Blade was the movie that kicked off the rebirth of the superhero movie. It proved that non comic book fans would flock to the theaters if a superhero movie featured an interesting character and non-stop action. This was also the movie that reignited my interest in superhero comics.
I remember thinking, back in 1998, how cool it was that a supporting character that I dug as a kid was now the star of a big budget flick. Although I'm not a huge fan of the Blade trilogy, I give the filmmakers props for making a little known character a huge mainstream success. I would have prefered a little more supense and mystery rather than the over the top action scenes and special effects.