View Full Version : Sylvester Stallone Says Superhero Movies Are Making The Action Genre Fade Away

Big Smokes
05-30-2012, 08:29 AM
Speaking to ET about The Tomb (2013) alongside Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone pseudo-lamented the fact that the action movie genre is seemingly being replaced by superheroes. Have the likes of John McClane, Rocky Balboa and The Terminator indeed been replaced by Batman, Captain America and The Hulk? Said Stallone on the prospect---

"This genre unfortunately is becomingÖ let's just say it's fading away. "You have the superheroes today which are possessed with all extraordinary powers; they can blink and a fireball comes out of there. It's great. And then you have a bunch of us which is just your basic male-pattern badness. Ö Kind of like hands-on action."

While Stallone, Willis and Arnold are still making movies today, they aren't making them the same way they did once upon a time. Even when they're continuations of the same film series, it's obvious that Live Free or Die Hard (2007) is not the same type of movie as the original Die Hard (1988. Even Rocky Balboa (2006) tried and failed to capture the same aesthetics and tone of Rocky (1976) and I'm sure the same will probably occur with Total Recall (2012). By no means am I saying this shift is evil but the action films of the past had a certain ability to get the testosterone flowing that just isn't matched today. It's part of an industry-wide trend that I feel was summed up quite succinctly by Meryl Streep recently --- [Source: CBS viaFilmDrunk]

Oh I donít see those (comic book movies). Thatís called the narrowing of the audience. The movie business has worked assiduously to discourage intelligent, discerning people, FROM the theater. They have worked hard to get rid of you, because you donít go and then buy toys and games.


Frank Sobotka
05-30-2012, 11:25 AM
Even when the comic book character is a great basis for an action flick they ruin it by making it too much of a superhero flick.

Sky Blue Bally Kid
05-31-2012, 04:40 PM
Wack action films are making the action genre fade away...

05-31-2012, 05:19 PM
sounds like someones turning old & bitter.............


Shadow Demon
05-31-2012, 06:59 PM
Most superhero films are mediocre. I cant even be arsed to check for Marvel films anymore. Same goes for works like Transformers.

Then again why would you innovate when people will see your film anyway.

Tbh i didnt even check for avatar. I like cgi but i prefer a real story. It was as someone pointed out a less convicing Dances With Wolves. + it didnt have kevin costner.

Fatal Guillotine
06-01-2012, 08:37 AM
sounds like someones turning old & bitter.............


lol doesnt he have his own filming company?
i mean at his age he should if he doesnt

06-23-2012, 02:12 PM
Sylvester Stallone should have his own production company so he can still make action movies instead of having to go to a movie company and ask them to spend money. I think Sylvester is right that action movies are fading away because now these comic book movies are taking over. Plus action movies are fading because there aren't any actors doing action movies. Where's the new action stars? There hardly aren't any besides Jason Statham.

06-24-2012, 08:47 AM
No, the direct to dvd films are killing the action genre. They need to stop flooding the market with that low budget bullshit and focus on putting more action heroes on the big screen.

06-24-2012, 08:19 PM
Wack action films are making the action genre fade away...

yup, and Hollywood trying to make the next generation of action stars too.....

Jason Statham is like the "new" Bruce Willis, all of his American made movies suck ass....Crank, the Transporter, etc....ALL crap....now SNATCH & Lock Stcok and 2 Smoking Barrels? those were awesome.......he should stick with Guy Ritchie, even his new flick where he's trying to save that little asian girl looks awful.

The Channing Tatum's, the Taylor Lautners, fuck them.......but Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is okay I guess, not a fan of Vin Diesel either even though he's been kinda M.I.A aside from the Fast & Furious series.

We need a legitimate d00d to fill the void of the Arnolds, the Bruce Willises, The Sly Stallones, and to a lesser extent, the Chuck Norris's, The Segals, and the Van Dammes......

Jet Li was doing okay for a bit, but I guess people consider him old news, what with flops like "Cradle 2 the Grave" and "War"

My opinion? Give better opportunities to Ray Stevenson, Terry Crews, and Cristian Bale........I thought Bale and that other d00d from Terminator Salvation were good 2gether.

Shit even Danny Trejo, he's bad ass.....machete was awesome >:D

06-24-2012, 08:54 PM
I think the Hemsworth brothers Liam and Chris (Thor) could be the next action stars to look out for.

netscape check two
06-24-2012, 09:10 PM
Sly is one of the worst actors in a while. He should be content that he gets paid to be in any movies.

06-24-2012, 11:06 PM
I think the Hemsworth brothers Liam and Chris (Thor) could be the next action stars to look out for.

yea for sure, and Tom Hardy too......that guy is bad ass in "The Warrior" and "Bronson" and am looking forward to him being "Bane" in D.K.R

06-25-2012, 08:57 PM
It's funny you should mention Tom Hardy and Warrior since I just watched that movie for the first time last night. Sick movie and you're right, Hardy was a beast in that flick.

06-25-2012, 10:13 PM
^ Yea d00d,

It puts other gay wannabe MMA flicks to shame. Never Back Down, Fighting (with Channing Tatum), and Redbelt (wasn't too bad, but compared to Warrior it wasn't even comparable), and the Undisputed sequels, etc

Warrior had sick choreography, and I liked how Kurt Angle was a Fedor-like character doing that bad-ass slam.

good flick for sure, and Nick Nolte did a good job.

06-27-2012, 11:39 AM
i will go see sylvester stallone every time he drops a film, i honestly though his career was over, luckily rocky balboa rekindled his success, i have seen every movie he has dropped since and i will go watch

expendables 2
bullet to the head
and the tomb

the best is yet to come

07-07-2012, 01:58 PM
I disagree that straight to video action movies are the reason why action movies aren't being made anymore that come to theatres. I've seen a lot of good straight to video action movies. Sylvester should have his own movie company so he won't have to go to movie companies to ask them to spend money on action movies. Actors need to learn that they need to learn about the movie business so when they get old, they won't have to go to movie companies to get them to spend money on movies they wanna do. Actors need to also learn to direct because directing gives them power to do movies they wanna do. Sylvester has directed a few movies like Staying Alive with John Travolta, Rocky 4, i think he did Rocky 5 and i know he did Rocky 6. He also directed Rambo 4 and The Expendables. Clint Eastwood has directed a lot of movies and Denzel Washington directed Antwone Fisher. Ice Cube directed The Players Club. I'm surprised Ice Cube hasn't directed some more movies because The Players Club is very funny.