Vin Diesel, who is set to play the title character in Sony's adaptation of the Valiant comic Bloodshot, had words of praise for the studio in regards to this endeavor.
Sitting down with Comicbook.com, Diesel, excited to be part of Valiant's first feature film, claimed Sony is putting its best into the project and will even "lead the charge in the superhero movies of the future."
Diesel clearly has high hopes for what the studio is trying to accomplish with Bloodshot. What drew him to the character and the film, he says, was the script and how Bloodshot deals with real issues and doesn't surrender his humanity. The star points to how Sony is "incorporating a part of reality and incorporating issues that exist in society and embedding them into a quote-unquote superhero movie."
The Riddick and Groot actor is amazed overall by the material and where he expects it to bring comic book films thematically. "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," he said.
Diesel also complimented the cast and his director. "Dave Wilson, who's directing it. Guy Pierce, who's in it is insane," he said. "We just have a great cast. "
The Bloodshot comic, a saga about an amnesiac soldier who can rapidly heal and shapeshift (thanks to nanites in his blood) on a quest for vengeance, was created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton. The character first appeared in Eternal Warrior #34, which came out the same day as The Death of Superman in 1992.
Bloodshot became an immensely popular character and the vanguard for the Valiant universe. Both the Bloodshot title and Valiant Comics have been heralded for their cutting-edge storytelling.
Directed by Dave Wilson (VFX Supervisor for Avengers: Age of Ultron) with a script by Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Jeff Wadlow (Truth or Dare), Bloodshot stars Vin Diesel, Guy Pearce and Toby Kebbell. The film is slated for release in 2020.
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