After watching yesterday's spotlighted video of "Rambo II: the Musical," I tried to think of who would star in such a film if it actually existed. Nobody in Hollywood quite has the physique of 1980s Sylvester Stallone anymore, and that's something the action star blames on one particular film that closed out the Reagan era: Tim Burton's Batman. Speaking to Hero Complex recently, he said as much about the 1989 blockbuster:

"It was that first Batman movie," he told the LA Times blog. "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."

Stallone went on to sarcastically say that he wished he'd thought of the velcro muscles idea so he wouldn't have had to work out the gym so much. What he doesn't make clear, though, or maybe understand is that it's not so much that audiences were clamoring for less muscular heroes like Michael Keaton and later Tobey Maguire so much as they switched preference to super powers and comic-influenced costumes from the guns and bare biceps thing that was so big in the '80s.

And that's not to say that one day we'll warm up again more to guys like Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, the latter whom we've noticed is getting back to being a badass after starring in a run of kids movies. There's good reason why people are so excited about Stallone's own The Expendables. And Taylor Lautner shows us that many young people are into the muscular look, so maybe the Twilight star will bring forth another wave of films reminiscent of the action flicks of 20 years ago.

Given that a reboot of the Conan movies, as well as a remake of Commando, require someone shaped more like Arnold Schwarzenegger than a scrawny actor bulked up through costuming, I don't think the velcro muscles will be the primary standard much longer. Just look at the new publicity image of Thor to see how real muscles and super powers are already coming together.