Who does Stallone blame for the death of action films? Superheroes

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Jul 4, 2015, 4:31 PM EDT

Even at 65, Sylvester Stallone is still out there fighting the action-movie fight for moviegoers everywhere, but he seems to be losing a little bit of his faith these days. Sure, he's got plenty of action on the way with The Expendables 2 and The Tomb both headed for theaters, but he sees a new threat rising that might kill the genre that made his name forever, and it's a threat clad in tights and a cape.

Stallone's been making action movies for three decades now, ever since his first outing as John Rambo in 1982's First Blood. He's part of a generation of action superstars that gave birth to a new kind of blockbuster, and he shares that holy brotherhood with the likes of Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But after 30 years of kicking ass, Stallone seems ready to concede that superpowers are cutting in on his turf.

"This genre unfortunately is becoming ... let's just say it's fading away," Sly said of action cinema. "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 baldness. Kind of like hands-on action."

That doesn't mean Stallone and his buddies are ready to stop making movies just yet, baldness or no baldness, but it does seem to be evidence that one of the biggest names in popcorn cinema sees the end on the horizon. Of course, there's always the novel idea of making the same kind of movies with younger stars, but will it ever really be the same?

And then of course there's the point that most superhero movies also count as action movies, even if they are an even more far-fetched version of what action cinema has to offer. Stallone's lived through superhero cinema thus far without throwing in the towel, but his comments do raise the question: Can superhero flicks ever completely overtake straight-up action flicks?

(Via Comic Book Movie)