Blade (film series)

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Blade Trilogy
Blade Trilogy.jpg
The Blade Trilogy DVD box set
Directed by Stephen Norrington
Guillermo del Toro
David S. Goyer
Written by David S. Goyer
Marv Wolfman
Gene Colan
Starring Wesley Snipes
Kris Kristofferson
Music by Mark Isham (Blade)
Marco Beltrami (Blade II)
Ramin Djawadi (Blade: Trinity)
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates 1998–2004
Running time 639 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $415,098,928

The Blade films are based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name, portrayed by Wesley Snipes. They were written by David S. Goyer, Marv Wolfman, and Gene Colan, directed by Stephen Norrington, Guillermo del Toro and Goyer respectively, and distributed by New Line Cinema.

The character was created in 1973 for Marvel Comics by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan and was a supporting character in the 1970s comic Tomb of Dracula. In the comic, Blade's mother was bitten by a vampire while she was in labor with Blade. Thus, it can be inferred, Blade was born as a dhampir, a human with vampire genes.

Films[edit]

Blade[edit]

Main article: Blade (film)

Blade grows up to become a vampire hunter, swearing vengeance on the creatures that killed his mother. He teams up with a man called Whistler, a retired vampire hunter and weapons expert.

Meanwhile, in the urban underworld, a feud is started between "pure-blood" vampires and those who had been human, but were "turned." Blade becomes aware of this and investigates further, uncovering a plot to raise the blood god La Magra, something he must stop at all costs.

Blade II[edit]

Main article: Blade II

A rare mutation has occurred within the vampire community. "Reapers" are vampires so consumed with an insatiable bloodlust that they prey on vampires as well as humans, transforming victims who are unlucky enough to survive into Reapers themselves. Now their quickly expanding population threatens the existence of vampires, and soon there won't be enough humans in the world to satisfy their bloodlust. Blade, Whistler and an armory expert named Scud are curiously summoned by the Shadow Council. The council reluctantly admits that they are in a dire situation and they require Blade's assistance. Blade then tenuously enters into an alliance with The Bloodpack, an elite team of vampires who were trained in all modes of combat to defeat Blade. They'll use their skills instead to help wipe out the Reaper threat. Blade's team and the Bloodpack are the only line of defense which can prevent the Reaper population from wiping out the vampire and human populations.

Blade: Trinity[edit]

Main article: Blade: Trinity

The vampires succeed in framing Blade for the killing of a human (who was in fact a familiar being used as bait). Blade, now in the public's eye and wanted by the FBI, has to join forces with the Nightstalkers, a human clan of vampire hunters. Blade, Hannibal King, and Abigail Whistler go after Danica Talos, who has succeeded in locating and resurrecting Drake, also known as Dracula, the first vampire and by far the most powerful. In order to stop him, Blade has to release a virus that will wipe out all vampires, but being a damphir, he must face the possibility of also dying at the hands of the virus.

Future[edit]

In December 2007, it was reported that Wesley Snipes had launched a lawsuit against New Line, director David Goyer and the film's producers, because he was forced to give up screen time to Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel. Further, Snipes alleges he did not receive his salary upon agreement and was not afforded the decision-making power he was entitled to as a producer.

Snipes is also optimistic that, once things are settled, there will be a Blade 4.[1] However, on April 24, 2008, Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for three misdemeanor convictions for willful failure to file federal income tax returns. Due to this, his role in future Blade movies is uncertain. After Snipes's return on the stage with Brooklyn's Finest, in an interview by Arrow in the Head Snipes has said that he is interested in Blade 4 as long as the plot is fine. He also said that there is a possibility for the film to be produced. In February 2010, Wesley Snipes said he would be interested in portraying Blade again.[2]

At San Diego Comic Con 2011, Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada stated that Marvel Studios had regained the film rights to Blade. With this, it is now unknown whether Marvel will develop a fourth film or a reboot of the franchise.[3] It is also unknown if a reboot will be part of Marvel Cinematic Universe or a non-canon film. As of May 7, 2013, Marvel had a film script for a new Blade film.[4]

At San Diego Comic Con 2014, Snipes told MTV that he's open for returning as Blade.[5][6]

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Film TV series
Blade Blade II Blade: Trinity Blade: The Series
Blade Wesley Snipes Kirk Jones
Abraham Whistler Kris Kristofferson   [Recordatory & Mentioned]
Deacon Frost Stephen Dorff  
Dr. Karen Jenson N'Bushe Wright  
Quinn Donal Logue  
Mercury Arly Jover  
Vanessa Brooks Sanaa Lathan  
Racquel Traci Lords  
Gitano Dragonetti Udo Kier  
Eli Damaskinos   Thomas Kretschmann  
Jared Nomak   Luke Goss  
Priest   Tony Curran  
Nyssa Damaskinos   Leonor Varela  
Dieter Reinhardt   Ron Perlman  
Asad   Danny John-Jules  
Chupa   Matt Schulze  
Scud   Norman Reedus  
Dracula / Drake   Dominic Purcell  
Abigail Whistler   Jessica Biel  
Hannibal King   Ryan Reynolds  
Danica Talos   Parker Posey  
Dr. Edgar Vance   John Michael Higgins  
Jarko Grimwood   Triple H  
Asher Talos   Callum Keith Rennie  
Krista Starr   Jill Wagner
Shen   Nelson Lee
Marcus Van Sciver   Neil Jackson
Chase   Jessica Gower
Agent Ray Collins   Larry Poindexter

Crew[edit]

Film Director Producer Writer Composer Cinematographer Editor
Blade Stephen Norrington Peter Frankfurt
Wesley Snipes
Robert Engelman
Andrew J. Horne
Avi Arad
David S. Goyer Mark Isham Theo van de Sande Paul Rubell
Blade II Guillermo del Toro Peter Frankfurt
Wesley Snipes
Patrick Palmer
Avi Arad
Marco Beltrami Gabriel Beristain Peter Amundsen
Blade: Trinity David S. Goyer Peter Frankfurt
Wesley Snipes
David S. Goyer
Lynn Harris
Ramin Djawadi Conrad Smart
Howard E. Smith

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Reference
North America Outside North America Worldwide All time North America All time worldwide
Blade August 21, 1998 $70,087,718 $61,095,812 $131,183,530 #724 $45 million [7][8]
Blade II March 22, 2002 $82,348,319 $72,661,713 $155,010,032 #558 $54 million [9]
Blade: Trinity December 8, 2004 $52,411,906 $76,493,460 $128,905,366 #1,036 $65 million [10]
Total $204,847,943 $210,250,985 $415,098,928 $164 million

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Blade 55% (84 reviews)[11] 45% (23 reviews)[12]
Blade II 59% (136 reviews)[13] 52% (28 reviews)[14]
Blade: Trinity 26% (163 reviews)[15] 38% (30 reviews)[16]

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
U.S. U.S. R&B
1998 Blade
  • Released: August 25, 1998
  • Label: TVT
36 28
  • US: Gold
2002 Blade II
  • Released: March 19, 2002
  • Label: Virgin
26 23
2004 Blade: Trinity
  • Released: November 23, 2004
  • Label: New Line
68

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comics2Film". Comics2Film. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Welsey Snipes says he's interested in doing Blades 4". Joblo.com. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.worstpreviews.com/headline.php?id=22390
  4. ^ "Marvel Cliffhanger: Robert Downey Jr.'s $50 Million Sequel Showdown". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved November 29, 2014. Marvel ... has scripts for Blade and Ms. Marvel features, for example. 
  5. ^ "Wesley Snipes Demands More Black Super Heroes". MTV. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wesley Snipes Reportedly Returning For A Fourth Blade Movie". Comic Book. 2014-08-28. Retrieved 2014-08-28. 
  7. ^ "Blade (1998)". Box Office Mojo. Box Office Mojo, LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Blade Production Budget". The-Numbers. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Blade II (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Box Office Mojo, LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Blade: Trinity (2004)". Box Office Mojo. Box Office Mojo, LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Blade". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Blade (1998)". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Blade II". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Blade II (2002)". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Blade: Trinity". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Blade: Trinity (2004)". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 

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