Wow, it's gonna be really green at the cinema next year! Of course, the new Green Lantern movie is supposed to be released next year, and I am pretty excited about that. However, kicking off 2011 is the new GREEN HORNET movie. Now, the Green Hornet and Kato, as characters, have gone through a lot of changes and suffered a lot of indignities over the years, in every type of media you can imagine. But I'm hopeful about this movie.
One thing that I find very intriguing is the fact that (based on what's in the trailer) some deliberate humor has been injected into the Green Hornet universe. That's actually rare for Green Hornet -- and I don't think it's a bad thing AT ALL. Quite the contrary. Despite supposedly being a descendant of the Lone Ranger, which IS pretty darned exciting, Britt Reid has always been a very bland and (let's face it) BORING character. Kato was always the interesting one, not Britt. (In all fairness, though, Britt does have a huge problem in that, it's hard to appear interesting when you have Kato as a sidekick -- who is just about the COOLEST sidekick in existence.) Actor/comedian/writer Seth Rogan may seem like an awkward choice for portraying Mr. Reid, but I think he'll lend some much-needed personality to the character, in addition to the humor.
It's also interesting that Britt Reid's history appears to have been rewritten a bit to make him seem like a pre-Green Arrow spoiled-brat rich-kid Oliver Queen. INTERESTING.
Besides, Green Hornet has one of the COOLEST cars in all of super-hero lore: Black Beauty. I LOVE Black Beauty, in all of its incarnations. It's not gaudy like the Batmobile -- it's merely, functionally ALL CAR. And, oh, what a car! Heck, my own, current car is nicknamed Black Beauty, in homage to the Green Hornet.
SO, in a nutshell, I'm very much looking forward to seeing Seth Rogan, Jay Chou, and Cameron Diaz in The Green Hornet this January. Bring on the big-screen comic book fun!