Trivia: Blade

Trivia for the film series:

  • 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.
  • Franchise Ending Felony: 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • And The Cat was one of the vampires teaming with Blade in Blade II
    • And yet defied. Chupa from Blade II? Part of the Blood Pack? Yeah, he was apparently in Blade I. The guy whose hand gets exploded by Blade's booby-trapped sword. Guy named "Crease". Matt Shulze, and apparently he put on some weight between the two flicks. He was also the beta Dragon in the first Transporter flick.
    • Perhaps we should be calling Dracula Linc-ula?
    • It is incredibly unnerving to see Ron Perlman as a vampire in Blade II, especially after seeing him as Clay Morrow and Hellboy.
    • First vampires, then zombies? Thomas Kretschmann can't catch a break!
    • The drug dealer in Blade II is played by Ladislav Beran, who also played a clockwork assassin.
    • Donal Logue went from a thuggish vampire to a well-meaning, slightly awkward detective in Life.
    • Scud is played by Norman Reedus.
    • Tony Curran (Blade II) would later play another vampire in Underworld: Evolution.
    • Luke Goss (the main Reaper in Blade II) has also played an elf prince and Steve Fox.
    • Speaking of Hellboy, Ron Pearlman is part of the Bloodpack.
    • Triple H is Danica's right-hand man in the third film.
    • Holy shit. Donnie Yen is a vampire swordsman in the sequel.
    • Udo Kier (Dragonetti)
  • The Other Darrin: Kirk Jones replaced Wesley Snipes in the title role for the television series.
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • 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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