Quentin Tarantino Could Have Directed Green Lantern
12.04.09 by BJSprecher
In a recent interview with MTV, Quentin Tarantino said that one of the inspirations for his latest film, Inglourious Basterds, was the Marvel Comics series Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos. With that in mind, the similarities between the two become evident, if only on the surface: Both Tarantino's movie and the Marvel comic feature elite soldiers fighting the Nazis behind enemy lines during WWII. Apparently, that's not Tarantino's only connection to comic books and comic book movies.
In a newly released excerpt of the MTV interview, Tarantino admitted to having been "a big comic book fan" in his 20s and said that he could have directed a movie based on a popular DC Comics character.
I was offered the Green Lantern. Not since it's been a script, but just like, "Hey we own the Green Lantern. Would you like it?"
Tarantino said that he has "kind of outgrown" his interest in comic books, and that if he were to direct a comic book movie it would not be based on an existing character.
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.
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are currently in pre-production on Green Lantern, with Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) attached to direct. Actor Ryan Reynolds will portray Hal Jordan, a fearless experimental test pilot chosen to wield the power ring of the the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps.