NEW YORK, NY – Sylvester Stallone has some bent up anger towards one of the most popular super heroes!
Sylvester Stallone’s new movie, “The Expendables,” hits theaters August 13. The movie has more muscle and testosterone than a professional bodybuilding contest. It’s not by accident, as Stallone was trying – and succeeded – to capture the essence of ’80s action heroes. Stallone is not happy, however, with the direction action heroes have gone in today and he blames Batman for that.
“It was the first ‘Batman’ movie,” Stallone told the Los Angeles Times, in reference to the 1989 movie adaptation starring Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader. He went on to say, “The action movies changed radically when it became possible to Velcro your muscles on,” a clear dig at how the trim Keaton was encased in a sculpted Batsuit for the film. Stallone joked, “I wish I had thought of Velcro muscles myself … I didn’t have to go to the gym for all those years.”
The action heroes of the 1980s – Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, and the rest – were known for their rippling (real) muscles and adrenaline pumping action. That trend has changed as a new breed of ’90s star took over, leaner and seriously lacking in the macho department. Keanu Reeves and Tobey Maguire have become the new huge action stars.
Stallone also blamed director Tim Burton’s stylish take on the superhero story as it changed what audiences expected from an action movie: “It was the beginning of a new era. The visual took over. The special effects became more important that the single person. That was the beginning of the end.”
Whatever the case may be, Stallone is certainly doing his best to bring back the action hits of the ’80s. “The Expendables” is a true throwback, back to Stallone’s “Rambo” days. In the film, Stallone leads a team of mercenaries to overthrow a corrupt South American dictator. The film co-stars a who’s who of action – including Jason Statham, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren. There will be no Velcro muscles in this movie.