Jon Chu Says Cobra Commander Is Not The Same One From The First G.I. JOE Film

While talking about G.I. Joe Retaliation Jon Chu said not to expect the same Cobra Commander from the first film, he also talks a little bit about his new villain, and wishing he could have rebooted the franchise.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has already confirmed that we will not be seeing him as Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe Retaliation. But when the trailer was released the Commander was featured. According to Jon Chu, who spoke with MovieFon, this is not the same Commander saying, "No (its not the same as Gordon Levitt's character). [Smiling] But we figured out a way that's pretty nice. And you get the Cobra Commander that you've always wanted. Or, to me, what I always wanted: a bad-ass villain. He's one of the most iconic villains ever. I'm even following him on Twitter -- he's so funny." Also he said that there was an issue with trying to get Cobra Commander from the first film to the second film, but they couldn't loose him.

Chu was also asked about adapting Firefly as one of the movies villains. "He's One of my favorite characters and I had to have him in this movie. We do a different take on Firefly, no doubt, so he's not exactly the "Firefly" Firefly that we know. But he's a force to be reckoned with. He's a bad-ass and he still kicks some serious ass.", said Chu. One of the loose ends that Chu will be responsible for tying up will be the fate of Destro, who was imprisoned with Cobra Commander at the end of the first movie. Chu says to expect to see a glimpse of him in the film, but we will just have to wait and see.

Another interesting bit of information is when he talked about Stephen Sommers' G.I. Joe movie. Not having anything negative to say about it Chu credits making changes to it to what makes G.I. Joe so great. Said Chu "It's hard, but I think everybody felt like we wanted to do a sort of re-attitude toward the movie. And that's part of the tradition of G.I. Joe, that it reinvents itself every several years. So it's sort of inline with what had been done, you know, whether it was in the cartoon or if they changed the theme song to another theme song. To me, all of those different transitions are what makes G.I. Joe so great.". He also said the biggest hurdle to making this film was the first movie saying, "We had many times that we were like, 'Wait, what year did that movie take place? God dang it.' And we're still discussing some things. But, it's part of the challenge." Chu also stated he would have rather just made his own movie than trying to make a sequel because, "For any filmmaker you want to start with nothing".

To check out the rest of the interview click HERE. Also make sure to check back here at CBM for the latest on G.I. Joe Retaliation.

G.I. JOE Retaliation stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, and will be released on June 29, 2012.

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Wildaniel - 2/13/2012, 1:11 PM
You know since its not a reboot I wonder how the movie will explain Cobra Commander and Destro breaking out of jail? I guess maybe since Zartan is the president he is able to release them. But I dont think Destro is in the movie.
nailbiter111 - 2/13/2012, 1:14 PM
so glad they are getting CC right this time. he is one of my fav villains ever.
Wildaniel - 2/13/2012, 1:17 PM
And what happens to The Baroness? In the first movie she was in a hospital/jail on a ship. I cant believe that there is no Baroness in a GI JOE movie!!! Jon Chu said that there is no Cobra Commander in the movie (Now we know there is) so maybe The Baroness will be in the movie as well played by someone else. I HOPE!!!

Might have been easier if they just rebooted the movie.
Wildaniel - 2/13/2012, 1:41 PM
You know I actually likes Sienna Miller as The Baroness, only thing missing was an accent. It would be cool if she did return in the second movie.

Im proud to say I have this poster, lol.





joeker - 2/13/2012, 1:47 PM
i only watched the 1st one so i could see sienna miller in a tight leather outfit :P
jessepostal - 2/13/2012, 1:52 PM
Yaaay destro's making an appearance!!
TheRationalOne - 2/13/2012, 1:53 PM
This one looks so much better than the last one. Grif hates everything. Do you EVER leave the basement?
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/13/2012, 1:54 PM
[frick] producers! They should have let him reboot it!
We could have get a perfect adaptation this time!
MassExecutions - 2/13/2012, 2:03 PM
The important thing about Firefly is that he is being played by Ray Stevenson, and Ray Stevenson can't NOT be awesome.
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/13/2012, 2:08 PM
Mass@ Ray cant be awesome?...
TheJester187 - 2/13/2012, 2:17 PM
Destro better be in this bitch wit a full metal face and have juss as big of a role as he did in the last one or that's bullshit! Love cobra commander this
OverCross - 2/13/2012, 2:18 PM
Not the same?



Fair enough.
StrangerX - 2/13/2012, 2:18 PM
I was hoping for something different
StrangerX - 2/13/2012, 2:24 PM
Meaning the new Cobra is good
CapFan79 - 2/13/2012, 2:26 PM
So JGL was not the "real" Cobra Commander? Not sure how they swing that one. It seems clear from the trailer that Storm Shadow breaks CC out of his prison, unless it's maybe the other way around? Curious to see but I'm psyched for this movie!
nowtheresaBATman - 2/13/2012, 2:32 PM
@Gusto...no Scarlett bouncing along on a treadmill this time :(

@Wildaniel Because this isn't a reboot the Baroness is doomed. Miller looked great as the Baroness until she turned out to be a blonde chick that used to go on picinic's w/ Puke. Nobody wants that story arch continued.

Destro was not Destro in Rise of Chupacabra. And Puke talked like he was fresh off of the Step up to the Streets or what ever glee punk shit movie set it was.
Disgusting.



nowtheresaBATman - 2/13/2012, 2:34 PM
@CapFan79 maybe it is the same Cobra Commander...they just don't take his mask off. The voice wouldn't be hard to recreate.
13echo - 2/13/2012, 2:49 PM
Screw Cobra Commander...... I want Serpentor!!!! Oh and throw in Quick Kick just for shirts and giggles
vinnie8519 - 2/13/2012, 3:15 PM
i wished they rebooted it 2,but if they change commander im already a bit happier
Bobevanz - 2/13/2012, 4:03 PM
ahhh how ossim cobra commander looks in the movie. Almost a spitting image of the toons, GO JOE! oh yeah and if channing tatum does die, more 1-ups for everyody!
BatSlam - 2/13/2012, 4:13 PM
I am going to laugh so hard at Stephen Sommers when this cobra commander is 100 times better than his version. He said that the cobra commander from the comics and cartoon would not translate to the movies and that is why they went the direction they did in RIse of the cobra, and that there version of Cobra commander is true to the character but a great new version ... he was soooo full of shit and this cobra commander is going to be bad ass!
JasonCYates - 2/13/2012, 4:21 PM
What the deuce?? I just hope the voice is more snake like.
HulkbusterNYC - 2/13/2012, 4:33 PM
It's gonna suck! NOT even Bruce Willis can help this movie
Cerebro - 2/13/2012, 4:59 PM
YO JOE! This is the guy who made the justin B. movie, so don't get your hopes up Joe's.
thalidomide - 2/13/2012, 6:02 PM
To be fair, Cobra's mask is much better now than the first movie.
GUNSMITH - 2/13/2012, 6:24 PM
DEFINITE IMPROVEMENT OF COBRA COMMANDER MASK..THAT FIRST ONE WAS JUST RIDICULOUS ...
aNarcHy2day - 2/13/2012, 7:46 PM
I'd love to see what this movie has to offer mostly because I love the Rock.
The CC looks much better too. Please no whimpering brother stuff this time around.
My only problem is because it's not a reboot (why oh why?), they can't continue with the few things they did get right in the first movie (those are so few and far in between one could have easily missed them).
1. Rachel Nichols- They had the perfect Scarlett. Just imagine Nichols and Palicki in the same movie kicking ass. Golden!
2. Dennis Quaid- There won't be a Hawk in this one. And I think Quaid did a fair job.
3. No Baroness- C'mon! A GI Joe movie without a Baroness? I didn't like either her arc or Sienna's portrayal of her especially in the later part of the first. But you don't just write the franchise's second most awesome character out of a movie(The first has to be Eyes)!
Vital - 2/13/2012, 9:13 PM
I'm content with everything he said. Destro cameo is okay with me. There's no point of having Baroness without Destro (they're a couple- well in the cartoons lol). Gives more room to other characters like Zartan to really showcase who they are.
soundwave129 - 2/13/2012, 10:12 PM
I love it! I always liked the idea of Cobra Commander being a title rather than one man. And as a bonus this allows them to get rid of the horrible backstory from ROC (Only part of it I really didn't like). Plus: Destro cameo! I'm sold. I'm just sad it won't be Christopher Eccelston this time.
Vital - 2/14/2012, 1:39 AM
Christopher Eccelston makes a good bad guy. He has that attitude ya know? He just wasn't right for Destro is all.
TheSecretAvenger - 2/14/2012, 2:21 AM
Maybe Duke will turn into the Commander.. Also, I'm worried that RoadRock was an Arashikage. Have you guys seen the toy packaging? He's sporting an Arashikage tattoo! And holding a sword. Damn.
JackBauer - 2/14/2012, 5:56 AM
I'm glad it's not the same character and I'm glad it's not a reboot. A good writer and director can fix pretty much anything.

I don't care if Chu directed the Bieber movie or not. Everything I've seen so far seems to indicate this movie will be good. The only thing I'm worried about is they may oversaturate the movie with ninjas.
MassExecutions - 2/14/2012, 6:29 AM
AlexDeLarge87 - No, no. Stevenson can not, NOT be awesome. If you go up to Ray, and say "Ray, stop being awesome," he can't do it. He has to continue being awesome.
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/14/2012, 7:15 AM
Mass@ Oh okey! My mistake!;)
kingkrikkit - 2/14/2012, 2:57 PM
Id still really like to see Tomax and Xamot, without the lame outfits, but the twins that run Cobras business affairs, with scars and all, but by night they help run Cobras criminal element. They could even easily get away with what they did with Social Network, get a really good actor in a dual role with a body double and CGI faces when neccessary.
HellScorpion - 2/15/2012, 6:12 PM
Maybe the burned one was actually Dr. Mindbender, they never did show him again after the bombing and the faux Commander never said he had him killed or anything...
AlexRival - 2/16/2012, 7:14 AM
^^ This, I thought the "Doctor" was Mindbender before the movie, and even when I saw it I thought he was better for Mindbender than Commander.

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