The man, the myth, the legend Sylvester Stallone has just finished principal photography on his latest picture, Samaritan (2021) – an Action/Fantasy about a young boy (Javon Walton) who discovers that a superhero named Stanley Kominski (Sylvester Stallone) was mistakenly believed to have gone astray after a Herculean war 20 years prior, and living incognito in Atlanta, Georgia. Distributed by United Artists and produced by Balboa Productions, Samaritan is directed by Julius Avery (Overlord) and written by Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room).
The screenplay for Escape Room (2019) – about a group of strangers who find themselves trapped in a gruesome labyrinth – was inordinately vetted and elaborately drawn out with abstract situations to the point of mind-boggling degrees. Judging by the fact that Samaritan is penned by the same writer, it would behoove one to conclude that audiences will be in intellectual hands come June 4, 2021, when Sly Stallone’s latest project is slated to be released to the masses.
It’s an amazing feat, nevertheless, that Samaritan managed to finish production after being halted by the pandemic earlier this year. “I’m so proud of you, for getting through this impossible period.” Sly Stallone said to his cast and crew. “Entire crew was tested down to the last person every day for Covid.” Stallone the artist went on to say that Samaritan has a lot of heart and that it’s the greatest picture he’s done in years. Moreover, director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) recently declared that Sly Stallone is attached to star in the latest installment of The Suicide Squad (2021) – another comic book movie.
Taking into consideration Stallone’s first foray into the superhero realm with Judge Dredd (1995), and later with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), The Suicide Squad will set a record for his involvement with the three major comic book companies: Marvel, DC and 2000 AD. Being that his latest addition, Samaritan, is an original screenplay, the John Rambo/Rocky Balboa/Marion Cobretti/Barney Ross thespian is setting a trend and making his mark in the multiverse of comic books and superheroes. Let’s not inadvertently neglect to mention his involvement with Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), where Sly Stallone played the supervillain, Toymaker. It’s amazing to see that Stallone is creating a track record of superhero films; if he keeps this up, he’ll become a comic book movie staple for the ages.