Cobra Commander Seen as Twisted Character in 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra'

Cobra Commander Seen as Twisted Character in 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra'

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.




    Aug 10, 2009

    They have NO respect for the people that made Gi-Joe so great and much less for the fans! This dumbf*ks have no idea, no interest or care. Any Joe fan must speak out how SH+TTY the movie is! Stop them!

    Aug 05, 2009

    I just love the original GI Joe. Why do people feel the need to make the silly, cheesy, awsome cartoon into a gritty, mediocre, mainstream live action one? They're trying make it more realistic, but in doing so have wreaked the fun plot and characters.

    Jul 27, 2009

    If everyone would remember cartoon and the comic cobra only used the blue hood when he was chillen the bad dudes and he had the chrome helment on when he was in battle or on video.

    Jul 18, 2009

    They have released pics of the new toys found on google. CC has a clear mask, with what looks like a mangled face behind it. I assume the toys are based on the new movie?

    Jun 28, 2009

    The second that Hollywood took away the original GI Joe uniforms and went mainstream with their black X-men knock-off uniforms, the took away the Joes' characters and who they were. I'm very dissapointed with these people who just want to make movies to make movies without ever having watched an episode of GI Joe, Transformers, Dragonball...etc.

    May 26, 2009

    I totally agree with u vmac

    Apr 23, 2009

    It seems to me that all these cartoon to live action movies suck sweaty donkey...Michael bay totally destroyed transformers. He should be banned from doing movies. I'm hoping G.I.Joe isn't as horrible. so far i think sum of the characters look pretty good. Now the script etc. could make this movie lame as H@ll. Transformers sucks thanks to u M. Bay.

    Cobra Commander
    Apr 07, 2009

    I want to use my battle helmet.

    Dec 09, 2008

    I've noticed that every time a live action movie is being made from a childhood cartoon everyone who calls themselves a "fan" comes out of the woods to do nothing but rant on how much the movie is going to suck. WELL, don't forget how well the 1st TF movie did 2 years ago and also how EVERYONE bitched about how Megatron and the other G1 favorites were being changed (I was one of those who bitched). After seeing how well the movie was done, I said I would be more open to the changes "needed" for the things I loved as a child to carry on for the enjoyment of my children. Who cares if CC has the chrome mask or the hood.... it was all about hearing the late Chris Latta's voice as CC then as Starscream. Personally, I would love to see the chrome. Destro, I have to agree on this one. Destro was the one character who had kids hooked on GI JOE before we even saw the cartoon. He needs the mask, it was the whole mystery of not knowing anything about him that made him Mr. Scary. Even on his bio card it was real name and birthplace unknown... there should be no time wasted on a back story for him. If you want to fuss, what about Duke and the "6'2 eyes of blue" and blonde hair? Scarlet didn't look like she had the BRIGHT red hair. What about Breaker and his beard? Finally, what about Brenden F. playing GUNG HO???? All of these are very valid and justified arguements... just don't "swear off" the movie without giving it the well deserved chance of proving itself whether for good, or for ill..... COBRA!!!!!!!!

    Nov 21, 2008

    I hope they use the mirror mask/helmet for Cobra Commander, rather than change it!

    sad news for joe fan
    Nov 20, 2008

    When will Hollywood get some balls and make good films. This movie will be awful because of all the dumb-ass changes the studio are making to the original g.i. joe story. YO BLOW!

    YO JOE!
    Nov 20, 2008

    Dumb producer and studio!!!!

    Nov 20, 2008

    It worked for 30 years... Why mess it up?

    Snake Eyes
    Nov 20, 2008

    If I could talk I'd yell at the producer! Since I can't I'll just cut him up and feed him to 'Timber'.

    Nov 20, 2008

    This film is doomed. The Producer seems like an idiot. What will be good is the Japanese cartoon G.I. JOE Resolute.

    Oct 16, 2008

    yas destro need his metal head the kkk thing is crazy and you cant have a gi joe movie without shipwreck thats just not cool and x-men suits WTF i think ill watch this on dvd someday

    Oct 13, 2008

    I like what I've seen of the characters, so far. I don't think that changing Cobra Commander's mask is a big deal as long as it stays true to the character. Besides, Cobra Commander had a couple of different masks. Now, Destro is a character that I'm worried about. I've seen the character pics and I just hope that they don't keep him that way.

    Sep 13, 2008

    You would think they'd want to keep the mask as a subliminal hint at the KKK. Cobra's mask is dark blue, not white. Oh, and it has a big, red cobra on it. I think that would come off as more creepy than KKK. But this movie seems to be so far off track, that I think morbid curiosity will drive me to go see it. And I'm totally expecting it to suck.

    Sep 05, 2008

    WTF! KKK? Yes lets not look anything like what the original CC looked like. Lets just not give him a mask. THIS MOVIE BLOWS!

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