HBO Max adds Marvel Classic to its lineup
HBO Max has added a new superhero movie to its lineup, but although Warner Bros. either the parent company of DC, this time it is an adaptation of Marvel Comics. Blade, the 1998 adaptation of Marvel’s Vampire Hunter, lurks in HBO Max’s newcomer roster just in time for Halloween. The timing is pretty perfect for HBO Max, as Blade has been all the rage on Twitter recently, with fans attributing the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and comic book movies as a whole to the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Dorff and Donal Logue, among others.
Created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan as a supporting character in Dracula’s tomb, Blade is a half-human, half-vampire action hero who fights a one-man war against vampires. The film was directed by Stephen Norrington from a screenplay by David S. Goyer and grossed over $ 400 million at the box office.
HBO Max can use the boost of Blade, as they’re losing a number of popular horror movies tonight, before Halloween next month. They host a Scoobtober event, using their Scooby-Doo library to set up child-sized ghosts throughout the month. At the time of its release, Blade was Marvel’s first successful theatrical release, following flops like Howard the duck and The punisher, and previous mega-hits like Spider Man and X Men. It also has the distinction of being one of the only 20th century superhero movies to have been successful without a leading character like Superman or Batman in the lead role.
Snipes would go on to make two more sequels, directed by Goyer and Guillermo del Toro. He has expressed interest in reprising the role or playing a role in the property’s upcoming reboot, which is set to star Mahershala Ali.
In Blade, half-mortal, half-immortal wants to avenge the death of his mother and rid the world of vampires. The modern, state-of-the-art vampires he pursues are on the hunt for his special blood type needed to summon an evil god who plays a key role in their plan to execute the human race.
You can watch the movie on HBO Max.