(*SPOILER ALERT*) G.I. Joe: Retaliation more or less begins with Channing Tatum‘s character getting killed, because people generally respond well to sequels that feature none of the original protagonists. And this was totally fine with people until they realized that Channing became one of the most bankable leading men in Hollywood. Whoops. In order to rectify this mistake, the movie is now being shelved for nine months so that they can correct this stunning lack of former-stripper abs. Via The A/V Club:
Therefore, the film has now reportedly been “reworked” to increase its overall quotient of Tatum—in particular, to go with its added dimensions, some additional depth to Tatum’s character’s relationship to Dwayne Johnson’s, which is the sort of thing that means the difference between a worthwhile G.I. Joe film and a hollow franchise sequel that treats its actors as living action figures to be posed holding various guns before being exploded, apparently. Now that last part may not even happen, as Deadline suggests a more ambiguous fate for Tatum’s character, one that could provide the amount of Channing Tatum necessary to ensure this and any future G.I. Joe film’s success. “But how will this affect the integrity of the sequel’s already-promised, heavily marketed storyline?” asked no one.
To be honest, I never really watched the first one, mostly because you lost me at the part where G.I. Joe is supposed to be that guy from Halo. Whatever his name is. Is the protagonist of Halo’s name Halo? It probably is. My point is, you can’t slap the name of something that already exists on a generic action movie and expect people to pay for it, Battleship.