Today is the release of the long anticipated “Green Hornet” film in case you were wondering.
The Storyline: Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father’s large company, teams up with his late dad’s assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.
Seth Rogen as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet
Jay Chou as Kato
Christoph Waltz as Benjamin Chudnofsky
Cameron Diaz as Lenore “Casey” Case
Tom Wilkinson as James Reid
David Harbour as District Attorney Frank Scanlon
Edward James Olmos as Mike Axford
Jamie Harris as Popeye
Chad Coleman as Chili
Edward Furlong as Tupper
Analeigh Tipton as Ana Lee
Reuben Langdon as Crackhead
Jerry Trimble as Chudnofsky’s man
James Franco as Danny “Crystal” Clear”
Without going into too many details about it, the film appears to be more of an Action Packed Superhero Comedy as opposed to the playing it on the dramatic edge like the original television series was. Part of me is not too sure how this will work out because I really liked how the series was first presented as a crime drama and of course in that episode of the way classic “Batman” series where the two teams butted heads. If you’ve never seen it I can tell you with some certainty that it is on YouTube.com, just search for “A Piece Of The Action”, oh heck just click HERE 🙂 The crossover episode was the lead into the Hornet’s own short lived series and it starred Van Williams and Bruce Lee. To me it doesn’t seem smart playing it up as comedy but who knows, maybe it will be a fun ride just the same.
I’ve been a fan of The Green Hornet for a few years now and always enjoyed how he was on the side of the right but played it up as a master criminal. It was clever to see it done that way and when they issued a comic book title on the long defunct NOW! Comics, I bought a copy each and every month. I still have them somewhere in my collection. I am not too sure if the collected edition of some of those tales is still in print but if you can find one its a recommendation. Hopefully the movie does good, only time will tell.
Sadly the referenced classic sixties “Green Hornet” television series AND the “Batman” series where most fans of a certain age got their first glimpse of the character are NOT yet available on DVD for purchase. The movie serials that preceded them are however as are a number of books which I have embedded here for your perusal.
Official Film Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Green_Hornet_(2011_film)