I wanted to let you all know that Channing Tatum's new 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra' comic book "Duke" was released on March 11th, and above, you can see the two different covers for the prequel comic that is now available at a comic book store near you.
It's a first in of a series of back-stories and secret dossiers on the main characters from the film. Before Channing's character Conrad Hauser was code-named "Duke" and was brought into the G.I. Joes, he was leading a special ops team. Fans should read the new comic to join him as he fights his way in and out of a jungle in a mission that goes wrong in every way possible.
All of the covers for the four prequels and an official adaptation of the film have been revealed. Below, you can see Channing Tatum as Duke, Christopher Eccleston as Destro, Sienna Miller as Baroness, Ray Park's Snake Eyes, and the G.I. Joe Official Movie Adaptation.
You can CLICK HERE to order all four of the prequels through publisher IDW and CLICK HERE to buy the adaptation at Amazon.
In some resent interviews we get to learn a little more about the film from Chan's co-star, Sienna Miller, and director, Stephen Sommers.
MTV interviewed Sienna (aka Baroness), Chan's rival and love-interest in the film, and here's what she had to say about working with him on 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra':
We also learn from her interview that Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans are the Joes in the accelerator suits, defying the laws of nature, as they catapult over rockets and jump through a speeding bus in the action-packed trailer.
"He's great, he's fantastic, I can't think of anyone more perfect to play that part. He's a brilliant, brilliant actor and is physically big enough and strong enough. He's just the sweetest guy, just a Southern gent."
Based on an interview that director Stephen Sommers gave to GIJoeClub.com, we learn that the afore-mentioned accelerator suits were not very comfortable for the actors. So much so, we probably won't see too much more of them in the possible second and third installments of the film.
Here's what Stephen had to say when asked to describe some of the biggest challenges encountered during filming:
"We filmed in a lot of locations: the Arctic, Prague, the desert, Tokyo, Egypt, France and the bottom of the ocean. All of them were challenging. It would be rare to shoot anywhere that was not somewhat challenging. I think the most challenging to film in was Paris...The accelerator suits were very rough on the actors. They were not very mobile when worn. I think in any potential future films, you will see less of them."
'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra' will hit theaters on August 7, 2009 and fans can CLICK HERE to get a current list of international release dates for the film. The next comic book prequel ("Destro") will hit shelves some time in May.