In less than 24 hours, we will be experiencing season 1 of Luke Cage, after months of waiting for the show to premiere. The Marvel TV Universe is expanding, with Luke Cage being the third solo superhero show under their belt. While the superhero renaissance began with Iron Man, people have always loved superhero movies, and we have movies featuring some favorites, from Batman to the Fantastic Four. Even Quentin Tarantino had a desire to make one, with Luke Cage as his preferred hero.
“I had even considered, after Reservoir Dogs, doing a Luke Cage movie. But I ended up doing Pulp Fiction instead. So I think I might have made the right choice.”
While you can’t really argue with his decision, it would be kind of cool to see Tarantino’s take on the bullet-proof superhero. He told Yahoo in an interview that he was excited for the live action portrayal, and also listed his hopes for the show.
“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, 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.”
Looking back at the films he’s directed, you can tell that all of his films have some sort of inspiration coming from the themes that were seen in the original Luke Cage comics. Characters like Wallace from Pulp Fiction, and Django from Django Unchained, (who is a ‘hero for hire’ in his own right), seem to callback to the Marvel character. It also looks like Tarantino is a comic book aficionado, and also recommended to read the issues from “The Luke Cage: Hero for Hire era … that’s the era”.
Would you have rather seen a Quentin Tarantino version of Luke Cage back in 1994, or are you happy he decided to do Pulp Fiction? I for one am glad that I have Pulp Fiction and Luke Cage tomorrow to watch. Let us know if you agree or not in the comments below, or on Twitter or Instagram!
Luke Cage season 1 will arrive tomorrow on September 30th, 2016.