G.I. Joe Tidbits - This Is Why You Should Be Excited!
We all know there is a G.I. Joe movie in the works, but not everyone smiles at the mention of it. In fact, I think I'm one of the few who is genuinely excited for it even a year out. We've been writing about it since it was first announced and even shared the first photos of Snake Eyes and Scarlett. However, if you're still skeptical, here's a few new details that might perk you up. A new script review popped up over at CC2K (it has since been removed), but io9 made sure to write down a few of the details that really stood out, including: accelerator suits, nano-bombs, the Neo-Vipers, and more.
Here's a recap on what we know about the storyline for the movie so far. This movie will be a modern telling of the "G.I. Joe vs. Cobra" storyline and its compelling characters that Hasbro created 25 years ago. The G.I. Joe team will not be based in Brussels. Instead, they will be based out of the "Pit" as they were throughout the 1980s comic book series. And, in keeping with the G.I. Joe vs. Cobra fantasy, the movie will feature characters and locations from around the world. Duke, the lead character and head of the G.I. Joe team, will embody the values of bravery and heroism that the first generation of G.I. Joe figures established.
In essence, the G.I. Joe team, led by Duke (played by Channing Tatum), fights for freedom whenever there is trouble - which involves Cobra Commander and his Cobra Force this time. Beyond that, the exact story hasn't been revealed, and we're not going to spoil anything for you, but we are going to share some of the cool things that were discovered in this most recent script review.
Accelerator Suits - These allow the G.I. Joe squad to "run faster, jump super-high, smash through walls, and shrug off bullets."
Nano-Bombs - A bomb that Cobra Commander is developing that launches a swarm of nanites that eat all non-organic material in the surrounding area including buildings and machinery but none of the people.
Neo-Vipers - A legion of ninja-like super-soldiers that are controlled by Destro that have been enhanced by nanotechnology to not feel any pain or remorse. They were created by a "mad scientist" known as the Doctor. Check out some photos of the old Neo-Viper figures here.
Destro's Mask - Also created by the same Doctor is a mask made of nanites that Destro wears because his face is disfigured after a fight. This gives Cobra the ability to control his mind.
Scarlett's Armor - You've already seen the photo, but apparently that armor allows her to become completely invisible for her missions, or so they say...
The G.I. Joe movie is being referred to as "a cross between X-Men, Saving Private Ryan and Starship Troopers." The real reason I'm excited for it: I have a good feeling that G.I. Joe is going to be as badass (or more) than Transformers. Paramount is kicking it up a notch with this one and Stephen Sommers and crew are really going all out. I've been excited from the start and now these tidbits have gotten me even more revved up. I don't know how you can hear about accelerator suits, nanotechnology, and epic battles and not be excited for this movie?
I'd actually love to hear why people aren't excited for it? I know it's still very early, but I'm certain in due time you'll all be foaming at the mouth for more G.I. Joe. Just wait until Comic-Con this July - I'm sure we'll see some footage then. I really have a good feeling about this, despite Sommers' shaky track record, but I feel like it's the producers, specifically Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who are really keeping this one on track. I just don't think we know of any of the real details that will get everyone excited yet, which is why is this our first taste of what's to come. And I definitely hope it has whet your appetite for G.I. Joe!