When I was a kid, there were two things: Transformers and G.I. Joe.
Some days I was all about my Transformers, but at the end of the day I never let go of my love for G.I. Joe. I played with those action figures into my teens. They were the greatest. And even today I remember the original animated series with fondness. I even went so far as to collect the early comic books, which I think were more adult and complex than the series ever dared get.
One of the standout storylines in the original comics was the story of Snake-Eyes. How his face was injured, causing him to wear the mask, and his training as a ninja along side Storm Shadow—his Cobra arch nemesis.
One thing I always wanted to do was be a part of making a G.I. Joe live action movie. When word came out that Transformers was coming to the big screen, I figured once that proved to be a success they would move on Joe. And they have. And, as you probably can guess, I have nothing to do with it.
Well, regardless of that, I’m still curious to see just how they pull it off. Stephen Sommers of Mummy fame will be directing, which at least means we’ll get something with plenty of excitement. But a movie like this, it could easily go two ways. They could pull it off and actually make it effective like Transformers, or screw the pooch and end up with something like Street Fighter.
Only time will tell at this point.
But we have been given a little online treat—our first look at Snake Eyes, who is undoubtedly the single most popular character of the action figure franchise. Ray Park, famously known for providing the body (if not the voice) of Star Wars’ Darth Maul, is the man in the suit. And to be down right honest, this shot does stay very true to the character. For that, I give them kudos. It’s safe to say that if Wolverine was the standout character of the X-Men movies, Snake Eyes would be that character for G.I. Joe.
What do you Joe fans think?