'Bloodshot': If Vin Diesel channels his inner 'Riddick' well, he will be perfect in his first superhero movie
He voiced Groot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but this will be the first time the actor physically appears in a movie as a superhero
It's seriously up for debate whether any of Vin Diesel's roles before 'Bloodshot' really count as a superhero. Sure, he voiced Groot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but this will be the first time the actor physically appears in a movie as a superhero. Unless you count 'Riddick', that is.
In fact, there are more than a few similarities between Riddick and Ray Garrison aka Bloodshot and channeling the former might help the actor deliver a better performance as the latter. Both individuals are extremely overpowered and morally ambiguous super-beings who go against their nature to commit heroic deeds.
Beyond that, the role of Bloodshot demands the same beast-like fury that practically radiates off of Diesel's performance as Riddick. Sure, the 'Riddick' movies picked up with the character already established as a menacing figure while 'Bloodshot' is more of an origin story but at their core, the two characters are in the same boat.
With his beloved roles in the 'Fast and Furious' franchise and the 'XXX' series, Diesel has an established reputation as a bankable action hero and we're really looking forward to seeing him put those skills to use in 'Bloodshot'. But more than any other role he has played, Riddick is the one that's most likely to inform Diesel's portrayal of the nanite-powered Valiant Comics supersoldier.
Here's the official synopsis for 'Bloodshot', according to the movie's website: "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' will arrive in theaters on March 13.