After the near miss of “The Hateful Eight,” it’s always nice to get good news from Quentin Tarantino. Not only is the auteur reportedly working on his ensemble western again, but he’s also co-plotting a comic book.
That is, a comic book crossover that will bring together Django Freeman, the hero of “Django Unchained,” and Zorro, the legendary pulp vigilante of colonial California, known for his distinctive monogram.
The two heroes will meet in a new mini-series co-published by DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment, with Matt Wagner co-plotting with Tarantino and writing the final scripts.
“I’m very very excited about both this story and the opportunity to work with Matt,” Tarantino said in a statement. “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.”
The meeting of the two characters is not as random as it may seem, as DC previously published an adaptation of “Django Unchained” and considering Zorro’s origins as a Hispanic hero of pulp westerns, it’s hard to think of any character more suited for a crossover with Tarantino’s world.
There’s no official release date for the mini-series, but DC and Dynamite plan on the books hitting shelves later this year.