The city of Philadelphia is featured prominently in the trailer for the new "Rocky" spinoff centered around the son of Balboa's former friendly foe -- the Master of Disaster, the King of Sting -- Apollo Creed.
From "EAGLES" graffiti to the skyline shots featuring William Penn atop City Hall, Philly is clearly one of the center points of the trailer to the new movie "Creed," in which "Fruitvale Station" and "The Wire" star Michael B. Jordan plays the title character of the late Apollo Creed's son Adonis. Rocky makes an appearance as a mentor of sorts. Hopefully Sly Stallone can be just as mean and nasty as good old Mickey.
You'll notice "Mighty Mick's Boxing" is on the door of one of the gyms. They even incorporate a number of dirt bike scenes which anyone who knows anything about Philly rapper Meek Mill understands is a part of Philly culture today.
No Rocky spinoff would be complete without a run down the Italian Market in South Philadelphia. Notice the updated sweatsuits Adonis is wearing. It's certainly not sponsored by a meat-packing business like Rocky famously agreed to placate Paulie in the original classic. No, Michael B. Jordan is sporting either the Nike logo or the fitting M.J. Jumpman logo on his grey sweats. This is 2015 after all.
Jordan was seen all around town during the filming. " I personally saw him dining at Honey's on South Street for a late lunch one day. They also closed down the bar/club Johnny Brenda's in Fishtown for a few days to film some of the music scenes.
And you may recognize Rocky's restaurant from previous films. "Adrian's" makes another appearance. It's actually Victor Cafe. You can see a brief interaction between Adonis and Rocky at the restaurant in the trailer below.
It looks like they got serious with many of the details as well. If you look closely at some of the fight posters on the wall, they are legit old-school Philly fighters. Fun random fact about one of the names on a poster in the trailer: Anthony Boyle was a local fighter who my dad took me to see at the Philly Convention Center when I was a little kid. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier were special guests of honor at that fight and got in the ring and did a little shadow boxing. I managed to score both of their autographs on a fight night poster from that evening. It's still hanging in my parents' basement.
Anyway, tell me this movie doesn't look totally awesome? I bet you never thought you'd say that after making so many Rocky [insert number] jokes. Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until the fall to see it.
Glad they got the Comcast Tower in there.