Well here’s a project you didn’t expect to see: Quentin Tarantino’s firebrand Django is teaming up with Zorro for an adventure co-plotted by Matt Wagner and Tarantino, with Wagner penning the tale The project is a joint Dynamite/DC production with Reggie Hudlin, who wrote the DC Comics adaptation of Django Unchained, editing the project.
“I’m very very excited about both this story and the opportunity to work with Matt,” said Tarantino in a statement. “It was reading his Zorrostories 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.”
“This project is an absolute thrill,” said writer 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!”
According to Hudlin this is the first time Tarantino has allowed a comics continuation of one of his films. Tarantino is a long time comics-admirer and collector, however, and his films are full of comics references, such as the “Superman/Clark Kent” metaphor at the end of Kill Bill. THe Django Unchained comic was the first time he’d dabbled in the medium, despite past hints, and this is going even further.
Both Django and Zorro are firebrands who seek to avenge injustice, so expect some vigilante action.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.