Jason David Frank has been embraced with tenacious love by his fans for his multiple roles in the Power Rangers franchise. His dedication to property is recognized, and he approached his characters with an energy and fervor that transcended the screen. After nearly three decades since his debut as the Green Ranger, his work on the character still resonates with even casual fans.
However, Frank Power Rangers role was not his only notable performance. In 2018 he played Bloodshot from Valiant Comics in the movie ninjak vs valiant universe. As the first actor to portray Bloodshot live-action, Frank was able to tap into the character’s essence as if he were taken off the page and onto the screen.
Valiant Comics’ Bloodshot is a nuanced character
Make its first full appearance in the pages of RAI #0 from Valiant Comics (by Bob Layton, Jim Shooter and David Lapham), Bloodshot was a super-soldier created by the government agency Project Rising Spirit. Bloodshot has nanite-infused blood giving him extraordinary powers and the ability to regenerate tissue, recovering from normally fatal wounds. He is also almost never without an arsenal of guns, blades, and tactical gear. Despite his gruff and often grizzled exterior due to the fights he sees, Bloodshot is also often seen as the valiant heart of the universe.
While Bloodshot’s stories are arguably the most visceral and violent in the publisher’s line, the character has also been at the center of some of Valiant’s most heartbreaking and heartfelt crossover events. This includes The brave (by Jeff Lamire, Matt Kindt and Paolo Rivera) where he risks his life to ensure the safety of a little girl destined to protect the Earth. Bloodshot also helmed several volumes of his own title – much of which was often seen in the hands of Jason David Frank on the set of Ninjak VS The Valiant Universe. Although unfamiliar with the character entering production, Frank quickly became a fan and quickly absorbed as many comics as he could.
Jason David Frank was perfect for Bloodshot
As one of the largest shared universes in comics, Valiant has a huge library of characters, many of whom appeared in Ninjak VS The Valiant Universe. The movie was directed by Bat In The Sun Productions and produced by Dinesh Shamdasani (CEO/CCO of Valiant Entertainment at the time), and between the two of them, they couldn’t have done better to star as Bloodshot with Jason. David Frank. Although his role was resigned to a supporting character in the film, that didn’t stop Frank from committing to hours of make-up, precise haircuts and hours of arduous filming of cut-to-length action scenes. the breath. The Payoff was a fun, impactful, and inspired portrayal of a decades-old character that many Valiant fans thought they’d never see on screen.
Inspired by the source material, Frank pledged to do the character justice by being the first to put his stamp on Bloodshot in live action. He used his background in mixed martial arts to bring an authenticity to Bloodshot that most Hollywood superhero fare often lacks. His fight scenes with co-star Michael Rowe as the titular Ninjak were thrilling but painful to watch, as the two embodied the characters. Ultimately, Bloodshot is a lesser-known character in the comic world. However, what Frank did not only brought the super-soldier to life with dedication and studied precision, it also brought awareness to one of the comics’ hidden gems and gave Valiant fans a gift that will never be forgotten. not soon forgotten.
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