Blade star Mahershala Ali says while Wesley Snipes still “owns” the title role, he is looking forward to “earning it.”
Blade star Mahershala Ali says he is eager to earn his place as the vampire hunter, saying the role and the excitement it brings still belong to Wesley Snipes.
“What I look forward to is earning it,” Ali said during a recent interview with Jake Hamilton of Jake’s Takes. “I look forward to earning… You know, there’s an anticipation for it, there’s an excitement for it that he owns — that Mr. Snipes owns, you know? And so, in filling his shoes… I’m just working to earn my place in this… I’m just excited to get going and do the work.”
“I don’t walk around as Blade, so I’m not attached to the character like that. I’m happy that he’s been recast, and more than likely will do a great job.” – Wesley Snipes___________________________________________________________________________
Created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, the character of Eric Brooks/Blade first appeared in The Tomb of Dracula #10, which was published by Marvel Comics in 1973. Wesley Snipes famously brought the character to live-action in director Stephen Norrington’s 1998 film Blade, which has been credited with helping to usher in the modern era of Marvel movies.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige officially confirmed that the studio was developing a film reboot of Blade as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ali was announced to be starring in the title role, having approached Marvel about the project himself.
Ali is the third person to play Blade in live-action, following Snipes in New Line Cinema’s Blade film trilogy and Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones on Blade: The Series, which aired on Spike in 2006. The new Blade movie also marks Ali’s second major Marvel project, having previously portrayed antagonist Cornell “Cottonmouth” on the Netflix series Marvel’s Luke Cage in 2016.
Snipes himself endorsed Ali’s casting as Blade: “I don’t walk around as Blade, so I’m not attached to the character like that. I’m happy that he’s been recast, and more than likely will do a great job.”
Marvel Studios’ Blade is directed by Bassam Tariq from a script by Stacy Osei-Kuffour. The film does not currently have an official release date, though production is expected to begin in summer 2022.
I’ve seen ‘Spawn’ movie concept suits – Jamie Foxx
A Spawn reboot may finally see the light of day, with actor Jamie Foxx saying that he has seen concept suits for the comic book character. He was asked in an interview if he has seen a costume for the film, leading to a surprising answer. “I’ve seen a lot of concepts,” he reveals. “Because Todd, what he does it, every single day he’s doodling and he’s fixing and he’s doing some things that, to me, I think is gonna be like way out when you see it. And how he crafts that cape and how that cape becomes almost like – I’ll say this – as big as the screen that you’re watching.”
A live-action Spawn reboot seems to have been talked about for decades since a sequel to the 1997 release was cancelled. Creator Todd McFarlane has teased the film on multiple occasions throughout the years, with actor Jamie Foxx recently sharing news that may mean the film is much closer to a release than anticipated.
MacFarlane has said he wants the reboot to be rated R, which would be reminiscent of the 2019 R-rated release ‘Joker’, which went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.
Foxx thinks those working on the film are ready for their turn. “But it starts in a way that is so cool. And it’s not big budget, you know? And that’s what I love about it. It’s sort of like how when they did the Joker. And so, we’re just like, just getting this right, cooking it right, but staying in contact, keeping the energy going and when we lay it on you, there’s gonna be some moments where you go ‘oh man’.”
More developments are expected at New York Comic-Con in October. Regarding an announcement, McFarlane told CBR at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, “We were debating whether to make a big announcement because we’ve been adding pieces to it here at San Diego. So all the parties that were involved, we had the conversation: ‘Do we make the announcement here or do we wait and keep our gunpowder dry until New York Comic Con?’ And we eventually said we’ll do it at New York.”
‘WandaVision’ director in talks to direct ‘Fantastic Four’
Marvel Studios appears to be one step closer to finalizing plans for the highly anticipated “Fantastic Four” reboot, with news that “WandaVision” helmer Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the project, Variety has confirmed.
At the San Diego Comic-Con in July, Marvel boss Kevin Feige teased the movie, which is currently slated to debut on Nov. 8, 2024, revealing that “Fantastic Four” would kick off Phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Jon Watts, who helmed all three of Sony and Marvel’s “Spider-Man” films, had previously been announced as the “Fantastic Four” director, but exited the project in April. Rumors that Shakman had been tapped to take the job hit the internet earlier this week, with the choice heralded by fans given the director’s successful piloting of the Disney+ series.
For his work on “WandaVision,” Shakman landed an Emmy nomination for outstanding directing for a limited or anthology series or movie, as well as a nod in the outstanding limited or anthology series category as an executive producer on the series. Shakman is also an Emmy nominee for his directing work on Hulu’s “The Great.”
DC’s troubles continue as ‘Aquaman 2’ and ‘Shazam! 2’ shift dates
Surprising only a few, ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ and ‘Shazam!: Fury of the Gods will land in theaters later than planned. Per a Variety report, Warner Bros. announced a slew of release date changes on Wednesday, pushing the ‘Aquaman’ follow-up from March 17, 2023 to Dec. 25, 2023.
The ‘Shazam!’ sequel will open on the date previously occupied by Jason Momoa’s undersea hero. The story about Zachary Levi’s Billy Batson was originally set for Dec. 21, 2022. This means ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ will debut a few days after Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ spinoff ‘Rogue Squadron’ (Dec. 23, 2023).
Meanwhile, ‘Shazam!: Fury of the Gods’, initially set to face off against James Cameron’s ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’, is now top dog over its new opening weekend.