Earlier this month, Sony released Venom. Their big gamble in crafting their own comic book film separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to have paid off, with the film performing well at the box office despite mixed-to-negative reviews from critics. But beyond the lore of Spider-Man, Sony also has it sights on expanding their superhero movie slate with Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel.
Diesel, who will portray Ray Garrison aka Bloodshot sees the film as an essential element in bringing Sony to a leading position in the constantly-growing competition of superhero movies beyond Marvel and DC. When speaking to ComicBook.com, Diesel had this to say about the project:
“You’re watching something and you’re going…I guess I expected that we would finally get here in the superhero universe, but I can’t believe we’re here. Dave Wilson, who’s directing it. Guy Pearce, who’s in it is insane. We just have a great cast. Sony, you know that Sony is finally going to lead the charge in the superhero movies of the future because they’re incorporating a part of reality and incorporating issues that exist in society and embedding them into a quote-unquote superhero movie. It’s just awesome.”
Given that there are more and more superhero movies being released each year, more stories are taking the opportunity to incorporate issues that exist in society and put them on display. Recent films such as Wonder Woman and Black Panther have had a cultural impact on the genre and industry and of course, X-Men was always a property that functioned well as a social commentary. It’ll be interesting to see how themes can be incorporated to Bloodshot.
Are you excited to see how Vin Diesel brings Bloodshot to life? How do you think director David Wilson and screenwriters Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer will handle the story and character made famous by Valiant Comics? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news from Sony’s upcoming comic book films in development.
Ray Garrison aka Bloodshot, a deceased soldier resurrected by weapons contractor Rising Spirit Technologies through the use of nanotechnology. Suffering from total memory loss but imbued with an array of staggering new abilities, Ray struggles to reconnect with who he was while learning what sort of weapon he has become…aided by a team of fellow augmented combatants codenamed Chainsaw.
Directed by Dave Wilson from a script written by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer, Bloodshot stars Vin Diesel, Sam Heughan, Guy Pearce, Eiza González, and Toby Kebbell.
Bloodshot is scheduled to be released in theaters on February 21, 2020.