Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Cobra Commander Voice Is ‘Respectfully Inspired’ By The Cartoon

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt shared with MTV News that, while his take Cobra Commander in this summer’s “GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra” may not match the cartoon exactly, it was certainly influenced by it.

“I think that it’s respectfully inspired by the cartoon voice,” Gordon-Levitt explained during an interview promoting his soon-to-be-released Sundance hit “500 Days of Summer.” “But it’s just like how in ’[X-Men Origins:] Wolverine’ you don’t want to see Hugh Jackman dressed up in a yellow jumpsuit like the Wolverine in the comics.”

Incidentally, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is the first of the big summer blockbusters out of the gates, while “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” is set to hit at the tail end of the season on August 7th. We’ve seen official pictures of just about the entire cast, but Levitt’s Cobra Commander has so far only appeared on a leaked action figure cardback.

This matches Levitt’s older claims, that his costume is intensely heavy on prosthetics and that he’ll be wearing a mask for much of the film. We may have to wait a little bit longer to hear the voice itself.

Children of the 80’s will remember Cobra Commander’s distinctive screech, as voiced by the late Chris Latta. Gordon-Levitt, who grew up with both the cartoon and the action figures, has been very up front in the past about his enthusiasm for Latta’s work. Even if the live action film doesn’t head in the cartoon’s direction exactly, fans can take comfort in the fact that the late voice actor’s delivery was very much on Gordon-Levitt’s mind throughout the production.

Do you want Cobra Commander’s traditional raspy hiss or would you prefer something more down to Earth? What lines are you looking forward to hearing Cobra Commander shout? Give us your thoughts below!