Even as Marvel fans settle in today to binge-watch Netflix’s “Luke Cage,” we’re reminded that the superhero could’ve taken a very different path from page to screen.
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who last year revealed he considered making a “Luke Cage” movie before deciding instead on “Pulp Fiction,” was asked what he wants to see from the Netflix series. His answer may provide a clue as to how he would’ve approached Power Man.
“Well, frankly, to tell you the truth, I might be one of the pains in their asses because I love the way the character was presented so much in the ’70s,” Tarantino told Yahoo! Movies. “I’m not really that open to a rethinking on who he was. I just think that first issue, that origin issue … was so good, and it was really Marvel’s attempt to try to do a blacksploitation movie vibe as one of their superhero comics. And I thought they nailed it. Absolutely nailed it. So, just take that Issue 1 and put it in script form and do that.”
An avowed Luke Cage fan, Tarantino previously said he was talked out of the movie by some of his comics-l0ving friends.
“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,” he said in December. “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.’ 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.”
Starring Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Frank Whaley and Sônia Braga, “Luke Cage” is available now on Netflix.
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