New ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Trailer Is Willing to Admit That Channing Tatum Exists

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

When the first trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation hit about a year ago, expectations for the sequel were pretty low. That was due to the first film, G.I. Joe: The Rise of  COBRA, pretty much sucking. But a funny thing happened after everyone saw that trailer for Retaliation : suddenly people were talking about G.I. Joe again. This one didn’t look like a random, terrible action movie that just happened to be called G.I. Joe, it actually looked like an adaptation of the beloved property. That’s a real Cobra Commander mask! And the whole thing looked pretty epic and exciting, too. Mountain-climbing ninja action!

There are conflicting reports as to why exactly the film’s release date was pushed back from last summer to this upcoming March 29, 2013. Some say they wanted to add a 3D element to the film, some say that they wanted to add more scenes featuring Channing Tatum – seeing as he became a bigger star almost immediately after this movie stopped filming. Whatever the case may be, Retaliation got pushed back, it is now going to be released as a 3D movie, and this new trailer certainly features more Channing Tatum than the first one (which seemed to be trying to wash him right out of the franchise). Check it out after the break!

While more Tatum is possibly a good thing, there are a couple negatives that come with this new advertising blitz. The salesmanship and epic scope of that first round of trailers seems to have been abandoned in favor of a bunch of scenes of destruction quickly edited together under a loud rap song. That doesn’t exactly quell any fears that this is going to be less generic than the first film. And that doomsday weapon subplot is starting to look awful tired, considering it’s been used by every tentpole action movie that’s come out over the past couple years.

But give the trailer a watch and then let us know, are you still excited to take in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, or has its time in the sun already passed? [Yahoo! Movies]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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