We’re only a few days from seeing Stephen Sommers’ vision of G.I. Joe with the release of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. To wet your appetite, we have eleven new movie stills to show you, including a long-awaited look at Destro’s (Chris Eccleston) mask!

If you asked me a few months ago – when the first pictures surfaced, showing off the individual characters – whether I was looking forward to Rise of Cobra, I would have stated enthusiastically “YES”. As time went on, however, the first video clips started coming online and my enthusiasm turned into concern.

Then, just as the hammer was starting its downward swing towards the nail, forever sealing my opinion, early reviews started hitting the Internet, and, much to many people’s surprise, the general consensus was that Rise of Cobra doesn’t suck!

Apparently Sommers wants to put the hammer of doubt away and never bring it out again, because he recently released the concept art for Destro’s mask, and if the real mask is anything close to the concept art below then I think the movie could turn out to be really cool.

Check it out (click for a larger version):


The look of Destro we are all familiar with


Not too shabby, right? Now let’s take a look at some of the stills. Again, click on any one for a larger version:


Snake Eyes (Ray Park) Flexes Some Muscle

General Hawk (Dennis Quaid)

Cover Girl (Karolina Kurkova)

Continue on to page 2 for more stills

Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee) and Baroness (Sienna Miller)

Duke, General Hawk, Breaker, Scarlett, Ripcord

Breaker (Saïd Taghmaoui)

Duke (Channing Tatum)

Continue on to page 3 for even more stills

Scarlett (Rachel Nichols) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans)

GI Joe Underground Hangar

Underwater base is about to be attacked


Check out the remainder of the pictures over at Yahoo Movies.

I don’t know about you, but these new pictures, combined with the mostly positive early reviews, have me once again looking forward to watching G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  The women look hot, the guys look buff and the bad guys look bad ass. Now if the movie is as fun and exciting as some reviewers are saying, then Sommers may have brought us a great closing to a mostly lackluster summer.

Do any of the new photos or Destro’s mask have you excited to see GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra? Or are you still feeling “eh” about it?

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra terrorizes theaters August 7, 2009.

Source: IESB, Yahoo Movies