As a child this examiner remembers the glow of the television as two great super hero shows followed each other back to back in a power packed hour of excitement and action. "Batman & Robin" followed by "The Green Hornet." The emerald crusader and his Asian partner Kato would cruise the dark streets of the city in their armored super car "The Black Beauty."
The radio ,serial and TV hero is getting the big screen treatment courtesy of comedic actor and loyal fan Seth Rogen. Directed by Michel Gondry, this modern take on the classic tale has a lot more humor along with 3D, super action and spectacular special effects. When Michel sat down with the studio heads at Sony he had one major question to ask.
"I had a meeting with the big people at Sony and they looked into my eyes and asked me, 'Do you want to do a commercial movie or a very independent movie?'" the filmmaker recalled. "Of course, I knew the answer, but I thought it was a trick. And then I finally said, 'Of course, I want it to be commercial."
Michel goes to say what the major differences are in between the two.
"I realized it's not such a trivial question, because every time you're faced with choices, you have to keep reminding yourself that you made a promise and you have to hold to it," he continued. "Basically, the concept of working on a big-budget film is that you have to think about the audience a little bit more than usual."
Gondry had to compromise on some issues but feels he was able show put his own take on the film as well.
"The Green Hornet" buzzes into theaters on January 14, 2011.