‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation': Cobra Commander Is A ‘Physical Adversary,’ Dwayne Johnson Says

If you prescribe to the philosophy that a hero is only as good as his villain, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” may have been causing you some concern. Sure, the ninja fight on the side of the vertical rock face looks great, but which of the film’s villains can realistically contend with the mass of muscle that is Dwayne Johnson’s Roadblock? Certainly, he won’t engage Zartan in fisticuffs while he looks like Jonathan Pryce.

But thankfully, Johnson took the time during Toy Fair to speak with MTV News and clear the air about who he’ll battle in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”

Johnson admitted that Roadblock will fight Firefly, a pairing that makes sense given the casting of Ray Stevenson, but the ultimate foe may come as a surprise. “There are a couple [physical adversaries]. There is Firefly, who’s played by Ray Stevenson. Of course, there’s Cobra,” Johnson said.

We knew from an interview with director Jon Chu and the trailer footage that the new version of Cobra Commander left most of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s portrayal behind, and Chu described Cobra Commander in “Retaliation” as “more badass than ever.” Adding the physical threat from the head of Cobra would definitely be a way to do that.

Johnson confirmed that there will be a physical tussle between his character and Cobra, giving Roadblock a more worthy opponent. “[Cobra Commander] is a physical adversary, as well as Firefly. That was one of the cool things about the script and about this character; it’s finding the right adversary and building to that,” Johnson said. “So we have Firefly and then ultimately Cobra.”

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