The official trailer for The Samaritan starring Sylvester Stallone has been revealed – and it looks like another surprisingly fun superhero offering from Amazon Studios.
Released Wednesday, July 27, the first teaser for the movie Prime Video asks a simple question: what if Rocky Balboa, aka the legendary boxer Stallone played for nearly 50 years, had superpowers?
Plot? You should be. The next superhero movie looks like Rocky, Logan, Unbreakable, and Superman blended into one potentially good movie. So Prime Video subscribers will want to add this film to their watchlist ahead of its August 26 release.
Check out the official Samaritan trailer below:
Based on the comic book series of the same name by Bragi F Schut, Marc Olivent and Renzo Podesta, Samaritan stars Stallone as Mr. Smith, an elderly, reclusive citizen of Granite City and neighbor to teenage Sam Cleary. (Euphoria and The Umbrella Academy’s Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton). One day, when Sam is attacked on his way home from school, Smith steps in to save the day and, to the surprise of Sam and his attackers, displays superhuman abilities.
Putting two and two together, Sam realizes his savior is none other than Samaritan, a superhero who would have perished in a titanic and fiery battle with his rival Nemesis 25 years earlier. Smith has kept a low profile ever since, and despite an increase in criminal activity in the three decades since he faked his own death, Smith refuses to embrace his superhero role again. So it’s up to Sam to bring Samaritan out of retirement and save a town on the brink of chaos.
Based on its trailer, Samaritan appears to be a far cry from other Prime Video superhero offerings. The Boys and Invincible, two of the best Prime Video shows, are jewels in Amazon’s streaming crown, despite having harsh R ratings.
By contrast, Samaritan seems to be toeing the line of a PG-13 movie (it’s a 12 rating in the UK), which would bring it in line with similarly rated superhero movies, including all movies Marvel to date and most Batman movies. Samaritan’s realistic, real-world aesthetic is sure to draw comparisons to other non-Marvel or DC films, such as Unbreakable and Chronicle, while its locations and settings have the look and feel of the budget at smaller scale than those seen in the early Rocky movies. Given its “reclusive superhero meets starry-eyed youth” storyline, Samaritan seems to be drawing inspiration from another 2017 superhero movie Logan, though he’s sure to sidestep the mature content featured in that film. X-Men.
Samaritan’s supporting cast includes Game of Thrones alumnus Pilou Asbaek, Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Martin Starr, In The Heights’ Dascha Polanco, and Riverdale’s Sophia Tatum. The screenplay for the film adaptation was written by Samaritan co-creator Schut, with Julius Avery (Overlord, Son of a Gun) directing. Stallone and Braden Aftergood (Nobody, Hell or High Water) are among the producers of Samaritan.
After being repeatedly delayed by the pandemic, Samaritan will launch on Prime Video worldwide on Friday, August 26.