Trivia / Blade

Trivia for the film series:

  • Deleted Role: Stan Lee originally had a cameo that was ultimately cut from the film. He played one of the cops that come in to the blood club during the aftermath and discover Quinn's body on fire.
  • Development Hell: A prison sentence for tax evasion is holding up the fourth film. Though a reboot (specially as Marvel got the filming rights back from New Line) is always possible.
  • Role Ending Misdemeanor: Or in this case, "Franchise Ending Misdemeanor". In a rare example of the incapacitation of a key actor doing the dirty work usually reserved for the Grim Reaper, the New Line film series is officially over as a direct result of Wesley Snipes being sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion. The reason? The deadline for New Line/Warner Bros. to produce a fourth film before the rights to the franchise reverted to Marvel Studios/The Walt Disney Company passed during this prison term.
  • Screwed by the Network: Blade: The Series. While it wasn't mindblowingly great, it was still a decent TV show with what you'd expect to see from something bearing the name "Blade." Sadly Spike TV didn't see it that way from the ratings and pulled the plug. Leaving the series unresolved.
  • Technology Marches On: By the time it pops up the viewers may well have forgotten that the events of the film are supposed to be happening "Now", but the high-tech, supercomputer-using vampires leaving a video tape for Blade to discover is a little quaint for any viewers watching past 2005 or so.
  • Troubled Production: Blade: Trinity was plagued with problems. Firstly, they filmed in Vancouver during a time when it was uncharacteristically rainy. Also most of Blade's scenes were filmed with Wesley Snipes' stand-in, because Snipes would stay in his trailer smoking weed all day. After he tried to choke the director, David Goyer, and the director hired local bikers to act as his personal security, Wesley Snipes avoided the set even more, and would only communicate with the crew via Post-It notes signed "From Blade." This led to Blade being Out of Focus and the Nightstalkers becoming the focus of the film.
  • What Could Have Been: Wesley Snipes was chosen for Blade over Denzel Washington and Laurence Fishburne.
    • LL Cool J was originally considered for Blade.
    • When the film was first being developed, David Fincher was supposed to direct. He later dropped out to pursue other projects.
    • The script for the first film revealed that Blade's sword was originally Whistler's, and was handed down from vampire hunter to vampire hunter. It is also implied the original wielder used the sword to kill La Magra.
    • The original plan of the first film would have had Blade failing to save the world and battling a vampire apocalypse in the sequel. The third film would then be based on I Am Legend.
    • Creator/PatrickMcGoohan was considered for Whistler.
    • When Karen Jensen wakes up at Blade's hideout after her attack and rescue by Blade, the script had her discover a jar with a vampire baby in it. The baby would be alive and used by Blade and Whistler as a guinea pig for testing out weapons to fight vampires. The studio however found the concept to be disturbing and refused to allow it.
    • The scene where Karen and Deacon are talking about the cure for vampirism initially ran a bit longer and answered the question of how the vampires would feed if everybody was turned into a vampire. They would keep some humans alive in giant blood bags to harvest them. The bags can still be seen in a doorway during the scene, and later played an integral part of the plot in Blade: Trinity.
    • The Prodigy were approached to do the score and soundtrack for the film, but they turned down the offer due to other work commitments
    • Jet Li was offered the part of Deacon Frost but opted to do Lethal Weapon 4 instead.
    • Morbius was originally going to be the main villain for Blade II.
    • Oliver Hirschbiegel wanted to direct the third film but was bound to a contract to direct another film. The film he ended up making? Downfall, which got him an Academy Award nomination.
    • Michael Jackson was originally going to be a creepy vampire sadism-specialist in the second movie. At least some of the scene was filmed, but ultimately cut. There's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of his back left in.

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Trivia for the anime:

  • Dueling Shows: This show premiered in the same month as another series featuring a vampire hunter, Blood-C.