Why I’m Glad Quentin Tarantino Walked Away From The Superhero Genre


The Los Angeles Times interviewed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who now says he’d rather not direct a Marvel/DC adaptation. On the way, he said to them:

When asked if there were any movies he maybe shouldn’t have seen as a kid, Tarantino recalls asking to leave the theater during “Bambi” after Bambi’s mother was shot and the forest fire started.

“I think ‘Bambi’ is notorious for traumatizing children“, says Tarantino. “It’s a cliché, but it’s true. The only other movie I couldn’t handle and had to leave was at a drive-in in Tennessee. I was there alone, sitting on the gravel next to a loudspeaker, watch “The Last House on the Left” by Wes Craven. So to me, ‘Last House on the Left’ and ‘Bambi’ are sitting on the shelf f— right next to each other.” He’s laughing. “Both take place in the woods, and both made me say, ‘I gotta get out of here! “”

That’s pretty weird coming from someone whose diary let us know earlier has a whole collection of horror thrillers in their personal library, including The Sentinel circa 1977. And someone who made up a torture scene in reservoir dogs who would have prompted Last house on the leftthe late director, Craven, to step out of a screening. Bambi may have traumatized children (I vaguely remember my own mother once admitting that she found that part unbearable when she saw it as a child), but while Tarantino’s crime dramas may be more for adults, which is to say they aren’t traumatic in any other way, when you take their chaos into consideration?

The films in “Cinema Speculation” have quite a few gory moments, as you’d expect from the filmmaker who created ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’, ‘Kill Bill’ … I could keep going through the filmography, but you understand. But there are also – and this is also true for his work – a lot of joking out loud. Tarantino calls them “sneaky little asides out of the corner of the mouth,” and they usually come in parentheses, like when he thinks about it, just as anti-establishment writers of the ’60s rejoiced when musical studio adaptations fell through. disgrace, today’s filmmakers “can’t wait for the day when they can say that about superhero movies.”

“The analogy works because it’s a similar choke,” Tarantino says.

But when can we expect the tide to turn? “The writing isn’t quite on the wall yet,” he says, “like it was in 1969 when it was, ‘Oh, my God, we just put a lot of money in things no one cares about anymore.'”

And yet, so many authors have made superhero films. I ask him why he never raised his hand for a Marvel or DC Comics movie, even though I know the answer. Sometimes it’s just fun to hear him say it.

“You have to be a henchman to do these things,” said Tarantino. “I am not a mercenary. I am not looking for a job.

Which is totally fine, because Disney probably wouldn’t give him the creative freedom to do much of an awesome thing (and creative freedom has become pretty much extinct in the mainstream these days), and at the same time , his style is far too violent, as the interview shows. But The Cinema Spot argues that he’s a bit of a hypocrite, and the information they provide seems to suggest they’re right:

In his youth, Tarantino was a passionate jerk. He loved Saturday morning cartoons, loved action figures and collected comic books. He shared with Amy Schumer’s “3 Girls, 1 Keith” podcast that his favorites were Luke Cage: Hero for Hire and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung-Fu. This iconoclastic fascination led him straight to Hollywood to become one of the most prolific screen storytellers. But he was still a jerk.

He even tried to make a movie about Luke Cage when his star was at supernova status but was unceremoniously denied the opportunity. Why? “My comic book geek friends talked me out of it..” Wait what?! He let someone talk him out of something? It must have been one hell of a persuasive debate.

Thing is, Quentin Tarantino likes cheesy things, so when he recently sat down with the Los Angeles Times to talk about the comic book movie genre…yeah. Uh, much moralizing?

People age and opinions change, but it’s elitist babble. Like no one will hit the rewind button on Interwebz and find a few things the edgy director said on the subject.. […]

Yes, it’s certainly silly of Tarantino to obscure past information. But even if he does make a superhero movie tomorrow, I won’t be in the theater, and if I do see him, I’d rather it just be on video. Guy’s movies already made are in such questionable taste, like reservoir dogs clarifies, and therefore, who knows what kind of vision he would apply to a superhero adaptation, if he were entitled to a specific lineup? And remembering that much of Hollywood has its own issues with hypocrisy, what if they didn’t allow Tarantino to script sex scenes, but allowed a longer reach with jarring violence? I prefer not to think about what the finished product would be.

There were two Richard Roundtree remakes Tree who fell victim to this PC direction, and the Marvel/DC adaptations have already proven themselves vulnerable in the same way. A comedy movie directed by Tarantino isn’t what we need either.

Originally published here.


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