Long before he took charge over the King of the Seven Seas in Aquaman, director James Wan had his eye on an entirely different hero—Blade, Marvel's biggest vampire slayer.
In a recent interview, Wan recalled, "Years back, a couple of years back, I think it was right after The Conjuring that I went into a particular studio and told them ‘Hey, I’m a big fan of Blade. Would you guys be interested in rebooting Blade?’"
As Wan told the Happy Sad Confused podcast, those talks went nowhere. Wan went on to continue looking at other potential comic book properties, eventually coming aboard Warner Bros. and DC's Aquaman back in 2015.
It's of note that the conversation between Wan and Marvel wasn't the usual pitch meeting. Wan didn't have a presentation, and it was more or less just to talk about the potential that lay with rebooting the Blade franchise.
Wan can't even remember what his idea was. "I've don a lot since then, so I can't quite remember what I had thought of," he said. "But I did like it at the time."
Marvel's plans for Blade have been rather unclear over the years. While Marvel Studios never officially confirmed plans were underway to bring the vampire hunter to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kevin Feige did suggest there was the potential to bring the character into the ever-growing universe "someday."
Even though it's been 14 years since he's suited up as Blade, actor Wesley Snipes has said that he may return to the role and has been talking to Marvel about a few possibilities.
Unfortunately, it's doubtful we'll get to see a Wan directed Blade anytime soon, especially if he signs on for any Aquaman sequels, but Snipes' comments may suggest some movement is finally taking place on a potential reboot.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna. The film opens on Dec. 21.