We can all respect and appreciate a talented journeyman (think Joe Johnston or Martin Campbell), but when it comes to directors, the men and women we really respect are the auteurs. That's especially true for the ones who pull double duty as both writer and director. We're talking people like Wes Anderson and Kelly Reichardt, the Bob Dylans of cinema. And then, of course, there's Quentin Tarantino, perhaps the wildest writer-director of them all. With the exception of Jackie Brown, every Tarantino film has come straight from his bloodstained brain, and even then, he's written the screenplay for all of his movies.
In other words, it's impossible to imagine Tarantino signing onto somebody else's project, but evidently, someone somewhere offered QT a crack at Green Lantern. According to Tarantino, he was approached "in the very early, early, early, early stages" of production. And as "a big comic book fan," he was definitely tempted by the prospect. As he explained to MTV News, "So there's a little part of me that's like, 'Wow, if I was in my 20s, this would be the genre I'd want to specialize in."
Unfortunately, the DC adventure flick came a little too late in Tarantino's career. By this point, he'd "kind of outgrown" the genre. On top of that, he wasn't interested in making a movie with "an existing comic book character." Instead, if he were to make a superhero film, he would "want the fun" of creating his own characters, possibly all armed with samurai swords. And while that rationale makes perfect sense, you've got to wonder how much damage Hal Jordan would've done with that power ring if Tarantino had been calling the shots.