Will Bloodshot the movie be the one shot Valiant needs to get their comics onto the big screen or will it shoot blanks? I mean, all it took for Marvel to be the big hit that it is today was to place Robert Downey Jr into a hot rod red iron suit! And although DC is still working on making a fairly decent comeback since Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy, Vin Diesel may be the Bloodshot to RDJ’s Tony Stark or for that matter Batman’s Christian Bale…
What comic book is Bloodshot based on?
Bloodshot who first appeared on Eternal Warrior #4 in 1992, is one of Valiant’s top 5 most famous and top 10 strongest characters. This may bring up the question, “why didn’t Valiant choose X-O MANOWAR or NINJAK?” And the answer is pretty simple… Storyline. Bloodshot’s storyline is like that of Wolverine’s, which beats out all of the other X-Men origin stories combined, which is also why Logan is by far the most popular X-Man period.
Although some would disagree and say it was XXX, Vin Diesel who in my opinion made a name for himself by way of the Fast & Furious franchise that started back in 2001, may have found his comic book-inspired movie roll with Bloodshot! Why? Bloodshot, much like Wolverine, wasn’t the best of people, in fact, he still isn’t, which is why he’s called an anti-hero; sort of like Venom today.
So what makes Bloodshot so famous, not to mention marketable? His nanites; the one billion nanobots coursing through his veins. The same nanobots that not only allow him to instantly heal, but shift & give him the superhuman strength he has. So how did Bloodshot come into this nanotechnology?
Who is Bloodshot?
As I’m sure you’ve guessed, Bloodshot is not his birth name, but rebirth name x 2… Angelo Mortalli was not a soldier for the military, but for the Italian mob, which (to make a long story short) frame him for a murder he didn’t commit. It was during this time, a military project by the name of “Project Rising Spirit” was running human experiments on prisoners. Some 1 billion nanites and fake memories later and you have a super soldier with superhuman strength, fast healing capabilities and violent (made up) memories to motivate him to destroy, which was reflected in Bloodshot the movie.
It’s not until many years later that a new project named Bloodshot begins to dabble in child subjects that one of the founding scientists begins to realize where all this is going and flees the organization to make things right again. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, that’s when Bloodshot’s character is sent to deal with this scientist… But his target is already expecting Bloodshot and captures him, and has his mind wiped clean (again) – but no more violent thoughts. This places Bloodshot in his new role…
The more I describe Bloodshot’s story, the more it begins to sound more and more like Logan aka Wolverine. Angelo’s memories are wiped clean and Logan gets a bullet in his head that gives him amnesia. In the end, they both go searching for who they really are while helping others throughout their journey of redemption, making Bloodshot an Anti-Hero.
I for one am a big fan of Bloodshot, probably because I’m a big fan of Wolverine too, but the difference between the two is that Bloodshot at one point is turned human, albeit a short time, but he is human nonetheless. Logan on the other hand is simply beaten down and wants to simply quit and die after the part he unknowingly played in Civil War. But they both come back stronger than ever in the most epic of ways… That’s probably why I despised Old Man Logan, the movie so damn much. It was nothing like Mark Millar’s masterpiece, but I digress…
Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel, Aiza Gonzalez (From Dusk till Dawn TV show), Guy Pierce (LA Confidential) and Sam Heughan (Outlander) is already available on iTunes & Google Play to purchase & rent! So let me know what you think by commenting below, and don’t forget to like and share our posts!