Tarantino On Comic Book Movies

Posted by WhenYourGodGivesYouLemons On 11:18 PM

Quentin Tarantino, one of the most creative and imaginative directors of our time, has long been the focus of studios looking to set up a mainstream tentpole franchise. Over the years he has been offered numerous projects and in the wake of DC's Green Lantern project finally getting off the ground Tarantino has broken his silence about his connection to the project.

"I was offered the 'Green Lantern,' " Tarantino told MTV News. "Not since it's been a script, but just like, 'Hey we own the 'Green Lantern.' Would you like it?'"

Obviously he denied the chance to direct the project which is now being helmed by Martin Campbell and will star Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan aka The Green Lantern. The idea that Tarantino would be interested in helming a comic book film is not too farfetched. In the MTV interview he elaborates on his earlier life, during his 20s, and at that stage, while he worked at a video store, comic book movie were the only thing he wanted to see, 

"there's a little part of me that's like, 'Wow, if I was in my 20s, this would be the genre I'd want to specialize in, but they weren't making them then, or at least not the right ones. But there also is an aspect where I've kind of outgrown that a little bit."
That comment about outgrowing comic book movies does not spell the end for a possible Tarantino comic book film. On the contrary he goes on to say that while he is now in his 40s and the idea of developing an already established franchise is less appealing than in his younger days due to having "to fight with geeks' memories of how this character should be and, 'Oh, I cast an actor as opposed to a bodybuilder' or it's not as good as the way [DC Comics artist] Neal Adams drew him,'" the idea of a superhero movie still interests him. Tarantino says "It wouldn't be an existing comic book character," because he's a writer and would want to use his own imagination so he could "have the fun of coming up with the superhero myself."

I think a Tarantino created superhero and corresponding supervillain would be amazing. He has already given us so many memorable characters like Bill, The Bride, Aldo Raine, Mr Blonde and Col Hans Landa proving he has a knack for character creation. Then think of a memorable character like that with freaking super powers or at least some mad skills. Plus it would probably be the most violent and darkest super hero film, giving us something decidedly adult along the lines of Sin City which would be a nice change from the tentpole hero pics which are trying to cater to the biggest audience possible (The Dark Knight being the exclusion here). Once again this is just an idea, Tarantino musing on past offers, but to me it sounds like a very cool idea and certainly one that he should explore a little bit more.   



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