We’re all curious what the fate of Marvel Television’s presence at Netflix once the dust settles as a bulk of the shows have been canceled (Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist).
Jon Bernthal’s Punisher is certainly a character we hope lives on if that’s on another season at Netflix or some other incarnation. Frank Castle along with Blade are stark contrasts to their PG-13 Marvel Cinematic Universe counterparts and I hope to see both those characters live one in some form in the near future.
ComicBook was able to speak with Punisher showrunner Steve Lightfoot and asked him if he would ever want to tackle a Blade TV series. Revealing a potential interest in making a series about the Daywalker.
“I think, again, this is just me, I have zero idea where any of these things are, but I’m a big Blade fan,” Lightfoot reflects. “I would always be excited to see that one done for TV, I think you could do an amazing television version of that.”
Blade’s mother was bitten by Deacon Frost when pregnant seemingly dying in childbirth leaving Eric Brooks (later nicknamed Blade) to fend for himself until he’s taken in by Whistler, a grizzled vampire hunter that teaches Blade to hunt and kill vampires that have embedded themselves into human politics/high-society.
There have been varying reports concerning the future of Blade, there had been rumblings of Blade actually going to Netflix at one time and even new film script treatment had been reported being written in-house at Marvel Studios years back once the film rights reverted from New Line Cinema.
I think a Blade series could work, but the example we can draw upon is the SpikeTV series from Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer, which was a big mess. It might be best to stick with action films since we’re in the era of John Wick and Deadpool, where he could make a revival of sorts as people are now willing to sell-out box office dollars to support R-rated movies again. Also, Marvel’s fate at Netflix seems like it’s coming to end and an R-rated series won’t be flying at their family-friendly streaming service Disney+.
Wesley Snipes has been quoted multiple times of having talks with Marvel about Blade, but nothing has been officially revealed about the studio’s plans for what Kevin Feige calls a “legacy character”.
I’m sure we’ll eventually get something with Blade sooner rather than later.
SOURCE: COMIC BOOK