Luke Cage is a character whose name got tossed around for years as possibly getting the live action treatment. Movies, TV, The Rock, Terry Crews, so many possibilities were discussed. Now, we have him on Netflix and he’s great but a greater version almost happened.
Talking on the Nerdist podcast, none other than Quentin Tarantino revealed that after he did Reservoir Dogs, he considered doing a Luke Cage movie. Then he wrote a little movie called Pulp Fiction. He said this around 33 minutes in:
It was my comic-geek friends that almost talked me out of it. I thought Larry Fishburne back in the day would have been a great Luke Cage, and they were talking about Wesley Snipes. I could see them both, but it was like, Ah, I think Fish would be better. And they’d 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. And I literally was so turned off that that would be both their starting and ending point that — I don’t know if I’m ever going to do it — but it literally put it in my head that if I do a comic-book movie, it should be an original character.
If this vaguely rings a bell, it’s because Tarantino has talked about it before, back when he was promoting Django Unchained. But the details of his struggle and casting are fresh, especially now that a Luke Cage TV show is in production.
However, it’s that last part that really sounds exciting. I’m fine with Quentin Tarantino not making a movie based on someone else’s creation. But I’m all for him creating his own superhero. One could argue The Bride fills the [Kill] bill and look how amazing that turned out. Being bold and original absolutely sounds like the way to go with this.
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