Come this August, it’ll have been about 20 years since Wesley Snapes became The Daywalker in 1998 with the first Blade film and since then, Snipes has pretty much embodied the character. Not to mention that the film’s interpretation of the character was a bit of a reinvention, and to be honest, the character needed it. Given how positively audiences have responded to Wesley Snipes’ portrayal, that seems to be all for the best. However, it almost wasn’t.
With Blade turning 20 years old, Wesley Snipes, along with the film’s writer, David S. Goyer, helped celebrate the anniversary this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, where it was revealed that, at one point, Blade was almost whitewashed. Now, that didn’t end up being the case, but Wesley Snipes had quite the reaction to that revelation:
“I wasn’t aware that that was part of the history. Can you imagine the creative individual who thought of that?”
Wesley Snipes was then asked how a white Blade would have possibly turned out, and he noted that the portrayal probably wouldn’t have been as cool as his. I tend to agree with that. Who is to say if even a Marvel Cinematic Universe portrayal of The Daywalker would turn out as as cool as Wesley Snipes’ portrayal?
With that in mind, what do you think a whitewashed version of Blade would have been like? If Blade were to ever appear again on-screen, would you want to see Wesley Snipes return to the role? Let us know in the comments below.
Blade was written by David Goyer and directed by Stephen Norrington. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Donal Logue, Kris Kristofferson and N’Bushe Wright. The film is available now on Blu-Ray and DVD.
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