Bloodshot is a superhero film starring Vin Diesel as the titular hero Bloodshot, a soldier who is brought back from the edge of death and turned into a cybernetic super-soldier, without his memories. He must find out who he is, and use his newfound abilities to solve a dark conspiracy.
It is the first major motion picture based on the Valiant Universe, and the second official live-action adaptation of Bloodshot, after the Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe webseries. It was produced by Sony Pictures and theatrically released in the United States on March 13, 2020.
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.
All characters make their first appearances.
Ray, Gina, Axe, and Baris also appear in flashback sequences that are also false memories.
- Martin Axe (Dies)
- Nick Baris (Dies)
- Rising Spirit Technologies (RST)
- North America
- Dr. Harting's prosthetic arm & hand
- Jimmy Dalton's prosthetic legs & exoskeleton
- KT's respiratory system
- Marcus Tibbs' ocular prosthetics
- EMP bomb
- Flour bags
- 1964 Ford Mustang Convertible
- Gulfstream (Private jet)
- Vintage Porsche
No plot summary has been written yet.
- Vin Diesel as Bloodshot / Ray Garrison
- Eiza González as KT
- Sam Heughan as Corporal Jimmy Dalton
- Toby Kebbell as Martin Axe
- Guy Pearce as Dr. Emil Harting
- Talulah Riley as Gina
- Alex Hernandez as Marcus Tibbs
- Lamorne Morris as Wilfred Wigans
- Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Nick Baris
- Siddharth Dhananjay as Eric
- The film was theatrically released in the United States on March 13, 2020.
- In some European countries like Germany the film was already released on March 5, 2020.
- The digital release already followed on March 24, 2020. This unprecedented 11-day gap between the theatrical and digital releases was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing large numbers of theaters to shut their doors. 
- The movie was finally released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 5, 2020.
- In China, the movie was released on July 24, 2020.
- According to Box Office Mojo and The Numbers the movie grossed about $10 millions in the United States and $21 millions internationally, plus an additional $6.5 millions in China later on. In addition, it grossed about $15 millions from the home releases in the U.S. alone.
- This film was initially billed as the start of a "cinematic universe" of Valiant films, with Harbinger, Harbinger Wars, and Faith being some of the other concepts set to appear. However, in September 2019, Paramount acquired the film rights to the Valiant Universe from Sony Pictures, with the exception of Bloodshot. This divide makes the idea of a Valiant Cinematic Universe unlikely, at least one that features Bloodshot.
- Johnny Cash's cover of the song "Memories Are Made of This" was only used in the trailers.
- A novelization of the film, aptly named Bloodshot: The Official Movie Novelization, was released in early February, 2020.
- The chase scene that is set in London, England, was actually filmed in Cape Town, Africa.
Comparison to the Comics
- Besides Bloodshot, only two other characters are based on pre-existing characters from the comic books: Martin Axe is named after Ax, a character and villain who first appeared in Harbinger (Volume 1) in 1992. Ax is a computer expert and technician who would later cross paths with Bloodshot; see Rai (Volume 2) #0. Gina Garrison's role is very similar to Gina DeCarlo's from Bloodshot (Volume 2) published by Acclaim Comics in the late 1990s, however, in the comics it was never fully revealed whether Gina had been a real person or just a false memory.
- In the novelization, RST's super-soldiers are called Chainsaw, a group that also originates from Bloodshot (Volume 2).
- The company "Rising Spirit Technologies" is based on Project Rising Spirit.
- Guy Pearce is the main guy from Memento, a psychological thriller in which his character isn't able to form new memories and suffers from short memory loss.
- The 1964 Ford Mustang is based on the same car that appears on the cover of Harbinger #1. In the comics, Bloodshot is never actually seen with that car.
- In the false memory, Axe's dancing and singing along to the Talking Heads tune Psycho Killer is a homage to Bloodshot (Volume 2) in which Bloodshot is constantly seeing flashbacks of Gina DeCarlo and her mobster family in the style of the movie Reservoir Dogs in which the gangster Mr. Blonde starts dancing to the Stealers Wheel song Stuck in the Middle with You while torturing the victim. Also, the godfather of this wikia is MrBlonde267. It's a crazy world!
- The lab table on which Bloodshot is resting and getting his nanite injections is based on panels from Rai (Volume 2) #0 and Bloodshot #0.
- At some point, KT and Harting talk about other enhanced members and mention the names Layton and Van Hook. Layton created Project Risins Spirit and the Blood of Heroes and VanHook is the original creator of Bloodshot; see Eternal Warrior #4.
- Shortly before Bloodshot is recharged Jimmy Dalton is chatting with him while drinking a protein shake. It's a nod to the comics in which it is Bloodshot who is constantly in need of protein. In the movie his nanties are simply recycled.
- When Eric is updating the false memory input for Bloodshot's next mission the name "D. Perlin" is displayed. Don Perlin penciled the very first Bloodshot issues.
- About twelve seconds into the end credits, a copy of Bloodshot #1 can be seen in the center of the screen.
- Tell me. Do you remember anything?
- What you think is real...sometimes ain't!
One-of-a-Kind Promotional Cover
A very special variant cover featuring Vin Diesel's look as Bloodshot was created for Bloodshot Salvation #12; limited to one copy only and illustrated by Lewis LaRosa (Diesel's favorite Valiant artist), and signed by Diesel. The pose was inspired by Diesel's favorite Bloodshot pose, from Cary Nord's cover for Bloodshot Reborn #1. The issue was sold as part of a charity gaming auction called "Game4Paul", and was technically the first look at Diesel as Bloodshot. This art later served as the inspiration for the film's first poster.
ReferencesThis section is for footnotes and citations.
- ↑ Box Office: ‘Bloodshot,’ ‘The Hunt’ And ‘My Spy’ All Aim For $10M Opening Weekends
- ↑ Bloodshot Movie: Synopsis
- ↑ Sony to Release 'Bloodshot' Digitally Early (March 18, 2020 by THR)
- ↑ Harbinger Movie Moves To Paramount, Divides Valiant Comics Movie Universe (Sep 11, 2019 by Screenrant)
- ↑ 'Bloodshot' producer reveals the post-credits scene you'll never see (March 17, 2020 by Inverse)
- ↑ Here’s the logo I designed for RST - Rising Spirit Technologies – for the #BLOODSHOT movie. (tweeted on April 10, 2020)
- ↑ Paul Walker's Game4Paul Charity Event Will Feature Exclusive Vin Diesel Xbox One And More From The Bloodshot Set (October 11, 2018 by comicbook.com)
- Bloodshot (film) at Wikipedia.org
- Hard science, no universe: How 'Bloodshot' aims to reboot superhero movies: Director Dave Wilson and Hivemind's Dinesh Shamdasani and Hunter Gorinson unpack the surprise superhero movie of 2020. (October 21, 2019 on Inverse.com)
- Bloodshot Director Reveals How Vin Diesel's 9-Year-Old Son and Jeff Lemire Inspired the Film (November 15, 2019 on Newsarama.com)