Larry Hama Reveals The Real Reason He Wrote The G.I. Joe Comics

“Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” is a departure from the comic book series in that the back story of Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) and his blood brother-turned-nemesis Storm Shadow (Andrew Koji) was switched from the Vietnam War to modern times. Also, Snake Eyes doesn’t appear as the silent, masked character in the comics whose face was disfigured and who lost his ability to speak when his vocal cords were damaged in a helicopter explosion.

Addressing any fans’ resistance to such big changes, Hama — who gave his blessing to the production to take creative license with the character — said he supported the changes made to Snake Eyes. Effectively, he said the storylines in comic books and movies “can co-exist, but they’re two different mediums.”

“There are things that work in comics that just don’t work on screen, because comics are … It’s a medium where you learn everything by increments,” Hama observed. “You read Batman for 20 years, you know an awful lot about Batman, but you’ve learned it in little bits and pieces every month. In a movie, you’ve got 90 minutes to two hours, to get it all up there.” As such, “the methodology of getting the information across is very different,” he added.

“In comics, you have to show it visually and make it work as a flow of pictures. In movies, you’ve got sound effects, you’ve got the ability to do all this stuff. And a lot of comic book tricks and storytelling methods were copied from movies,” Hama said. “And so, it’s this weird back-and-forth. Both mediums feed on each other.”

“Snake Eyes” is available on digital HD and premium video on demand, and debuts on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on October 19.


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