This is happening. Django Freeman, the slave turned bounty hunter star of Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained is teaming up with the Spanish, masked, swashbuckling hero, Zorro. Tarantino is co-writing the comic book along with Zorro writer, Matt Wagner and the original Django writer, Reginald Hudlin. Tarantino told the press, “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.”
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Zorro, a character who’s appeared in comics, television, movies, and other media since his debut in 1919, is a masked vigilante outlaw who’s really a Spanish nobleman living in California. Django Unchained mostly took place in 1858, at which point California was a free state—meaning the character might not have the chance to massacre too many slaveowners after going west. One potential storyline is the nationally controversial 1858 Archy Lee case, in which Lee, a slave from Mississippi, defended himself as a free man when his master took him on a trip to California.
Whatever the storyline, we’re excited for the duo’s adventures avenging the oppressed and fighting tyrants in the name of justice! And don’t forget, at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Tarantino announced that he would like to make Django into a mini-series. So much Django!
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“Django/Zorro” is slated for release in the second half of 2014. It will serve as a sequel to Django Unchained.
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