Since about 1989, you could count on one thing above all else in “new” superhero movies: The first trailer would try as hard as it could to stress how similar this “new” movie was to a Batman movie: Tragedy. Angst. Darkness. Resolve. Pounding Danny Elfman score. Hero-says-his-own-name. BAM! Title. Coming Soon.
With that in mind, this (otherwise pretty rote) first trailer for Michel Gondry’s “Green Hornet” movie – with Seth Rogen as the titular hero – perhaps marks the beginning of a new era: Batman? Batman WHO? “The Green Hornet” wants you to know that he’s more like – and I mean A LOT more like… Iron Man.
Here’s my principal “nerd” question about this franchise: The two characters being “owned” by different companies would make direct reference impossible, but will they be making any allusion to Britt Reid (aka Green Hornet) being the Lone Ranger’s great-great (great?) grand-nephew? Yeah, that’s actually true. Go look it up.