Blade was adapted into a trilogy of movies. All three movies star Wesley Snipes as Blade and Kris Kristofferson as Whistler. In addition to the movies there was a spinoff TV show titled, creatively, Blade: The Series. The first film helped usher in the current era of consistently well-done comic book films, coming earlier than X-Men or Spider-Man. As part of a four series deal between Marvel and Madhouse (the others being X-Men, Wolverine, and Iron Man), he currently stars in his own anime, which premiered on July 1st, 2011.