Wesley Snipes took some time out of his busy schedule of promoting The Expendables 3 and evading his income taxes to talk to The Telegraph about his thoughts on superhero movies. Snipes, of course, played Blade in the movie trilogy that was one of the first big successes for Marvel, though it was made before the company had its own studio. Here's what he had to say:
You know, if I would have understood the potential of… doing, or adapting comic book characters to feature films, and also the tie-in to gaming and digital technology, when I was doing the first Blade films, then I’d be in a different business right now. I’d be in a whole different ball game.
I mean, look at Marvel now, to this day. It’s a megalith! More and more people are recognising the contribution that Blade made to this resurgence, or this model, this new business. At the time when Blade was offered to me, my management and my agents all thought I was out of my mind for doing it. They told me, ‘You know, you’re a classically trained actor. Why would you want to even play a vampire from a comic book?’ I was, ‘Everything you’re saying is right, but here’s the thing – I’ve never seen a movie like this.’
To hear Snipes tell it, Marvel owes a lot to him. After all, he helped convince Robert Downey Jr. to play Iron Man, or, at least he would have if he'd answered the phone when Downey called:
I remember he actually called me, but I didn’t return the phone call at the time. Robert was concerned before Iron Man and was trying to find out what it’s like to play this comic book character, because I had already done Blade. Not to say that… OK, I’ll take all the credit for his success as Iron Man…
He later added that a fourth Blade movie was very much a possibility, and said he'd like to work with Blade 2 director Guillermo Del Toro again. Snipes also had some choice words for Blade: Trinity, the widely reviled threequel directed by DC Comics movie mogul manchild mastermind, David Goyer. Snipes famously sued the production, claiming he was ripped off for part of his salary and squeezed out of screen time in favor of Ryan Reynolds, who would later go to stink up other superhero movies like Wolverine: Origins and Green Lantern, as well as Jessica Biel.
I wouldn’t call it a disappointment. More of an expectation. Bad ingredients going in, bad cake coming out. If you’ve got sour milk going in your cake, you’re going to get sour cake.
Sour milk. That may be the nicets thing anyone has ever said about Goyer!
Snipes' The Expendables 3 will be in theaters this weekend, and hopefully it will dethrone the godawful Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.