Blade (film series)

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Blade Trilogy
Blade Trilogy.jpg
The Blade Trilogy DVD box set
Directed byStephen Norrington
Guillermo del Toro
David S. Goyer
Written byDavid S. Goyer
Marv Wolfman
Gene Colan
StarringWesley Snipes
Kris Kristofferson
Music byMark Isham (Blade)
Marco Beltrami (Blade II)
Ramin Djawadi (Blade: Trinity)
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release dates1998–2004
Running time639 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$415,098,928
 
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Blade Trilogy
Blade Trilogy.jpg
The Blade Trilogy DVD box set
Directed byStephen Norrington
Guillermo del Toro
David S. Goyer
Written byDavid S. Goyer
Marv Wolfman
Gene Colan
StarringWesley Snipes
Kris Kristofferson
Music byMark Isham (Blade)
Marco Beltrami (Blade II)
Ramin Djawadi (Blade: Trinity)
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release dates1998–2004
Running time639 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
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 David S. 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, 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.

Cast and characters[edit]

CharacterFilmTV series
BladeBlade IIBlade: TrinityBlade: The Series
BladeWesley SnipesKirk Jones
Abraham WhistlerKris Kristofferson  [Recordatory & Mentioned]
Deacon FrostStephen Dorff 
Dr. Karen JensonN'Bushe Wright 
QuinnDonal Logue 
MercuryArly Jover 
Vanessa BrooksSanaa Lathan 
RacquelTraci Lords 
Gitano DragonettiUdo 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

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

FilmRelease dateBox office revenueBox office rankingBudgetReference
United StatesForeignWorldwideAll time domesticAll time worldwide
BladeAugust 21, 1998$70,087,718$61,095,812$131,183,530No. 724$45,000,000[4][5]
Blade IIMarch 22, 2002$82,348,319$72,661,713$155,010,032No. 558$54,000,000[6]
Blade: TrinityDecember 8, 2004$52,411,906$76,493,460$128,905,366#1,036$65,000,000[7]
Total$204,847,943$210,250,985$415,098,928$164,000,000

Critical response[edit]

FilmRotten TomatoesMetacritic
Blade55% (84 reviews)[8]45% (23 reviews)[9]
Blade II59% (136 reviews)[10]52% (28 reviews)[11]
Blade: Trinity26% (163 reviews)[12]38% (30 reviews)[13]

Soundtracks[edit]

YearTitleChart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
U.S.U.S. R&B
1998Blade
  • Released: August 25, 1998
  • Label: TVT
3628
2002Blade II
  • Released: March 19, 2002
  • Label: Virgin
2623
2004Blade: 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. ^ "Blade (1998)". Box Office Mojo. Box Office Mojo, LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Blade Production Budget". The-Numbers. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Blade II (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Box Office Mojo, LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Blade: Trinity (2004)". Box Office Mojo. Box Office Mojo, LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Blade". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Blade (1998)". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Blade II". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Blade II (2002)". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Blade: Trinity". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Blade: Trinity (2004)". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 

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