Wesley Snipes has done his time and has thrown himself back into the world of acting. His latest acting gig is on the television series The Player. Snipes is at SDCC 2015 to promote the show and you… and of course Snipes, both knew that Blade questions would be thrown at him. What’s Snipes got to say about Blade?
Deadline sat down with Snipes about his new series and as everyone hoped, quickly asked Snipes about Blade. We’re starting the interview one question before that to set up, because that is the point Snipes first mentions Blade.
DEADLINE: How do you think it will go over in front of the Comic-Con crowd?
SNIPES: I think it was kind of interesting that a drama like this, a high-concept drama, would be even considered to be represented in Comic-Con, so it should be interesting. I just hope that we don’t have all the questions centered around if I’m going to do Blade Four or not.
DEADLINE: Well, will you be bringing the vampire hunter back?
SNIPES: The project is controlled by Marvel and we did have a really productive and a wonderful meeting and we discussed a number of things. I don’t know where it’s on their schedule at this point, that hasn’t been decided. I guess it’s still up in the air.
DEADLINE: Could we see you going the ever expanding Marvel Universe in another way?
SNIPES: That’s a possibility too. I’ve always been a fan of these pieces and adaptations and I’d be nice to be a part of the family again. But if we don’t to a Blade 4 or something else with Marvel, we’ll do something else. We have some other characters and some other concepts that are going to be just as exciting and hopefully just as successful. The first season of The Player will be interesting as well because we have drama and action, which is what I like. It gives me a chance to do a number of different things.
DEADLINE: Marvel has the Black Panther movie moving forward and the Falcon character has become part of the Captain America and Avengers franchises, do you think the tide is turning to finally have more African-American superheroes?
SNIPES: I don’t know. It’s takes more than one situation to make it a trend. One wouldn’t qualify it as a trend or a real shift in the tides yet. We’ll have to see how well the films do and how well the characters are presented. Clearly there’s an audience for it, both domestically and internationally. And I know that only a few guys can do this, so it’s kind of hard. Not everybody can do the comic book adaptation thing and make it believable. It is challenging.
He makes some great points there. We can get a couple of things out of this:
1. Snipes has met with Marvel to discuss Blade.
2. There might be other things Snipes might do with Marvel.
Of course the first would mean a Blade movie, but the second could mean Blade cameos or guest appearances. I’d love to see Blade make an appearance on one of Netflix’s Marvel shows like Daredevil or Iron Fist. There’s also Black Panther coming up, perhaps there is a cameo, or an entirely new role for Snipes to play.
Let’s not forget that Marvel had a comic series Marvel Knights where Blade and some other darker characters formed up to fight evil.
What do you think, should Snipes be brought back to play Blade, or is a younger man needed?