From Downworld to Reality is a THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONESmovie blog that chronicles the film-making process from a fan’s perspective
I know most of you Shadowhunters already know that there will be no Raphael Santiago in the City of Bones movie. This came as a shocker to me. I realize that once you sign over your movie rights, decisions about how to adapt your books will be made without you.
A new character was introduced, Vampire Lieutenant, played by Elyas M’Barek. I guess he’ll be substituting Raphael in the first film. I don’t have a problem with small changes, I just think Raphael should take part in the City of Bones. Cassandra Clare recently stated that there wasn’t enough space to properly introduce him. Personally, I’d watch the movie even if it was four hours long.
There are many of you that would agree with me and many others that are okay with the situation.
As we all know, Raphael plays a bigger role in the rest of the series. I know Raphael isn’t the vampire that finds Simon after Magnus’s party, but he does encounter Clary and Jace at the Hotel Dumort. He even fools them into thinking he’s a mundane.
The battle at the Hotel Dumort is very important to me, because that is where Simon ends up biting Raphael and drinking some of his blood, which turns him into a vampire.
I know Raphael’s role in the City of Bones isn’t crucial because Simon’s condition isn’t known until City of Ashes, but these small details are what makes The Mortal Instruments so great.