In a recent interview with MTV, Quentin Tarantino was asked if he’d ever been offered a comic-book franchise. He revealed that one time, back in the day, presumably after a lengthy coke binge (haha, just kidding, clearly a guy who looks like this would never do cocaine), he was offered the Green Lantern.
“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?'”
Tarantino said there was a time in his 20s, while working at a video store, when all he wanted to see were comic book movies. “So 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,” he said. “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.”
Now that he’s in his 40s and has been making features since 1992’s “Reservoir Dogs,” the director says he’s no longer open to adapting any previously established franchise. What does get his creative juices flowing is the idea of exploring completely new superheroes and storylines.
“It wouldn’t be an existing comic book character,” he said. “I’m a writer. I’d want to use my imagination and not have 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.’ If I were to do something like that, I would want the fun of coming up with the superhero myself.”
It’s hard to imagine these days, when Ridley Scott entertains offers to direct a Monopoly movie and the studios can get respectable writers to work on Bazooka Joe, but it’s nice to know that once upon a time, “Hey, you just wrote and directed the most influential film of the 90s, you wanna do this movie about a magic ring?” was an unreasonable request. The only superhero movie I want to see is the one about Bruce Greenwood, the hero created by God himself. That horse feels so inadequate right now.
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