G.I. Joe Flashback, an independent film about a key era in the lives of several future Joes, is now funding with under 30 days to go!
We all know the stories– the tale first recounted in Marvel Comics G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #26— of a Vietnam LLRP team consisting of the men who would go on to become Stalker, Storm Shadow, and Snake Eyes. However, do we know the stories that came before those events in which Tommy dropped everything to rescue his friend, cementing the bond between them?
This is going to be more than just a “fan film”. The folks behind G.I. Joe Flashback are bringing in some real talent to not just tell this story but to tell it right. The film is produced by cosplayer extrordinaire “Skinny“, and features a talented and passionate group of fans helping to bring it to light. Names like Bill Nedrow and Paul Panfalone are no strangers to the fan community. Every detail from the story to the score is being supervised with a true reverence to the source material.
It’s no secret that Roadblock was the focal point of the G.I. Joe Retaliation marketing efforts. Simply put: you don’t put someone like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in a film and then ignore his presence. This also means that the accompanying toy line is going to be chock-full of Roadblock figures– each with something just a bit different to make them unique from the rest. Such is the case of the wave 3.5 release of “Ultimate Roadblock” which attempts to be the most screen accurate version of the character to date.
So, is this really the “Ultimate Roadblock” or just “yet another Roadblock”? Is he worth a purchase after the wave 2 Battle Kata Roadblock version?
The backlog of G.I. Joe Retaliation figures gets a bit smaller with the Ultimate Flint review!
In the film, Flint was portrayed as a brash, cocky, and headstrong member of the team who found himself tested when Cobra Commander’s brutal plan was put into action. Some fans felt this didn’t jive with his portrayals in various media over the past 30 years while others found it to be spot-on with his early appearances in Larry Hama’s Marvel Comics run. Regardless, wave 3.5 of the Retaliation line brought fans “Ultimate Flint”– a figure sporting a more movie-accurate deco and enough accessories to outfit a platoon. Is this figure worth a purchase considering there was a Flint figure released just one wave earlier?
Yesterday was a great day for the Joe Community– the release of the G.I. Joe Retaliation on Blu-Ray and DVD. True, the film had been available digitally for two weeks but this was the first chance for fans to be able to run out and purchase a tangible copy of the film for their home library. As with most major home media releases, there were a bevy of different retailer exclusives from steelbook cases to bonus feature discs of interviews. (Most of these are broken down excellently by Justin over at YoJoe.com in his DVD/Blu-Ray Buyer’s Guide.)
However, only one version really caught my attention– the Extended Action Cut offered by Best Buy which promised more action and about 15 minutes of footage that wasn’t shown in theatres. So, in the midst of the rain I ran out over my lunch hour and snagged a copy and, after what seemed like an eternity at the office, sat down to watch it last night.
SDCC 2013 is winding down and G.I. Joe news has been a bit scarce. However, the folks at CraveOnline decided to go straight to the source and talked to Jon M. Chu at the Hasbro booth about G.I. Joe 3!
Once again– I like what I’m hearing! The fact that he’s open to bringing back characters from the first film that were noticeably absent in G.I. Joe: Retaliation is fantastic! It’s very clear after reading all of the Retaliation interviews that director Jon M. Chu is a Joe fan from “way back” but that his hands were somewhat tied by having to acknowledge the events of Rise of Cobra. However, that didn’t stop him from taking a pre-existing script and turning it into a action tour-de-force worthy of the Joes we all know and love. Now, with more creative control and a self-professed love of the Marvel Comics series I can only speculate just what lies in store for the third film in the series.
Bringing back Scarlet because she has “more stories to tell”? YO JOE!!!
A big thanks to the folks at CraveOnline for posting the interview!
I make no bones about the fact that I loved G.I. Joe Retaliation. The film dropped in theatres a few days before my “milestone” birthday and complete washed away the bad taste that was left by G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. This was how a G.I. Joe SHOULD have been done and it succeeded in spite of the fact that it had to acknowledge the missteps of its predecessor. Months later, my review of Retaliation still stands and I cannot wait to snag the film when it hits Blu-Ray and DVD later this month.
I’ve also made it known that when it comes to G.I. Joe animation I’m a fan of Sunbow over DiC. (As is MOST of the fandom.) However, sometimes in life you stumble across a combination that is so different that it just works. Much like the whole “you got your peanut butter on my chocolate…” ads from years ago, I saw this on Facebook earlier today and thought “Hey, you got your DiC on my Retaliation!” Yet, the combination really really works. So, while you’re waiting for Retaliation end up legally in your video collection in just 18 days, check out this awesome video mash-up!
G.I. Joe Retaliation hits stores on July 30, 2013!
The program is simple– for the rest of the summer AMC Theaters is hosting a special screening of a previously-released film each Monday – Wednesday night at 10pm. For only $3.00, you can have the chance to revisit a number of blockbuster films on the big screen one more time including The Amazing Spider-man,Django Unchained, and G.I. Joe Retaliation! That’s right– the incredibly fun Joe movie directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Bruce Willis, the Rock, and Ray Park will be on the big screen from August 5 – 7.
So, not only can you revisit all the thrilling action of the Joes taking down Cobra one more time but you can also feel good about doing so by knowing that your ticket dollars will go to help one of three key children’s medical charities. C’mon– what could be better than that?
As they said in Starship Troopers– do your part! Hit AMC Theaters today! (Okay, maybe I added that last bit.)
It’s time for the final image in Twitziller‘s fantastic “40 Reasons to be Excited for G.I. Joe Retaliation” series with the best reason of them all – G.I. Joe!
Some things just speak for themselves. When Larry Hama first introduced Joe Colton into the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero title I was floored! It was the first honest attempt to draw a connection between the world of the 12″ Joes and the Adventure Team and the 1:18 ARAH era. In a flawless move, Larry gave a name to the 12″ Adventure Team Commander and made him the inspiration for the then-current team. Brilliant!!!
When Jon M. Chu and his team set out to cast the movie there was one name to which they looked to bring such an iconic character to life: Bruce Willis. No other American actor today has the presence, cinematic history, and attitude to bring General Colton to life– even if he doesn’t have “life-like hair and beard.” Bravo, team. Bravo.
Now we’re at the end— G.I. Joe Retaliation is now in theatres. So, quit lolly-gagging around looking at your computer and go out and see the movie already! Yo Joe!!
A HUGE thanks to Twitziller for all of his hard work in crafting these images. We’ve never met, good sir, but when we do the first brew is on me.
That’s right– today is March 28, 2013! It’s the premiere of G.I. Joe Retaliation!!!!
We’ve waited months for this and now the day has finally arrived. This weekend fans will flock to see that latest live action adventure of our favorite Real American Hero on the big screen and I have the feeling that they’re going to love it.
The film is currently sitting at 42% over at RottenTomatoes.com with the critics but 82% of audiences have enjoyed it thus far. I’ve managed to see it twice now (cough FANBOY, cough) and have enjoyed myself both times. It’s a film that holds up to a repeated viewing rather well. You can read JBL’s Review of G.I. Joe Retaliation RIGHT HERE as well as other reviews from around the fandom.
My advice– go and see it for yourself. Get some popcorn, a large drink, and prepare to kick back and relax for next hour and forty minutes as the Joes once again prove themselves to be Real American Heroes!
Honestly this is a tricky one to write up because it’s not really overtly featured in the film. The Battle Kata Roadblock figure showcased the full extend of the variable weapons system wielded by Roadblock rather effectively. It’s a dynamic concept and one that can offer a soldier in combat more options than they can shake a stick at. Plus, it’s hard not to look at the image above and think just how cool that pistol is.
Check out the rest of Twitziller’s series of images below. Tomorrow is RETALIATION DAY!!!