A Snake Eyes Movie Defeats the Point
Snake Eyes is my favorite G.I. Joe, which is not some shocking revelation. Isn’t Snake Eyes everybody’s favorite G.I. Joe? The point is, part of me is excited about this movie. While another part of me will rightfully point out that Snake Eyes was cool because he was this silent, faceless, mystery ninja! That was his whole deal, and he stood out in the crowded Joe field.
But for reasons known only to the franchise gods, we’re getting Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.
This teaser trailer looks coolish. Could be fun some fight scenes. Henry Golding is a cool guy. A couple other classic Joe characters will be appearing. And they’re following the tradition of mixing martial arts with hip hop. Good stuff.
But the sheer lunacy of this movie existing is really something to think about. The first two G.I. Joe movies didn’t exactly set the world on fire, and they had their own Snake Eyes. Is this movie a prequel to those movies? I don’t think so and I hope not. But then is this movie going to spark a whole new franchise of G.I. Joe films? Are we going to get “Origins” movies for Bazooka and Duke and Falcon and Tunnel Rat and Tollbooth and Chuckles and Lady Jaye? Honestly, I would be completely in favor of this, especially if Hollywood then teams them all up for an Avengers-style film.
Whatever the future brings, we are getting a movie about Snake Eyes’ no-longer-mysterious origin on July 23.