Samaritan image reveals first look at Sylvester Stallone’s superhero movie
Sylvester Stallone is a long-awaited superhero in a new first-look image from Samaritan. Long before comic book adaptations dominated Hollywood, action vehicles starring Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were at the forefront of blockbusters.
Stallone began, of course, in Rocky, a low-budget film, but soon took off as an action hero in increasingly absurd films like the Rambo series, Cobra and Demolition Man. It wasn’t until his appearance in Judge Dredd (1995) that Stallone entered the realm of comic book adaptations, but obviously this film was a major disappointment. The star avoided diving into the comic book morass that came with the advent of the MCU, preferring to focus on more nostalgic action vehicles like The Expendables, until he finally relented and had a small role in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The only image shows Stallone in the role of Samaritan doing superhero stuff in a tunnel where something incredibly dangerous seems to be going on. Very little is known about the film, but director Julius Avery promises that Stallone will be in the middle of a lot of action. “We’re going to see Sly do things he hasn’t done in a long time, and in a really inventive way,” Avery told Total Film. An obvious Stallone fan, Avery said actors like Sly were the superheroes of the ’80s and says putting him in a real superhero movie is something that “feels fresh and cool and something people will enjoy.”
Indeed, Stallone still has plenty of fans in 2021, as evidenced by the continued popularity of his Rocky character, who has taken on a supporting role in the ongoing Creed series. However, there are signs that the old-school Stallone is no longer resonating with mainstream audiences after Rambo: Last Blood disappointed a bit at the box office. Perhaps the sluggish performance of Last Blood is one reason Stallone decided to jump on the superhero bandwagon in his own way for Samaritan. The film definitely sounds like a fitting vehicle for Stallone at this point in his career, with its obvious echoes of Logan. And of course, following Samaritan, Stallone will star in another comic book adaptation, James Gunn’s Suicide Squad. Whether Stallone’s embrace of the new, comic-dominated reality leads to a final memorable chapter for his storied career, or ends up as a mere footnote, remains to be seen.