Vin Diesel looks like the type of person who could randomly decide tomorrow, “You know what? I’m a superhero now,” and actually pull it off. He wouldn’t even need a costume; he already has a distinct look. And there aren’t too many criminals who would want to meet him in alone in a dark alley. His intimidating presence and imposing physical stature is exactly what makes him such a popular action star. Soon we’ll get to see what he might have looked like if he had chosen to pursue that superhero life in Bloodshot, the first big screen adaptation of the comic series. And as the movie’s international trailer promises, an indestructible Vin Diesel is not something anyone can control.
“Based on the bestselling comic book, Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the RST corporation. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he’s an unstoppable force—stronger than ever and able to heal instantly. But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too. Now, Ray doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not—but he’s on a mission to find out.”
Bloodshot is the long-awaited adaptation of the Valiant comic book series. The character, created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton, originally appeared in a cameo in Eternal Warrior #4 in November 1992. He made his first full appearance in Rai #0 that same month.
If you are new to the character this trailer gives a pretty accurate idea of just how powerful he really is. His blood has been injected with nanites, which gives him unimaginable abilities. He has super strength and stamina. He can run at superhuman speeds. And he has advanced agility, reflexes, and endurance. Most importantly, though, are how the billion nanites running through his blood make him virtually indestructible. He can instantly heal from injuries and shape-shift his body. That amazing skill is on full display in this trailer. Half his face gets blown off, but he is able to immediately reassemble himself. It’s like if Wolverine was crossed with an advanced Terminator.
The one thing he can’t do though is figure out who he really is and what is actually real. Bloodshot was created to be the ultimate weapon. Guy Pearce’s Dr. Emil Harting created Bloodshot to do his killing for him, and he’s the one who has been erasing Bloodshot’s memory and uploading new ones into his brain. It’s how he controls his super soldier and makes him carry out his tasks.
This movie feels like it could be a throwback to the kinds of superhero action films that were popular in the early 2000s. Fans of the comics are ready to go back to the early ’90s, as it appears the movie will recreate Bloodshot’s origin scene.
Bloodshot is directed by David S. F. Wilson, making his feature directorial debut. The film was written by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer (Bird box, Arrival). It also stars Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, and Toby Kebbell. The film comes to theaters on March 13.
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