We had: Two miniseries ran in 1983 and '84, but after that the real action began. In 1985 a main series began, but was canceled in '86 after 95 episodes. Watching Joe as a real American military hero was just like saluting the flag. We got: New recruits Channing Tatum (Duke), Marlon Wayans (Ripcord) and crew tackled Cobra. The team was an international mix of heroes, so not as gung-ho (so to speak) "real American hero" as the cartoon. The second film, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," centered on Dwayne Johnson and crew fighting the odds. The Rock is the people's champ, but we need more. We want: More individualism, a tad less militaristic monotone. That's what made the series fun and popular. Recent superhero movies like "X-Men" proved you probably can't be as flashy as comic book/cartoon characters in live-action, but give us something to differentiate.
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