Didn’t see this one coming.
But DC Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, director/writer Quentin Tarantino and comic writer Matt Wagner are joining forces to create a Zorro-Django cross-over comic. Dynamite put out a fantastic Zorro comic series a few years back. Apparently this comic is going to be a prequel to Django: Unchained.
“I’m very very excited about both this story and the opportunity to work with Matt. It was reading his Zorro stories that convinced me what a good idea it was to join these two icons together. And the story idea we came up with is thrilling, and I think will be an exciting new chapter for both characters.” – Quentin Tarantino
“This project is an absolute thrill,” adds writer Matt Wagner. “When Quentin and I first met, it felt like we’d known each other for years. The give-and-take energy of our initial story sessions was just incredible! It’s a particular buzz to be writing Zorro once again…and especially to team him up with the magnetic lead character from Quentin’s most straight-up heroic movie, Django Unchained! The Wild West is never gonna be the same once these two come to town!”
“In previous adventures, Zorro’s rich history has teamed him up with the Shadow and with the Lone Ranger, as well as many other iconic characters,” said John Gertz, CEO of Zorro Productions, Inc., “But this will be his greatest meeting yet! Django and Zorro are the perfect team, and so are Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner. It is an honor for us to work with these two masters of their craft.”
I’m all for more Zorro anything, but kinda bummed that Quentin Tarantino will have his claws in this project. I’ve never been a big fan of Tarantino’s work and not sure if his style of copious blood splatters and cursing really fits in the Zorro universe. Really though, I just don’t like Tarantino and don’t want him anywhere near my favorite characters. I’ll probably will give this series a shot anyways (at leas the first issue or two) and just hope Tarantino’s is there really in name only.
Quasi-related: Recently news broke about a gritty film reboot of Zorro. I’m praying this isn’t related.
Zorro/Django is expected to start publishing in the latter half of 2014.