Sometimes change can be confusing.
The upcoming reboot of the Wesley Snipes-led 1998 vampire flick Blade has an official title, according to a report on Screen Rant, but the reason behind it is still a mystery.
The film–starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali–is now called The Blade. No reason was immediately forthcoming, but the change is puzzling. Did the filmmakers simply want to differentiate the reboot from the original? Did they want to tease that the movie will highlight the Daywalker’s preferred weapon?
After all, it’s not like calling Batman The Batman. Bruce Wayne’s alter ego was originally called The Batman, so that wasn’t a change at all, but a return to the Dark Knight’s roots. Stay tuned for any reason that may be offered before the reboot hits theaters Nov. 3, 2023.
The Blade–expected to start shooting in October–also stars Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre, and is directed by Bassam Tariq from a screenplay by Stacy Osei-Kuffour.
No plot details have surfaced, but the basic storyline is expected to follow Eric Cross–a half-human, half-vampire hybrid–who has “honed his abilities to hunt down the undead.” Blade has spent his long life “seeking to rid the world of vampires like the one who killed his mother.”
The Marvel Comics Blade character–created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan–debuted in The Tomb of Dracula No. 10 way back in 1973.
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