Do you remember March of 2020, it happened about a decade ago? Well, a movie called Bloodshot was released in March and after the COVID pandemic closed down the world the movie was made available on VOD. Well, eight months later, the production company behind the Vin Diesel movie is moving forward with Bloodshot 2.
Back then we all watched Bloodshot on Video on Demand as we did with the Trolls sequel. Everyone thought the lockdowns would be for a short period of time and enjoying new movies was the way to go then. Did people seek out Bloodshot because they wanted to see the movie or is it just a product of the viewing audience’s boredom?
The people behind the making of the first movie are hoping it is the former which is why they have decided to move forward with Bloodshot 2. The moderately budgeted superhero flick from Valiant comics did well outside of the theatres and a sequel has now been greenlit.
Bloodshot 2 is Coming – Vin Diesel is Returning in the Titular Role
Vin Diesel starrer Bloodshot was released on VOD after the COVID pandemic shut down theatres.
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Bloodshot is a superhero movie based on the comic book of the same name from Valiant Comics. With Fast and the Furious’ producers Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel coming on board to produce the movie, Valiant Entertainment fast-tracked the movie.
Their original idea was to launch another superhero character Harbinger and then form an extended universe. But with Vin’s involvement, Bloodshot was deemed to be the one which should kickstart the universe. Well, after a Europe tour of shooting locations Bloodshot arrived in theatres on 13 March 2020, and depending on where you live, a few days later the lockdowns started.
Bloodshot was able to make $37 million at the box office before they were all shut down. Then the movie went to VOD where people paid the ticket prices to watch it in the comforts of their homes. Valiant’s parent company DMG was impressed with the numbers and they are bringing back the movie for a planned sequel.
Speaking to CBR, head of DMG, Dan Mintz said, “I think [Bloodshot] was very successful in that respect, a lot of people saw it and it did very well in the post-release rollout but you can’t use the same evaluation process, pre-COVID, to this.”
Talking about the profitability and cast involvement, Dan continued, “[Are] Vin Diesel and all those people going to still continue? Yes, because it did so well and the response to it has been so well, it’s just that the response has been in a non-transparent environment, as opposed to a transparent environment like box office numbers.”
We have seen titles like Mulan going straight to VOD and also running in theatres outside of America. The numbers for Mulan are not great, but that was a movie that cost $200 million to make. It is understandable that during the start of the pandemic people would have bought Bloodshot and the numbers are a little inflated.
Does this mean the sequel will be a success? We do not think so. The success of Bloodshot on the VOD platform was not because of Vin Diesel or the source material, it was born out of necessity for people looking for a little enjoyment. The COVID numbers transferring over to Bloodshot 2 is a longshot in our opinion.
The sub-6 rating on IMDb lets you know what people think of the movie. Bloodshot 2 is an unwanted sequel and we all know Vin Diesel hasn’t got any pull outside of the Fast & Furious franchise. This is a risky business for DMG and the production companies involved in the making of the superhero flick.
Bloodshot 2 Cast – Vin Diesel and Who Else?
Bloodshot had an uphill battle from the jump, it needed to establish a franchise, introduce a new superhero in a market saturated by superheroes, and then give enough room for its cast to breathe. Suffice it to say, the movie failed on all accords, but the casting was somewhat of a redeeming factor for the movie.
Vin Diesel fitted well in his role as a supersoldier, a stark contrast from his other franchise-starter The Last Witch Hunter. Vin will be returning in Bloodshot 2 for another go around the sun in a new franchise.
Eiza Gonzalez was almost a prop in the first movie but she did get her moment to shine. Her character KT may or may not come back. But every superhero needs a nerd guy in a van which is a role Wigans, played by Lamorne Morris, and he will almost certainly be back.
DMG Entertainment thinks they have a franchise of their own, from Valiant Comics, in their hands. We are not certain the world needs or wants more superhero movies and pinning hopes on Vin Diesel alone is not a great idea. Let’s be honest Fast & Furious franchise is not where it is now because of Vin and Bloodshot 2 won’t be either.
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