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1!! Trivia for the [[ComicBook/{{Blade}} comic book]]:²* WhatCouldHaveBeen: In 2015, a new ''Blade'' ongoing was announced as part of the ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel relaunch, to be written by Tim Seeley (''Hack/Slash'', ''ComicBook/{{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.²²!! Trivia for the [[Film/{{Blade}} first film]]:²* ActorInspiredElement: It was Creator/WesleySnipes' idea that the entrance to Pearl's lair be through a walk-in freezer.²** Snipes described Deacon Frost as the kind of guy who'd iceskate uphill. Stephen Norrington and David S. Goyer loved the phrase so much that they worked it into the dialogue.²* CaliforniaDoubling: Set in New Orleans (according to the script) but shot in Vancouver and Los Angeles.²* DeletedRole: Creator/StanLee 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.²* EditedForSyndication: When shown on broadcast TV, the scenes of the panty-flashing Japanese schoolgirls in the club is often cut or altered to hide them.²* FocusGroupEnding: The original ending had Deacon Frost turn into an EldritchAbomination made from blood but the test audiences found him hard to relate to and they couldn't get the special effects right.²* FollowTheLeader: In a sense, the movie led to the boom of Creator/MarvelComics-based movies. Though later overshadowed by the 2000's more successful ''Film/XMen1'' and ''Film/SpiderMan1'', ''Blade'' was the first Marvel movie to be a bona fide financial and critical success (''Film/MenInBlack'' came out first but technically, it was more a property ''bought'' by Marvel than ''made'' by Marvel). And granted, some productions such as the aforementioned ''Spider-Man'' [[DevelopmentHell had long been gestating]], but the movie's success proved that Marvel characters could headline their own movies. Additionally, Blade himself was not as well-known prior to the movie's release, but still made for a successful property. In addition to their A-list stars, Marvel and DC have subsequently looked at other lesser-known characters for possible movies.²** And despite ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' being basically a GenreKiller the year before, ''Blade'' proved comic book movies still had it.²*** Of course, the general public probably wasn't really aware that Blade ''was'' a comic book character originally, and thought it was just a cool VampireHunter, especially since ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' premiered a year before.²*** Though on the flip side, it was thanks to cartoon, ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' where Blade made his first animated appearance and was still playing at the time, that likewise go interest up among cartoon goers.²* HostilityOnTheSet: According to Creator/WesleySnipes and Stephen Dorff on the DVDCommentary, there was a slight clash between them while filming the hostage scene where Blade and Frost first meet in person. It was Dorff's first day, and while he was trying to establish Frost's motivation, approach, etc. Snipes became impatient and tried to counsel Dorff. Dorff became incredibly frustrated and said he felt overwhelmed since David Fincher and other notable filmmakers visited during filming and added further tension to the frantic on-set nature, forcing Snipes to assert his producer authority and make decisions. Snipes would tell Dorff that it was essential to trust in him, not only as the starring lead but also as producer. Snipes goes on in the commentary to say: "For a while...there wasn't that trust."²* MidDevelopmentGenreShift: It is alleged that at one point, Creator/NewLineCinema considered making the film into an action comedy horror film. But David S Goyer convince New Line to nix the idea.²* QuoteSource: ²** TheArmorer²** OneHeroHoldTheWeaksauce²* RealLifeRelative: In the Japanese dub used by TV Tokyo, Whister and Blade's voice actors (Creator/ChikaoOhtsuka and Creator/AkioOhtsuka respectively) were father and son in RealLife.²* TechnologyMarchesOn: By the time it pops up the viewers may well have forgotten that the events of the film are supposed to be happening "[[PresentDay Now]]", but the high-tech, supercomputer-using vampires leaving a ''video tape'' for Blade to discover [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece is a little quaint for any viewers watching past 2005 or so.]]²* WagTheDirector: Karen was originally going to be played by a white actress, Creator/WesleySnipes encouraged them to cast a black actress.²* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ²** Creator/LaurenceFishburne, Creator/DenzelWashington, and Music/LLCoolJ were considered for the part of [[Comicbook/{{Blade}} Eric Brooks]] before Creator/WesleySnipes was cast. Fishburne would later go on to play ComicBook/SilverSurfer and Bill Foster in ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer'' and ''Film/AntManAndTheWasp'' respectively. ²** Creator/JetLi was offered the role of Deacon Frost before the casting of Creator/StephenDorff, but turned it down in order to star in ''Film/LethalWeapon4''.²*** Creator/MarkWahlberg, Creator/BrucePayne, and Creator/SkeetUlrich were considered for Deacon Frost as well before the casting of Dorff. ²** [[Series/ThePrisoner1967 Patrick McGoohan]] and Creator/JonVoight were considered for the part of Abraham Whistler before Creator/KrisKristofferson was cast.²** Creator/DavidFincher was originally chosen to direct the movie before [[Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen Stephen Norrington]] was hired. However, Fincher departed the project due to undisclosed reasons. ²** Music/TheProdigy were approached to do the score and soundtrack for the film, but they turned down the offer due to other work commitments²** [[ComicBook/{{Morbius}} 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 ComicBook/SpiderMan 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.²** Quinn originally had a much smaller role, but Creator/DonalLogue was so funny onset that his character was expanded and he was allowed to ad-lib a good portion of his dialogue.²** The script for the first film revealed that Blade's sword was [[PassingTheTorch originally Whistler's]], and was [[TakeUpMySword handed down from vampire hunter to vampire hunter]]. It is also implied the original wielder used the sword to kill La Magra.²** The original plan would have had Blade ''failing'' to save the world and battling a [[ZombieApocalypse vampire apocalypse]] in the sequel. The third film would then be based on ''Literature/IAmLegend''.²** 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.²** 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 ''Film/BladeTrinity''.²** Pearl was originally designed as an androgynous Japanese man.²* WordOfGod: According to Stephen Norrington, the cause of Pearl's obese size was the creature gaining a cannibalistic lust for infants and children as he loves to eat their hearts.²²!! Trivia for the [[Series/{{Blade}} TV Series]]:²See [[Trivia/BladeTheSeries here]].²²!! Trivia for the [[Anime/{{Blade}} anime]]:²* DuelingShows: This show premiered in the same month as another series featuring a vampire hunter, ''Anime/BloodC''.²* RoleReprise: Creator/AkioOhtsuka reprises his role as Blade, having previously voiced him in TV Tokyo's Japanese dub of the live-action film series.²----


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