Sylvester Stallone is a disillusioned grizzly superhero in a Samaritan trailer

Sylvester Stallone plays a superhero long believed to be dead, in Samaritan.

Action legend Sylvester Stallone has been involved in the superhero genre before, most notably as Judge Dredd (1995), the Ravager Stakar Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. (2017), The King’s Voice participated in suicide squad (2021). (He’s reprising his role in Ravager Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.) with his new movie Samaritan, Stallone gets the role of an elderly superhero who lives anonymously as a garbage man, tormented by his past. Judging by the official trailer, it’s the perfect role for the 73-year-old action star, combining the best elements of his long, illustrious career.

Samaritan She is the brainchild of screenwriter Braggi Schott, known for escape room (2019) and 2011 witch season. He first penned a specific script for the movie about 10 years ago. But specific scripts can meander through the Hollywood studio ecosystem for years before they are even selected, let alone go into development. So in the meantime, Schott has turned a screenplay script into a series of graphic novels for Mythos Comics – as opposed to the usual process these days, with studios vying for a known IP to adapt to blockbuster films.

First published in 2014, the comic book version flips the typical situation of the kind of superhero who reaches a crime-ridden sewer in the city to confront the bad guys and clean things up. This version depicts the gradual decline of the fictional Acropolis after its superhero, the Samaritan, is killed in battle against the aptly named super-enemy inside a burning warehouse. (Enemies also killed).

The story is told from the point of view of a young boy named Sam, a child who loves to paint and daydreams as his single mother works to make enough money for them to move to a less dangerous place. Sam is the type who gets bullied a lot. He’s also curious and soon begins to suspect that the old trash man who lives across the street might be more than he looks – that is, he might be a Samaritan, alive and living a life of unknown retirement.

MGM finally acquired Schut’s spec script in 2019 and hired Julius Avery to direct it. Filming was halted due to the pandemic, which also delayed the film’s release date several times. When Amazon Studios acquired MGM earlier this year, it decided to release the film on its Prime Video streaming platform.

on condition Samaritan Started as a script and adapted into a graphic novel, many elements of the latter’s story have been preserved for the film. According to the official introduction:

Thirteen-year-old Sam Cleary (Javon “Wanna” Walton) suspects that his mysterious and reclusive neighbor Mr. Smith (Stalone) is actually a legend hiding in plain sight. Twenty-five years ago, it was reported that Samaritan, an experienced ranger in Granite City, had died after a fiery warehouse battle with his rival Nemesis. Most believe the Samaritan died in the fire, but some in the city, like Sam, hope he is still alive. With crime escalating and the city on the brink of chaos, Sam makes it his mission to convince his neighbor to come out of hiding to save the city from ruin.

In addition to Stallone and Walton, the cast includes Pilou Asbaek (better known as Euron Greyjoy from Game of thrones) as Cyrus; Dasha Polanco as Isabel; Martin Starr as Arthur; Moises Arias as Reza Smith; and Deacon Randall as the firefighter.

The trailer begins with Garbageman Joe Smith collecting bits of trash on his rides – just something to keep him occupied. We see him watching the evening news (with a chain of crime and violence) while eating a bowl of cereal, as the announcer predicts that the city will soon collapse. But then Joe sees Sam being chased down an alley by bullies and comes to his rescue, revealing his superhuman strength in the process. Sam realizes that he has found Samaritan, who is still alive 25 years after he was presumed dead.

Nobody believes Sam, of course, and even Joe denies him at first. But in the end, the two became an unlikely pair. Joe admits he’s never been as strong as he used to be: “Things start to fall apart when you stop caring. I stopped caring a long time ago.” Joe conflicts with Cyrus, who makes it clear to his followers that he wants Joe dead. Joe makes quick work of would-be killers. There’s a lot of action, but the trailer also raises the mystery of why Samaritan decided to disappear all those years ago in the first place. As someone puts it in an audio commentary, “The things you bury tend to follow you.”

Samaritan It premieres on August 26, 2022, on Prime Video.

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