(1998-2004 Film Series)
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About These Films
1. Blade (1998)
2. Blade II (2002)
3. Blade: Trinity (2004)
Films: "Blade" was the beginning of Marvel Comics'
superhero movie empire. This is the first time Marvel ever had a
real breakout, theatrically-released movie success. Blade had
been a superhero of secondary or third-rate importance in comics for
years, and it seemed unlikely that he should be given a movie.
Since Blade was not as established as Spider-Man or Hulk, the film
creators could really play around with Blade's saga and
personality. It worked! "Blade" not only popularized the
character and made him marketable for merchandising, but it brought new
life into the acting career of Wesley Snipes. Wesley had quite a
career before and after the "Blade" movies, but I think many people
will remember him best as Blade. This is not a bad thing to be
"Blade: Trinity" was an excellent film. I
think it is probably the best of the three Blade films. However,
it didn't do quite as well in theaters as everyone hoped. This
film introduced, for the first time, the Nightstalkers. In the
comics, the Nightstalkers was Blade's team. A "Nightstalkers"
film, sans Blade, was planned, but abandoned.
In 2006, "Blade: The Series" hit TV on the SpikeTV
network. The series was incredible, but it wasn't given enough of
a chance and was cancelled after 12 episodes. It had the
same edge as the previous movies, and even followed up on the
movies. Why didn't it last? For one thing, a lot of people
thought the show would be watered-down with little violence to make it
more "family friendly". This was NOT a family show. It had
all the violence of the movies, and even some nudity. The only
thing they couldn't do was say the F-word (network rule) which was a
stupid rule. If you show blood and guts, why can't you say the
Another thing about the series is that the actor for
Blade was changed. Wesley Snipes didn't want to do TV, so he was
replaced with Ken "Sticky" Jones. I think Jones was a great
successor. Cast changes like that usually don't work out so well,
but I think Jones is awesome. He IS Blade; just as much as Wesley
was in the films. However, when actors are changed like that,
it's hard to be taken seriously and that also worked against the
success of the series.
In retrospect, Wesley Snipes should have stayed with
Blade for the TV series. The TV series operated on a pretty good
budget and was done just as well as the films. I can't imagine
the many direct-to-DVD B-movies he's done since 2004 could have been
more worthwhile to do than "Blade: The Series".
It seems that the "Blade" film series is all wrapped
up. It's sad, because there were so many great stories left to be
told. Due to the fact that "Blade: Trinity" and "Blade: The
Series" didn't do as well as they should have, it seems unlikely that
the Blade movies will be continued. Even if Wesley took up the
Blade mantle again, a theatrically-released Blade film might not
happen. And I don't think anyone wants to see Blade re-booted in
a new series; it was done perfect the first time around.
2. Blade II
3. Blade: Trinity (2004): This movie
is awesome! I don't know why it didn't take with audiences
better. Maybe it came too soon after the previous movie.
After all, "absence makes the heart grow fonder". We finally get
to see Blade's team from the comics, the Nightstalkers, and Blade
fights a very cool version of Dracula (played by Dominic
Purcell). Blade fights the first and greatest of all
vampires! How cool is that?!
The only thing I don't like is the fact that Blade's
sidekick, Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) was killed in the
beginning. However, we knew Whistler had to die sooner or later,
and it sets up the introduction for the Nightstalkers.
Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel have since become
huge stars. This movie was the first time I ever saw Ryan
Reynolds in anything I liked. His Hannibal King is a great
character, and probably the highlight of the movie. Biel was also
very good, and I enjoyed wrestler Triple H as the thug of this movie.
Wesley Snipes as Blade
Kris Kristofferson as Whistler
Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King
Jessica Biel as Abigail Whistler
- Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson were
reportedly unhappy with this movie, feeling that there were too many
- Wesley Snipes and director David S. Goyer did not
get along too well during the production of this movie, due to creative
- Triple H's part was originally meant to be much
smaller. However, he impressed everyone with his work ethic and
camera presence. In return, he was given more lines and more