For much of the ’80s, Sylvester Stallone was the closest you’d get to a cinematic superhero. The actor became known for his muscled action icons Rocky Balboa and John Rambo, though he never went so far as to put on spandex and play a proper superhero. But in the upcoming thriller Samaritan, Stallone gets pretty close. Stallone stars in the film by Overlord director Julius Aver, as a long-absent superhero who gets discovered by his next-door-neighbor. See the Samaritan first look below.
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After his Oscar-nominated turn as a down-and-out boxer in the original Rocky, Sylvester Stallone largely spent the next decade cultivating a muscled-up action hero image, competing with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the box office, and generally turning grounded characters like Rocky Balboa and John Rambo into practically unbeatable tough guys on the big screen. In the era before actual superhero movies took hold, Stallone was as close to a cinematic superhero as you could get.
Now, decades later, audiences are getting a full-fledged Sylvester Stallone superhero movie called Samaritan, which is currently being developed at MGM.
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