Now that people like Shia LaBeouf are headlining action movies, Sylvester Stallone feels nostalgic for the old days. He blames the death of the old-school action movie on Batman. Specifically, the Tim Burton version:
It was that first Batman movie. The action movies changed radically when it became possible to Velcro your muscles on. It was the beginning of a new era. The visual took over. The special effects became more important than the single person. That was the beginning of the end.... I wish I had thought of Velcro muscles myself. I didn't have to go to the gym for all those years, all the hours wedded to the iron game, as we call it.
Stallone, obviously, is hoping to bring back the old-school action movie, where real muscles are bigger than any special effect, with The Expendables. [Los Angeles Times]