. No Wayans = win

    • Correction no tatum = win

      • actually Tatum might not be dead in the movie just kiddnap. looking at the trailer again it could be Stephen Martines character Cross-Country who got killed

  2. What do you mean the “hot girl quotient has gone down”? Those girls are smokin’, and badass at that. This looks pretty cool, though the plot seems weak and I hope they don’t kill of Duke.

    I’ll watch this.

    • Never could take Tommy as a serious terrorist. Maybe by the cartoon standards but GI Joe Resolute came out a few months earlier and somehow was far more mature…yet animated.

      Not expecting anything from this but new cast/crew might be a good thing.

  3. i have a strange feeling Marvel Studio might consider The Rock to play Luke Cage if they do a movie :P

    • Luke Cage is a black man yo…

      • Dude, if you didn’t know, roadblock was also black and Roadblock is the character portrayed by Dwayne Johnson in this sequel.

        • Dwayne Johnson is half African American.

      • what u think The Rock is then. he is Half Black geez

  4. Hey, this looks pretty good, but I don’t know why the first one disappointed so many people. I thought it ROCKED!!!! Sure sad to see so many of the original cast members gone. However the addition of Dwayne and Bruce, should surely make up for it!!!! YO JOE!!!!!!

  5. i do like that remixed version of 7 nation army…. i hated the first film but this trailer actually caught my interests.

  6. “You alright?”

    “Yea. You?”

    “My cholesterol is a little high.”

    Classic GI Joe.

    • You forgot the button (punchline,) where she rolls her eyes at him.

  7. Finally, they fixed Cobra Commander’s mask! I’ve got high hopes for this one… Yo Joe!!

  8. If you were ever curious what Willis would’ve looked like as Hanabal Smith in The A-Team, well… Now you know. As for Duke possibly being killed off, I hope not. I wouldn’t shed a tear if they switched actors… Here’s to hoping he’s only injured and taken away by authorities. Maybe he could be in hiding, and upon his return looks different due to plastic surgery. Personally, I’m very excited by this trailer and like the more ‘gritty’ approach. It should have been that way in the first place.

  9. Where Is Destro???

    • Probably still locked up with the Baroness. Movie three might address this.

  10. Funny how you take a movie that was not very good add in some Dwayne Johnson(Fast Five)and suddenly its a blockbuster

    • LOL, you say that like that’s the only thing that’s been changed.

  11. I always thought the first GI Joe was good fun, but this looks badass!

  12. Anyone else notice the blindfolded-samurai-fight-scene taken right out of Final Flight Of The Osiris in the trailer?

    I like the first one! Gonna miss Rachel Nichols..

  13. I have to admit, this looks so much better than the first, I’m digging that new Cobra Commander mask!

  14. I saw “Gritty” and “Realistic” and I rolled my eyes. Then I watched the trailer- not bad- and heard the Glitch Mob remix of Seven Nation Army.

    I’m intrigued.

  15. Yah, um, Ray Stevenson doesn’t look anything like Ray Parks… Don’t know why you have every pic of Stevenson captioned Ray Parks…

  16. I’ll see it just because of SNAKE EYES

  17. Im sorry but the first movie was just fine and cast changes pretty much ruin it for me if they are playing the same characters. I mean i still havent gotten past the change in Rachel Dawes character in batman and I didn’t even like the character. I’m sorry but if there is no continuity then don’t even make the movie seriuosly. Really who cares what fanboys of the cartoon think when things have already been ruined from one movie to the next.

    • Actually they aren’t replacing any characters but introducing new ones. Baroness (Sienna Miller) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) aren’t in this film, but Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) and Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) are new characters introduced for it. It’s more like the cartoon this way…not every character was focused on in every episode. Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, Zartan, and Duke all made it to the sequel. The only actor being replaced is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but do you really need a high paid actor to wear a mask and yell “Cobra” every so often?

    • Dude you know nothing about the cartoon they couldn’t show them shooting real bullets because it was a Saturday morning aimed at 7 year olds the FFC wouldn’t allow it.

      • Same with the 90′s Spider-Man cartoon and X-Men. It’s still hilarious to me that somehow, Bruce Timm and Co. at WB were able to have actual guns in Batman: TAS. I guess they got around the issue by not actually showing anyone getting shot. Still would love to hear how they accomplished it though if that wasn’t the full reason.

        • @ Tom

          You’d be surprised how lucky Bruce Timm & Co. were to get away w/ some stuff. Bruce Timm actually spoke his mind about if they want a great animated Batman show, to give them some freedom to what feel is right for the show, etc. But still, it words like Kill, Puke, that were censored from the show. I recommend the book “Batman Animated” by Paul Dini & Chip Kidd. it gives more details about how censored Batman:TAS was before Fox Kids got stricter on other shows like X-Men, Spider-Man. Batman:TAS was on Fox Kids network before being moved to Kids WB with Superman:TAS.

          • Actually, it’s funny you mention that book because I have had it since I was 9 or 10. It’s a really good read.

        • If u watch the marvel 90s cartoon you will notice that they werent allow to punch either. Only kick. It makes me laugh. Cause were still a violent generations lol.

          • @ Ignur Rant

            I remember watching some episodes of the 90′s X-Men animated series where there was punching. The 90′s Spider-man animated series is however was pretty censored amongst the most imo. Show having laser-like guns, use of words throughout the show. Spider-man only threw one punch in one episode outta whole series in “The Spot”. I noticed in reruns kraven mentioning how he tracked Man-Spider because of scent from WTC parking garage explosion was edited out because of the 9/11 attacks. Same with a particular scene in the episode “Day Of The Chameleon”.

  18. You can’t make a movie out of every d@mn comic book!!

    • Why not? They’re making a movie out of every d@mn TV show. :-)

  19. This looks great to me. This has officially been encoded on my geek-radar.

  20. I didn’t realize that was cobra commander in the trailer so my anticipation just got a little higher because it wasn’t before,this movie might actually be good,i won’t say great,but it definitelly could be solid,and if there is another sequel after this listen to me carefully,please no sepentor. Thank you for listening

  21. GI Joe: Retardation

  22. I stand corrected. This is looking much better then the rancid first movie.

    Thank goodness they are using real guns and gear this time around.

  23. wow looking at some of the comments leads me to believe that some people need to take a happy pill and relax it’s just a movie not the end of the world The movie is going to be great I’m looking forward to seeing Jinx and lady Jaye in action because there the reason i watched the cartoon as a child.
    its anal-retentive Fans that ruined the first GI Joe movie. it’s based childs cartoon/toy line and comic book series they tried to be true to to that with the accelerator suits. what those types of fans need to know is they movie makers are trying to do there best to balance the surreal elements that made the cartoon great with reality

  24. Still think GI Joe Resolute is the best of the current adaptations. Better than Renegades, Rise of Cobra & most likely this as well.

  25. I still dont know. I love the replacement actors for this one but I still see a lot of cheese in the trailer. This is a rental at the moment.