Why so serious, Rocky fans? While we're currently inundated with multiple versions of the Joker coming to the big screen courtesy of Warner Bros. and DC Comics, the latest version may come from an unlikely source: Creed II.Today, the boxing phenom Adonis Creed returns to the big screen to not only defend his title, but his legacy from Viktor Creed, the son of the man who killed his father. In the 30 years that have passed since Drago's last big-screen appearance, Ivan Drago has lost everything and now seeks to redeem himself in the eyes of his peers and his country through defeating the reigning heavyweight champion, Adonis Creed.Â But this isnâ€™t just a remake or a rehash of what we saw back in 1985â€™s Rocky IV; itâ€™s a bold new chapter in the Rockyverse and it drew inspiration from Christopher Nolanâ€™s The Dark Knight, according to director Steven Caple Jr.
So how do you pay homage to the past while making sure youâ€™re not just retreading familiar ground? I traveled to Philadelphia and sat down with the stars Michael B. Jordan, Dolph Lundgren, and Florian Munteanu and director Steven Caple Jr. to find out.
Additional reporting by Jesse B. Gill