G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) Poster


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"President" Zartan addresses one of his impostor Secret Service agents as "Zandar." In the 1980s and 1990s G.I. Joe comic books, toy lines and cartoons, Zandar was Zartan's brother who had similar disguise abilities.
This film was originally scheduled to be released on June 29, 2012. Paramount had begun a substantial ad campaign which began in February with an expensive ad during the Super Bowl. But in May 2012, Paramount announced they were delaying the film's release until March 29, 2013 in order to to add 3D effects. It was later revealed that the real reason for the delay was for reshoots including more scenes with Channing Tatum. Test audiences wanted more scenes between Tatum and Dwayne Johnson and Tatum suddenly became a box-office star with the successes of The Vow (2012) and 21 Jump Street (2012).
Only 5 members of the cast appeared in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009). They are Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Arnold Vosloo, Jonathan Pryce, and Channing Tatum.
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).
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 80 mph, and an amphibious version is in the works.
Roadblock was originally to appear in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009). Common turned down the role at that time.
The prison in former East Germany is called "Einsargen," an ungrammatical German expression meaning "to put someone into a coffin".
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.
Cobra Commander has a different helmet then 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).
The film was originally to be called "G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes".
The film is influenced by G.I. Joe: Renegades (2010), where Cobra turns the authorities against the Joes, making the Joes into hunted fugitives.
Dwayne Johnson ("The Rock") is the second WWE (formerly WWF) wrestler to appear as a Joe. The first was Robert Remus ("Sgt. Slaughter") in several GIJoe cartoon productions.
During the President's press conference, one of the news vans has the logo for Extensive Enterprises, the COBRA front company run by the Crimson Guard commanders Tomax and Xamot.
The Howe brothers (who play Cobra Troopers in the film) were the developers of the treaded "Ripper" vehicle that Roadblock uses near the end of the film.
The trademark battle cry "Yo Joe!", is not once used in this film.
General Joe Colton enters the code 1776 (year of American Independence) to open one of his numerous hidden weapons cabinets in his home.
As a wrestler, Dwayne Johnson ("The Rock") was known for the line "Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?" In this film, he plays Roadblock who in the original comics was a chef.


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.


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 Marvel comic "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #126" (July 1992).
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.

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