If you were going to find a way to bring G.I. Joe back to the big screen, focusing on its most compelling character and bonafide fan favorite Snake Eyes is a smart way to do it. The two early attempts at bringing the once beloved property to theaters didn’t end with the best results. But they did have one thing going for them – the Snake Eyes character. In the new teaser for “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” Paramount is digging into the ninja commando’s ripe and complicated backstory. Even more intriguing is that Henry Golding will star as the titular character.
As a kid in the 1980’s I watched some of the G.I. Joe cartoons and at one point joined the toy craze. But my main connection was through the comic book series which was known for its gritty semi-realism and great storytelling (at least until they started going into space, teaming with Transformers, etc.). It’s hard to tell from the action-packed teaser which direction the filmmakers are going. But if handled right, “Snake Eyes” could be a really good action flick. And there are plenty of good characters in that universe the explore if they’re given the proper treatment.
“Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins opens in theaters July 23rd. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.