It’s always interesting to hear who they had planned to play certain roles we associate with certain actors, and ponder on what a movie would be like if they got a different director. Usually we don’t ponder until after the movie is made and the image has been established in pop culture.
Well what if Quentin Tarantino was directing Green Lantern? It almost happened.
MTV Splash shares:
During our interview, the filmmaker also divulged that he was once offered the chance to direct a big screen adaptation of an iconic DC Comics superhero.
“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 declined the opportunity and “Lantern” joined the list of other franchises, like “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” that he was offered but never ended up taking on. “Green Lantern,” of course, is now being helmed by Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”) and will star Ryan Reynolds.
I find it interesting that Tarantino was considered for Lantern, but I don’t know that I would be happy if that actually happened.
I don’t hate Tarantino, but I find him very hit or miss. He is an acquired taste and very much “not for everyone” kind of film maker. But a fit for Green Lantern? I just don’t see it.
He does mention that he is a Comic Book nerd and drew inspiration for Inglorious Basterds from Sgt Fury and Howling Commandos. And he is interested in doing a superhero film, but not an existing property. Tarantino himself says:
“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.”
Now THAT I would be curious to see from Tarantino.