If you’re like me, you remember 2010 as a year of unheralded promise. That was the year that The Greatest Action Stars on Earth (Lundgren! Stallone! Rourke! Statham! Even their names sound like punching) promised us the most steroid-driven movie ever. The Expendables! Boom! Killing! However, instead of wall-to-wall, brightly lit explosions and snappy one-liners (like “Stick around”), we got a dull, turgid, impenetrable affair.
Inevitably, the movie made its money back, and then some, so the Hollywood Machine has decided (sigh) to crank out a sequel. Why not? Industry bloat and guaranteed rates of return. Well, it turns out that, in addition to lowering my expectations to Judge Dredd levels, Expendables 2 (Van Damme! Norris!),
currently in production, is also coming under environmental criticism. Part of the shooting schedule takes place near the Devetashka Cave in Bulgaria, which happens to be habitat to 40 endangered bat species, and one of the top 3 bat colonies in Europe.
As of right now, the producers have already paid fines for cutting shrubbery near the cave, and have promised to “…refrain from explosions, car chases and fires near the cave.” Fair enough. Hopefully they can also refrain from making a terrible movie.