I just rewatched my Blade DVD for the first time in ages, it's a fun throwback to 90's comic book films when they started to rebound following the abomination that was Batman & Robin. The opening action scene still holds up great to this day and I loved the dynamic between Blade and Whistler in this one. I feel they had better chemistry in the first movie than in Blade II, which I also loved. And I especially love Wesley Snipes' "motherf*cker's trying to ice skate uphill" line at the end, always a zinger.
Oh and it actually did a black superhero justice, unlike the godawful Spawn movie that came out a year earlier. Who would've thought an adaptation of the hottest-selling comic at the time would be complete ish and a no-name property like Blade would actually be good and usher in the CBM heyday we see today? Ironically, New Line did both films.