Yesterday Vin Diesel broke the Internet by posting a video to Facebook of him dancing and singing along to Beyoncé and Katy Perry. And, as if that weren’t enough of a treat, if you watched to the 3:12 mark you’d hear him announce–with Perry’s “Dark Horse” still blaring in the background—Universal’s interest in making a fourth Riddick movie.
“I’m just excited, and happy, and I’m shouting out to you guys to say thank you. Universal just called me and told me that Riddick is number one on the DVD charts. There’s no way in the world Riddick would have been made without you guys. You know that. And you guys have been a part of our [Facebook] page since 2012 and remember how arduous a road it was to get the movie made, and to make it rated R, and to do it with such a low budget. It’s a win for all of us and I really, really, really, really thank you so much. Yeah, I’m excited, and of course, Universal also says they want to develop the next one.”
And then he made this face, which I feel is an important bit of information to share with you.
To be honest, I’m more excited about the dancing than the fourth Riddick movie. Same as Zoe, the sexism in last September’s Riddick upset me. There were two female characters, one of whom—played by Katee Sackhoff—had substantial screentime, and both their plots largely revolved around the threat (or actual presence of) of rape. And then Sackhoff’s character, who explicitly states that she’s a lesbian, wants to sleep with Riddick by the end of the film. Because that’s why lesbians are lesbians, obviously: They haven’t met the right bald, brooding man yet. I wasn’t expecting anything particularly progressive from Riddick. I just wanted it to follow Pitch Black‘s example and be a solid, entertaining actioner. Then it had to get all gross.
And the bad taste lingers in my mouth, which is why I’m not too excited about this fourth movie. (Fast and Furious 7, on the other hand…) Vin—can I call you Vin?—and director David Twohy, how ’bout this: Next time around you give us a movie that doesn’t use sexual violence A) for shock value, or B) as a method of establishing the eeeevilness of bad guys whose villainy is already well-established. Actually? Just leave sexual violence out of the next movie. Full stop.