Wesley Snipes Comments On Mahershala Ali’s Blade Casting: “Imitation Is The Best Form Of Flattery”

Former Blade actor Wesley Snipes has commented on Marvel Studios’ casting of Mahershala Ali in the role for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While promoting his new film Dolemite Is My Name, Wesley Snipes revealed that he has nothing but respect for Mahershala Ali and is honored to see that Blade is returning to the big screen even if he isn’t reprising his role:

“People are very, very sneaky and they try to make it about the actors. And it’s not about me and him. You know, I’m happy for him to be considered. I’m happy for him for them to be looking at him… Imitation is the best form of flattery. It’s something that he’s acknowledged that he wanted to do, and his family wanted to do it. So, I’m appreciative of getting the love and I created something that others want to carry on and maybe put their own stamp on it.”

Following the announcement of his casting as Blade, Mahershala Ali expressed his gratitude for Wesley Snipes’ portrayal of the character in an Instagram post.

For quite some time, Wesley Snipes was campaigning to reprise his role as Eric Brooks in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Wesley Snipes played the character in a trilogy of films: Blade, Blade II and Blade: Trinity. 

However, Marvel Studios opted to reboot the Blade character, so during their Phase 4 presentation at San Diego Comic-Con in July, Kevin Feige brought out Mahershala Ali on stage to announce that the two-time Academy Award winner will be replacing Wesley Snipes in a new Blade movie in the MCU.

Details on Mahershala Ali’s Blade remain under wraps, but Kevin Feige has confirmed the reboot won’t be part of Marvel Studios’ Phase 4. The new Blade project is said to have come about after Mahershala Ali called Marvel Studios expressing his desire to play the character following his second Academy Award win for his performance in Green Book.

What do you make of this new image of Mahershala Ali as Eric Brooks? Are you excited to see him take over the role from Wesley Snipes? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news regarding the new reboot and the future of the MCU both on the big screen as well as on the small screen with their new series set to be available exclusively on Disney+.

Source: AP Entertainment

DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters

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Doom PatrolAlong with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.

In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.

You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".

Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.

Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.

Here is the synopsis for the show:

“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”

Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.

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