[UPDATE: Ok so now we’ve got a solid look at Destro too! See bottom of the post!]

The Japanese trailer for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra recently hit the web and the guys over at Cinematical were savvy enough to spot a little Easter egg tucked into an otherwise carbon-copy version of the domestic trailer: a first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cobra Commander!

Up until now all we’ve had are toys and word-of-mouth to go on, as far as what Cobra Commander would look like in the film, but now we know for sure – and knowing… well, you know. Check out the new Cobra Commander:…But before I go throwing up the Japanese trailer for G.I. Joe and force you to sit through two minutes of a mediocre-looking movie, I thought I’d warn you: Cobra Commander is only in a single shot (:04 seconds in) and then the rest of the trailer is everything we’ve already seen before. It’s really not such a big revelation, all things considered.

So, if you don’t want to waste the 4 seconds necessary for viewing the trailer, here is a quick screen shot of Cobra Commander (guy on the left with the S&M mask on):

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If you want to see the good Commander “in motion,” here is the Japanese trailer for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra:

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My personal opinion? Finally seeing Gordon-Levitt as Cobra Commander is about as underwhelming as EVERYTHING ELSE I’ve seen from G.I. Joe; the design isn’t terrible (he looks kinda creepy), it isn’t great, it’s just…blah…

HOWEVER, this trailer does pretty much prove my earlier (much-disputed) guestimate that the Rise of Cobra international poster was actually depicting images of Destro (Christopher Eccelston) and Cobra Commander in full armor! Here’s a cropped version of the poster so you can see what I’m referring to:

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Like I said then (from L-R): Storm Shadow, Baroness, Destro and Cobra Commander. I stand by my guestimate.

UPDATE: Ok, so readers are telling me the poster is actually (from L-R): Storm Shadow, Baroness, Cobra Viper and Cobra Commander. NO DESTRO. Pretty random to have just 3 out of the 4 main villains on a poster, I say.

RE-UPDATE: And now, thanks to UGO, we have a better look at what we can actually expect the “finished” Destro to look like:

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will be in theaters on August 7, 2009.

What do you think: Cobra Commander – thumbs up? Thumbs down?

Source: Cinematical

RE-UPDATE Source: UGO