In the entertainment industry, everyone dreams of becoming a hero. But hardly every memorable part in comics comes from DC, Marvel, or the independents, so Hollywood has a limited amount of time to use comic book characters to satisfy audiences. While Sylvester Stallone has played the lead in many action films throughout the course of his career, he has yet to appear in a major motion picture that uses costume-comic influences and puts him in the superhero outfit. Until this point in time. There’s a new movie coming out at the end of next year, including the actor. Samaritan has shown its first official video at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and it is now referred to as such. It is a really badass-looking firearm.
Even though I completely missed Samaritan when it was released, I have been on the lookout for further information on it. Stanley Kominski, a collector of rubbish and other odds and ends, is shown as a leprous salvage diver (aka junkyard scavenger) in the future; seen at the trailer’s opening, he acquires materials he finds interesting from the ruins of a crime-ridden, impoverished community. He’s well into his golden years. His clothes are worn out and full of holes. I see him as a combination of Bruce Willis’s character from Unbreakable (an ordinary guy with hidden powers) and Harrison Ford’s character from Blade Runner (a hardboiled cop), albeit that’s more the former.
The narrative was held back by Stanley’s lack of energy and general unwillingness to participate in anything until his retirement was rudely interrupted by his instinct to jump in when neighborhood thugs started beating Sam senseless. Although Sam’s grateful for being saved, Stanley’s identity as Samaritan is revealed, since Samaritan, a superhero who was previously believed to have perished 30 years before, is Stanley’s character in the book.
A comic book that has never been told before? This is something that everyone in the business can use. So, what about this Bragi F. Schut? Does anyone remember the name? No? Good! Then, get ready for this: one of the greatest horror writers in the game is going to re-invent the superhero genre and is doing so by telling a complete story, featuring all the villains, and culminating in the conclusion with a hero of uncertain moralities.
The Samaritan teaser shows Sly’s character at his crimefighting best, including his most iconic look, like the outfit he wore while saving people. It doesn’t seem like Stallone has lost a step despite his advanced age; the trailer’s action focuses on his current age and appearance as he still dispenses backhand slaps to the young ‘uns. When we witness John Wick‘s iconic brutality in Stallone’s actions, he uses his new character in the same manner, he was before. However, filmmaker Julius Avery (who previously directed the Nazi zombie thriller Overlord and the prison film Son of a Gun) does a great job making the violence seem almost elegant due to interesting camera technique.
Although this has been previously established, it is worth mentioning that Stallone has worked in the comic book industry before. James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad has hired him for King Shark’s voice work, and he is presently in post-production on many indie movies. In Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, he was the Ravager Stakar Ogord. And, obviously, he had the first opportunity to play Judge Dredd in the character’s long history. The Expendables, however, will not work as a film series unless he can direct the main cast well and bring each role to life as a human being; the one thing he missed with his most recent foray into this subject, in terms of performance if not sheer spectacle. It’s a nice thing to say. Samaritan, MGM/next UA’s big-budget movie, is set to hit theaters on August 26, 2022.