[UPDATED: Check Out New Images of Jinx, Lady Jaye and Roadblock!]
There's no doubt that G.I. Joe's resident ninja Snake Eyes is badass. In fact, Snake Eyes was (in this writer's opinion) one of the only saving graces of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and somehow director Stephen Sommers managed to even mess that up, by giving Snake Eyes a mask with a plastic mouth on the front of it...for some reason.
It's true that Snake Eyes got the short end of the stick in the first film - but it's just as true that Jon M. Chu, director of the upcoming sequel film G.I. Joe: Retaliation has learned from the mistakes of predecessor on several fashion fronts. We've already seen Chu's much improved version of Cobra Commander - and today we're getting a closer look at the improved Snake Eyes.
Check out the image of the new improved Snake Eyes (played in the movies by the iconic Ray Park), courtesy of Total Film. UPDATE: The images of Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki), Snake Eyes Protege, Jinx (Elodie Young) and Roadblock (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) are courtesy of Paramount:
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Now that is what a badass silent ninja commando should look like! Notice the lack of foam muscles, a visor that looks like venetian blinds, and a plastic mouthpiece - which is totally unnecessary for the guy who has taken on a solemn vow of silence. Sword on back, check. Gun at the ready, check. That's the Snake Eyes I know and love from my classic G.I. Joe cartoons.
For a comparison, check out a side-by-side of Snake Eyes in Rise of Cobra:
Admittedly, the inclusion of the red color was pretty sweet in movie Snake Eyes version 1.0 - but the G.I. Joe 2 trailers have already shown that there is indeed some red left in our resident ninja's costume, even if we can't see it in that image above. Did we mention no plastic mouthpiece. That really just says it all, doesn't it?
G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be in theaters on June 29, 2012.
Source: Total Film & Paramount