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G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) Poster

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The Project Zeus orbital weapon depicted in the movie is based on a real concept and it is theoretically possible. United States Air Forces's Project Thor, nicknamed Rods from God, it is based on the principle of Kinetic Bombardment: tungsten rods are dropped from a satellite in orbit and, depending on its size, could destroy from deep bunkers to whole cities.
In the G.I. Joe saga, Zandar was Zartan's brother. Here, he is a Secret Service Agent of Zartan/President. He is listed in the credits as Havoc (which is the name of Cross Country's vehicle.)
To prepare for his role as Firefly, Ray Stevenson read the G.I. Joe comics. He became a fan of his character, even putting in his own money so that the costume designers would make a mask to go with the costume.
Only five members of the cast return from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009): Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Arnold Vosloo, Jonathan Pryce, and Channing Tatum.
The vehicle driven by Roadblock in the final action sequence is a relatively new U.S. Military vehicle called the Ripsaw. As of 2013, it is deployed in a display capacity for the U.S. Army. It can reach top speeds of above eighty miles per hour, and an amphibious version is in the works.
The prison in former East Germany is called "Einsargen," an ungrammatical German expression meaning "to put someone into a coffin".
The cliff battle scene took two months to film.
Jinx is seen training with Snake-Eyes dressed in a red outfit, as in her original appearance in G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987). Later on the mountain she is seen in her black and yellow ninja suit from G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 (2005).
Cobra Commander has a different helmet than he had in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009): a black one bearing a snake design. He now looks more like Cobra Commander from the original G.I. Joe (1985).
Dwayne Johnson ("The Rock") is the second WWE (formerly WWF) wrestler to appear as a Joe. The first was Robert Remus, who played Sergeant Slaughter in several G.I. Joe cartoons.
In the G.I. Joe (1985) cartoon, Flint and Lady Jaye had a bit of a romantic relationship with each other. In the comic book series, they are an actual couple. This relationship is foreshadowed following Lady Jaye's visit to the Presidential party.
As a child, Adrianne Palicki (Lady Jaye) was a fan of G.I. Joe and wanted to be Jinx.
Roadblock was originally to appear in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009). Common turned down the role at that time.
The film is influenced by G.I. Joe: Renegades (2010), where Cobra turns the authorities against the Joes, making the Joes into hunted fugitives.
The film was originally to be called "G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes".
During the President's press conference, one of the news vans has the logo for Extensive Enterprises, a COBRA-owned company.
According to Robert Remus (Sergeant Slaughter), he was originally supposed to appear in this film, but he was unable to do so because of right's issues with Hasbro and Mattel. Joe Colton was brought into the script to replace him.
Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Christopher Eccleston declined to reprise their roles from the first film.
The Howe brothers, Michael Howe and Geoffrey Howe were the developers of the treaded "Ripper" vehicle that Roadblock uses near the end of the film. They get appearances as Cobra soldiers in the film.
To prepare for her role as Jinx, Elodie Yung spent a month focusing on her cardiovascular exercises ("because of how demanding it all was") and training in wushu for dual sword fighting.
This is the second movie where Arnold Vosloo and Dwayne Johnson have both appeared, the first being The Mummy Returns (2001).
Joe Colton is played by Bruce Willis. In the crossover comic "G.I. Joe Vs. The Transformers", he has the appearance of Chuck Norris.
This is Bruce Willis and Byung-hun Lee's first movie together, the second being RED 2 (2013).
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The trademark battle cry "Yo Joe!", is not once used in this film.
The battle on the Himalayas was shot in a New Orleans warehouse previously used to build NASA rockets, that had been fitted with a green screen wall at a very steep angle with a lot of rigging above to swing the stunt people through.
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General Joe Colton enters the code 1776 (year of American Independence) to open one of his numerous hidden weapons cabinets in his house.
The film was banned in Pakistan due to its negative portrayal of that country.
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This is the third time that Brendan Fraser was in the first movie and Dwayne Johnson appears in the sequel. The first time is in The Mummy (1999) and The Scorpion King (2002). Brendan appeared in both as Rick O'Connell. The second is Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012). But, this is the first time that Brendan doesn't play a lead role in the first movie.
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Jon M. Chu beat out F. Gary Gray and Jaume Collet-Serra to direct this film.
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The film takes place in 2024.
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As a wrestler, Dwayne Johnson ("The Rock") was known for the line "Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?" In this film, he plays Roadblock who in the original comics was a chef.
The action figures released prior to the film include Storm Shadow, even though he was supposedly killed in his battle with Snake-Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009).
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Stephen Sommers was originally going to return as the director.
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Henry Jackman replaces Alan Silvestri as the music composer for the film. Jackman would later replaced Silvestri in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
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During the President's press conference, one of the news vans has the logo for Extensive Enterprises, the Cobra-owned company run by Cobra lieutenants/lawyers Tomax and Xamot.
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A crew member died in an accident at a New Orleans warehouse that was serving as a soundstage for the production. The incident happened while crew members were changing out a set.
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The film had 700 visual effects shots, which were mostly handled by three effects companies.
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In the dogfight scene, the pilots are using a Saitek X52 / Pro gamers' joystick.
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Apparently this is the final film that Channing Tatum and his stunt double Mark Foran worked together. The two remain friends but Foran is pursuing an acting career of his own. He appears in Angelina Jolie's new movie Unbroken (2014).
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Cameo 

Arnold Vosloo: His face is only seen for roughly three seconds (not counting the few times you see his photo on a computer). The rest of the time his character is played by Jonathan Pryce as Vosloo's Zartan is impersonating The President via the nanotechnological disguise.

Director Trademark 

Jon M. Chu: [Hip-Hop Music] Roadblock recites lyrics from "Don't Let Me Die" by Jay Z while briefing with the remaining Joes.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the final fight between Zartan/President and Storm Shadow, a metal case in the background bears the logo of the Umbrella Corporation, the villainous organization from the Resident Evil series of video games/cartoons/movies.
The revelation that Zartan is the true killer of the Hard Master comes from the G.I. Joe Marvel comics.
Duke is killed while trying to save Flint, a fellow Joe soldier. This a homage to G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987), where Duke was cut down trying to save a fellow Joe (in this case his brother Falcon, and he survived).
The world's eight nuclear nations meet at a summit held at Fort Sumter. The events of the summit vaguely mirror the famous American Civil War battle at Fort Sumter, in which nobody from either side of the conflict suffered any losses (save for one malfunctioning weapon that resulted in the death of a Union soldier) in that even though all eight nations launch their nuclear arsenal, nobody is killed by nuclear weapons in the end.
When Roadblock, Flint, and Lady Jaye first enter the recreation center where they hide out, "Abernathy's Gym" is visibly painted on the wall. The full name of General Hawk, commander of the G.I. Joe team (who is played by Dennis Quaid in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), but does not appear in this film), is Clayton M. Abernathy.
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When Zartan dies and the nanomites stop working, his face reveals that his eyes are sunken, just as in his traditional G.I. Joe cartoon/comic appearances.
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Lady Jaye masquerades as a news reporter. Jonathan Pryce, who plays the President, had starred as a news mogul and the main antagonist in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
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The movie's intended release of June 2012 was changed to March 2013, which led to widespread speculation that the studio had ordered re-shoots. As Channing Tatum had become an A-list star following the success of 21 Jump Street (2012) and Magic Mike (2012), it was believed that the studio wanted to take advantage of his popularity by re-shooting his character's death scene in the first act, and giving him a more prominent role in the rest of the film. This rumor turned out to be false (the delay was already announced before 'Magic Mike' was even released); the postponement of the movie was simply to avoid releasing it in the same month as 'Mike', and to convert the movie to 3D in post-production.
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