Actor Stephen Dorff has a unique place in the history of Marvel. Blade pretty much started the initial comic book movie re-birth. Batman And Robin killed the genre stone dead, but Blade proved that you could make movies based on comic books more adult, and that following the source material, instead of being embarrassed by it, would get a positive audience response.

Blade opened the floodgates to X-Men, Spider-Man, even Nolan’s Batman Begins. Marvel’s lack of quality control via sold-off rights nearly killed the genre again (remember Elektra?) before Iron Man showed the way.


Dorff was the villain in Blade. The bad guy that, arguably, started it all. He’s already laid into Marvel once. Talking about Black Widow on its release, he said:

“It looks like garbage to me. It looks like a bad video game. I’m embarrassed for those people. I’m embarrassed for Scarlett.”

Now, in an interview with The Daily Beast. he has gone further, swinging at pretty much all modern superhero movies. Would he star in them today?

“[If they] were more like when I started when we made ‘Blade,’ or the few that have been decent over the years, like when Nolan did ‘The Dark Knight’ and reinvented Batman from Tim Burton.

All this other garbage is just embarrassing, you know what I mean? I mean, God bless them, they’re making a bunch of money, but their movies suck [laughs]. And nobody’s going to remember them. Nobody’s remembering ‘Black Adam’ at the end of the day. I didn’t even see that movie, it looked so bad.”

What about the new Blade, that has been troubled and lost a director with Yann Demange taking over just as production was due to start?

“Marvel is used to me trashing them anyway. How’s that PG ‘Blade’ movie going for you, that can’t get a director? [laughs] Because anybody who goes there is going to be laughed at by everyone, because we already did it and made it the best. There’s no Steve Norrington out there.”

Dorff was at Sundance promoting the sci-fi/horror feature Divinity. He co-stars with Scott Bakula and is a deranged scientist intent on completing his father’s quest to achieve eternal life. Steven Soderbergh is executive producer.

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