Well folks, there you have it. The entire “Blade” franchise review.
It’s been interesting looking back over this franchise.
I would like to state that the opening scene from the first “Blade” film, the rave scene, is one of my all time favourites. It jumps right into the deep end and was a statement for what was to come and that this is no watered down vampire film. It was so well done and certainly set the tone for the franchise, it’s an opening scene that deserves more credit, remember this is a comic film.
Yes that’s right, for those of you who still don’t know “Blade” is a comic book, a Marvel comic character to be exact. I have to admit that I’ve not been an avid reader of the series but I have read the odd issues and have enjoyed them, I’d love to know what someone’s thoughts were on the differences between comic book and film and was it a good crossover.
A tv series was eventually released in 2006 and ran for one series, just 13 episodes, and was swiftly cancelled. None of the original cast from the films returned for the series and it had a very poor reception from fans, though it wouldn’t surprise me if this was resurrected as turning films into tv series is very popular these days and “Blade” still has quite a big fanbase.
The films themselves were a global hit, with it’s mixture of high octane action, epic fight scenes, cool weapons and Horror it cast its net wider than a vampire film usually would and grabbed a lot of attention and amassed a huge fanbase worldwide. It was definitely a tester film for Marvel to see how people would receive a comic book film and it paid off massively.
As a franchise it’s quite strong, a rarity I’m sure you’ll agree. I wonder if we’ll ever see ‘Blade’ return to the big screen? I know Wesley Snipes has publicly declared he wants it to.