I saw this post while surfing the internet and I signed up just to respond to this.
Good deal. Stick around if you can!
Really? Name 'em.
Big Ben, Red Star, Big Bear, Mutt, Back Stop, Taurus.
Maybe that's not a ton. Thanks for calling me out! I feel honored.
This will work better: a group of specialists selected from the branches of the U.S. Military, working with counterpart agents from other governments, to combat an American-born terrorism group at home and abroad while also dealing with a government bureaucracy with shady motives and who try to cut off their funding. This is the premise of GI Joe as written by Larry Hama, a Japanese-American Vietnam War veteran, who wrote the Marvel comic book for 13 years and created all of the character profiles and names that were used for the toys and cartoons from the '80s on. This premise is extremely relevant today in any country and Larry Hama could hardly be described as a Xenophobe. The only agenda by the fans is to not have the original premise be watered down into something inferior for political correctness. If done right this movie can be both a global blockbuster and serve as an incredible commentary on current events.
I never called Hama a xenophobe (capitalizing it makes it look cooler though). What you're suggesting is pretty close to my second choice. I read the comics (and watched the show, and collected the figures) for nearly a decade, so I consider myself a fan. Maybe I should've worded my rant this way: sure I'd prefer that they keep it as close to the comics as possible, but if the changes really are as they've been noted, it could be worse. Much worse.