So far the only G.I. Joe posters we seen have shown off more black leather than actual human skin. Today we have the official international poster for G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, and it’s pretty much a rehash of the posters we’ve seen before (the characters are pretty much in the same poses), only with two noticeable differences:

The first real images of what look to be Cobra Commander and Destro!

First take a quick look at the poster:

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It’s sorta cool how they angle the title and all the film info to separate the G.I. Joes and Cobras into their separate corners. As far as the images of the Joes – like I said, pretty much the same as the images we’ve seen before on previous posters. On the Cobra side – the images of the Baroness (Sienna Miller) and Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee) are pretty much the same as their individual character posters.

But what about those two Cobra operatives lurking in the upper right-hand corner? The one all the way to the right with the half-mask on: could that be Cobra Commander (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)? That would make the figure in the full mask and helmet none other than Destro (Christopher Eccleston), I’m guessing. Sweet.

Of course if those two figures ARE Cobra Commander and Destro, then they bear little resemblance to their original cartoon counterparts, or even the Cobra Commander and Destro action figures we saw a few months back. But hey, it’s a movie and changes are going to get made. After all, in Destro’s case it would look somewhat ridiculous if a bad guy was running around with a steel head for most of the movie (see Shaquille O’Neal in Steel for a prime example of what not to do).

Also, I love the tagline for the Cobra team, “Evil never looked so good”. Um, is that line referring to the three masked and/or disfigured Cobra guys – or is that entire tagline solely referring to the shapely hemispheres of Sienna Miller’s ass? No doubt the latter. What a stupid tagline.

Does seeing all your favorite G.I. Joe characters on one poster give you a thrill? Or does it leave feeling further skeptical about the prospect of Rise of Cobra being any good?

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra hits theaters on August 7, 2009.

Source: Empire Magazine