G.I. Joe Will Not Be Political

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gi joe2 G.I. Joe Will Not Be Political

The background of the whole G.I. Joe mythology, which dates back to World War II, plus all of the military activity (outfits and such…) we’ve seen in the footage released so far, suggests some sort of political angle within the movie. Well, according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, that’s not the case:

“This G.I. Joe has nothing to do with American foreign policy. It’s about a team of skilled operatives fighting an evil organization that’s trying to take over the world. There are no politics in it at all.”

Also, when comparisons were brought up between G.I. Joe and Transformers, Bonaventura weighed in with an objection:

“Actually, we were working on a G.I. Joe movie long before we did Transformers and our Joe isn’t based on the animated series–it’s based on the comic books that came out in 1982 and 1983.”

You wouldn’t expect a G.I. Joe movie that looks as silly as this one does to be chalk full of intelligent commentary on the political world of today. However, it may be expected that politics would play at least some part in it, even if isn’t a major one. It’s kind of encouraging to hear they are going at it as a purely  “fun” and action type of movie that you’d want to see – I’m pretty sure the audiences that have been wanting a live-action G.I. Joe for years now aren’t heading to the theater in the hopes for a political lecture.

It’s also interesting to note that this isn’t based on the cartoon series, but rather the early ’80s comic strip, which at one point was actually Marvel’s top selling book (however, this was mainly due to the popularity of the TV series, not to mention the long-running toy line). What that means for how it will turn out, I’m not quite sure, but I do know this will annoy a fair amount of people out there who are fans of the TV show still to this day.

Although this lack of political content is positive news, that still doesn’t stop this movie from looking like a complete disaster. The recent G.I Joe trailer looked as silly as anything else we’ve seen from it, and not in that “silly but nonetheless fun” sort of way… just bad silly.

I’m fully willing to be proven wrong about this one, but that’s what I said about Dragonball: Evolution

So, are you pleased that G.I. Joe won’t be political in nature? And what do you make of it being based on the comics as opposed to the TV series?

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is scheduled to be released on August 7th this year.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. I don’t see anything political involved. People have conspiracy theories about everything but The Rise of Cobra is not one of them.

  2. Maybe they need someone political to come in and stop this mess! And I don’t remember the comic book series being like this either. There was also a G.I. Joe vs Transformers crossover. Anyone remember that?

  3. Joe vs transformers was horrible. Newer versions were released a few years back. Devils Due publishing released one that was respectable and adhered close to the established mythos. Top Cow released one that was set during world war two where the nazis gain control of the decepticons. It was drawn by Jai Lee and was awesome. It was easily the best Joe comic I’ve ever read. All of these series were noted not to have taken place in continuity.

  4. I really dont sense a lot of buzz for this film.
    I hope I am wrong.

  5. I don’t see how a “fun action type” movie is based on the comics. From what I remember the comics were pretty in-depth (and bloody at times). Maybe the character bios are more from the comics, since there were basically none in the tv series.

    Accelerator Suits? Nanotech? This movie looks weak and will only draw an audience based on the name (and maybe Snake Eyes). I doubt we’ll even see a pic Cobra Commander before its release on the hopes that the mystery will draw people in opening weekend.

    My bet is this movie will be right up there with Street Fighter and Captain America.

    BTW – a TF / GIJoe crossover movie would be awesome. Even animated direct-to-DVD, that’s fine.

  6. To many people are wrapped on what they believe is a weird case of not being able to make a movie out of a tv show. How about this has nothing to do with the TV show and all the people who grew up with the show need to just not go see it. This way people won’t complain “its not like the show or its not like the comic”. And as for an Accelerator suit and nano technology, maybe some of you don’t pay attention to current news but that is the future. Nano technology is already being developed and it will have HUGE implications both in the medical and military fields.

  7. Who cares if the movie is realistic are not, its GI JOE how cool is that. Anybody who played with JOES back in the 80s is going to enjoy this movie. I think all of the critics who are haten only after seeing a trailer must have played with BARBIEs and not GI JOE. I cant wait to take my son to see this movie. P.S. was TRANSFORMERS realistic? Not so much but still a good movie.