In 1998, two years before Bryan Singer’s original X-Men film hit so big with audiences and started the superhero movie craze that we’re still enjoying today, a harsher, R-rated action/horror film based on a Marvel Comics character hit the screen, and was widely praised. That film was Blade, starring Wesley Snipes, which spawned two sequels and even a short-lived TV series. The last time we saw Blade on the silver screen was in 2004, when Blade: Trinity was released. Since then, the exploits of the Daywalker have been limited to the aforementioned TV series, and scant appearances in the pages of Marvel Comics. There’s a possibility, though, that this could change.
Speaking with Deadline about his upcoming TV series “The Player” at Comic-Con, Snipes was asked about the possibility of returning to one of his most defining roles as the vampire hunter. Surprisingly, Snipes had quite a bit of information to share. When asked about returning in a new Blade film, Snipes said,
The project is controlled by Marvel and we did have a really productive and a wonderful meeting and we discussed a number of things. I don’t know where it’s on their schedule at this point, that hasn’t been decided. I guess it’s still up in the air.
What about the possibility of joining Marvel on another project, perhaps as a different character?
That’s a possibility too. I’ve always been a fan of these pieces and adaptations and I’d be nice to be a part of the family again. But if we don’t to a Blade 4 or something else with Marvel, we’ll do something else. We have some other characters and some other concepts that are going to be just as exciting and hopefully just as successful. The first season of The Player will be interesting as well because we have drama and action, which is what I like. It gives me a chance to do a number of different things.
Snipes was also asked about his perspective on the increasing prevlence of black superheroes in movies, specifically asked about the inclusion of Anthony Mackie’s “Falcon” in the Captain America and Avengers films, as well as the upcoming Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman. He gave a very thoughtful answer, that basically comes down to a “wait and see” approach.
I don’t know. It’s takes more than one situation to make it a trend. One wouldn’t qualify it as a trend or a real shift in the tides yet. We’ll have to see how well the films do and how well the characters are presented. Clearly there’s an audience for it, both domestically and internationally. And I know that only a few guys can do this, so it’s kind of hard. Not everybody can do the comic book adaptation thing and make it believable. It is challenging.
“The Player” will premiere on NBC later this year. For more news on a possible Blade follow-up and other information from the Marvel Universe, keep your eyes on GeekNation!
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