Quentin Tarantino is a director best known for his work which is original and very unique. That said, it may come as a surprise to hear that he once considered directing a Luke Cage movie.
"One of the things I wanted to do before Pulp Fiction to some degree or another…one of the outside projects that I considered doing was doing a Luke Cage movie," Tarantino told Nerdist.
Pulp Fiction came out in 1994. The only comic book movies happening back then were Michael Keaton's Batmans and 1994's Fantastic Four. It was before X-Men, The Avengers, Spider-Man, and even Blade.
"In the case of Luke Cage, it was my comic geek friends that almost talked me out of it, because I thought Larry Fishburne back in the day would’ve been a great Luke Cage, and they were talking about Wesley Snipes," Tarantino went on. "And I could see them both, but it was like ‘I think Fish would be better.’ And they go ‘Yeah…he could work out and everything, but he doesn’t have the bod that Wesley Snipes has, and Luke Cage needs to have the bod.’"
So, pre-Blade and The Matrix, Tarantino and his buddies were eyeing Laurence Fishburne and Wesley Snipes as Luke Cage. I think it's safe to say all of our lives would be different if either of those were realized.
"And I literally was so turned off that that would be their both starting and ending point, that it literally put it in my head that, if I do a comic book movie, it should be an original character. It should be something I create rather than try to fit in."
The idea of Tarantino creating his own super hero could be fun but only if you're over the age of 17. The director's reputation for brutal violence lives up to expectations in his eighth film, The Hateful Eight, which hits theaters on Christmas.
Would you like to see Quentin Tarantino take on a super hero film (or maybe just a climactic, crazy, violent episode of Luke Cage on Netflix)?