The Conjuring director James Wan is making his first foray into superhero movies this month with Aquaman. But long before he dove under the sea with Jason Momoa, Wan hoped to make a completely different superhero picture: a Blade reboot.
Wan revealed his hopes to reboot Blade in a recent interview, but also clarified that this happened so long ago he can’t really remember what the idea was.
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We all want to see Wesley Snipes play Blade again, right? That’s a foregone conclusion? Well, we might get our wish. Snipes is teasing multiple projects that might see him returning to the role of everyone’s favorite Daywalker. What could they be? Blade 4? TV shows for Netflix? Snipes is vague on the specifics, but at least we can take solace in the fact that these projects are probably happening. Maybe.
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(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Black Panther.)
When Gone with the Wind premiered in 1939 in Atlanta, one of its stars wasn’t allowed to attend because Georgia law at the time prevented black people from entering whites-only movie theaters. Two months after being barred from seeing the launch of her own movie, Hattie McDaniel became the first black Oscar winner, accepting the award in a whites-only hotel in Los Angeles, allowed in the building only because David O. Selznick was powerful enough to ask a favor.
Gone with the Wind is the highest-grossing movie of all time adjusted for inflation. By every definition it is a blockbuster. Its depictions, its compromises of its own artists, and its legacy are all important background to consider now that, a little over 78 years later, Black Panther is about to roar onto screens.
No, Black Panther isn’t the first black superhero movie. No, it’s not the first blockbuster with a black director. But the sheer scope of its cast (including multiple Oscar winners who thankfully didn’t need favors to get into the room where they hoisted their statues) and the massive, mainstream cultural cache that comes with any Marvel movie make Black Panther an event on another level.
78 years between the two. Something to think about while we consider some other movies to double feature alongside T’Challa’s first solo adventure.
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Black Panther has been getting all sorts of praise as the film hits theaters everywhere with sneak preview screenings tonight. But let us not forget the first Marvel franchise that not only featured a black superhero in the lead, but also boasted an R-rating across three films and introduced us to a simultaneously badass and smart ass Ryan Reynolds long before Deadpool was a possibility.
The Blade trilogy probably has more lows than highs, but it still deserves credit for paving the way for Black Panther, even if the Marvel Cinematic Universe preceding it has done most of the heavy lifting in recent years. Honest Trailers gives credit where credit is due while also mocking the worse parts of the series, including some of the lamest vampires we’ve ever seen.
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