The producer of 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra' talks about what to expect from the villainous character in the live-action adaptation.
More details from the upcoming "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" have been shared and this time it is about the meanest of the baddies, Cobra Commander. Providing more information about this character, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told MTV News that Destro's boss will be portrayed as an intricate character saying, "As we see it, he's a very twisted character. As the backstory evolves, you discover why his personality [is like that]."
Contrasting the masked character played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Heath Ledger's Joker, di Bonaventura noted that unlike Joker who takes control of his background, Cobra's past will be unveiled in the movie. "I thought what was great in 'The Dark Knight' was that Heath kept telling you different stories [about his past] so you never knew what it was, and they were all spooky and crazy," he said. "[In our film] you get to see it, and you get to understand what's happened to this guy."
Furthermore, the producer also revealed that there will be some changes done to the mask used by this villain. "We'll see Cobra Commander in the Cobra mask [but] it will not be like the show," he confessed. "I found some of the [mask] aspects a little KKK for me so we tried to steer away from that image. We thought that might be a little much." And for the voice of the character, he insisted that the filmmakers will stick with Gordon-Levitt to get the menace out of the character.
Based on the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy franchise, "Rise of Cobra" is helmed by Stephen Sommers from the script by Stuart Beattie and Skip Woods. It stars Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Dennis Quaid, Brendan Fraser, Ray Park, Marlon Wayans, Rachel Nichols and Christopher Eccleston among others. The production took place in Downey, California and Prague's Barrandov Studios, while the movie itself is set for August 7, 2009 release.