Wesley Snipes, the Blades' lead explain why he chose to play the Daywalker years ago

Wesley Snipes, the Blades' lead explain why he chose to play the Daywalker years ago ...

Mahershala Ali is set to make his MCU debut as Blade, but generations of Blade enthusiasts still appreciate Wesley Snipes' portrayal of the beloved Daywalker from the 1990s. After making a splash and changing Hollywoods opinion on superhero films, Snipes explained why he took on the role of the Daywalker years ago.

With the success of the first two films, the Blade actor had an impact on the superhero genre. While many Marvel enthusiasts cant imagine the half-vampire without seeing Wesley Snipes, the action film veteran didnt see the Daywalker franchise becoming the universal cult classic it is today. Snipes stated that when he first took on the role of Blade, he was just doing it for his friends who loved action films and martial arts.

It's amazing. My main motivation for doing the first Blade project was to have fun and to do something that my homeboys and homegirls would absolutely love. The ones from the martial arts world, the ones from the Shaft world, and those who love Kung-fu and all that [Laughs].

Wesley Snipes didn't know that the first Blade film would be a hit with a niche audience until 1998. Even before that, the 60-year-old actor knew the film was special for a niche audience. Snipes continued:

We knew that this would appeal to a small segment of the population, but I had no clue that it would be broadening its appeal. However, it was a good lesson. A lot of things we didnt anticipate because we didnt have the technical tools at the time, but we now have them. Its a great time for us, and Im ecstatic about the possibility of doing some of the things we had previously imagined with the tools we now have on [The Exiled].

The Demolition Man actor learned from his Blade experience that not to underestimate a property's full potential. With his current comic book property The Exiled, it appears Snipes hasnt limited the possibilities for the new venture.

After the first Blade became a box office hit, Wesley Snipes began directing the never-produced Blade 4. The film was reimagined after years of rehearsals. The scripts have remained in his possession.

Snipes has nothing but admiration for Mahershala Ali as he adapts the Daywalker character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Upon receiving his advice and encouraging words, Ali spoke about What Wesley Snipes referring to him taking on the Blade mantle meant to him. He felt humbled and encouraged by Snipes' words.

Wesley Snipes' career is still growing, including Back on the Strip, as part of Marvel's official Phase 5 lineup. When Blade arrives in cinemas on November 3, 2023, it will be available on several platforms.