Trivia / Blade

Trivia for the comic book:

  • What Could Have Been: In 2015, a new Blade ongoing was announced as part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel relaunch, to be written by Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Grayson) and drawn by Logan Faerber, and would have featured Blade's daughter. It was cancelled when Seeley left the project, feeling that it would be yet another series featuring a Black lead written with a White creative team.

Trivia for the first film:

  • 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.
  • Edited for Syndication: When shown on broadcast TV, the scenes of the panty-flashing Japanese schoolgirls in the club is often cut or altered to hide them.
  • Follow the Leader: The movie was one of a number of darker hyper-stylized comic based films made in its decade after the success of Tim Burton's Batman.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
    • Michael Morbius was planned to be used as the main antagonist in a eventual sequel, but the idea was dropped out due to the fact the character's rights belong to Spider-Man universe, and their movie license were property of Sony at the time. The vampire at the rooftop in the alternate ending of the movie is Morbius.

Trivia for the TV Series:

  • The Other Darrin: Kirk Jones replaced Wesley Snipes in the title role for the television series.
  • Recycled: The Series: Based fully on the films.
  • Screwed by the Network: 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.

Trivia for the anime:

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