Fans of the G.I. Joe comic can rejoice in the latest news to come from the set of G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently told MTV that in this film, "As we see it, he's a very twisted character."
Bonaventura explained "As the backstory evolves, you discover why his personality [is like that]," the producer continued "I thought what was great in The Dark Knight was that Heath kept telling you different stories [about his past] so you never knew what it was, and they were all spooky and crazy. [In our film] you get to see it, and you get to understand what's happened to this guy."
It was further revealed that while the film will draw more from the comics than the cartoon for inspiration, one aspect of Cobra Commander from the cartoon will carry over - his voice. It won't be a perfect match, but Bonaventura says that Gordon-Levitt does leave his own unique vocal impression for the character. "He has an interesting voice. He definitely has a take-off on that. I actually found the voice a little weak in the show...I'm sure I'll get killed for saying that. I don't know, it always seemed kind of silly. Hopefully we're going to be a little more menacing."
Finally, Bonaventura reveals that while the classic blue hooded mask may not appear, the Commander will wear a mask. "We'll see Cobra Commander in the Cobra mask [but] it will not be like the show. I found some of the [mask] aspects a little KKK for me," he said, "so we tried to steer away from that image. We thought that might be a little much."
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra is currently filming and is scheduled for an August 7, 2009 release. The film stars Ray Parks, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Said Taghmaoui, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Marlon Wayans, Channing Tatum, Dennis Quiad, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Arnold Vosloo, Karolina Isela Kurkov, Byung Hun Lee and Christopher Eccleston.