The Green Hornet is making another buzz, as the Black Beauty is one of several pop-culture items auctioned in Beverly Hills, California next month: beginning with a free public exhibition on April 1, follow by the auction taken place online and at Julien's Auctions on April 5 and 6.
The Black Beauty is the sleek crime-fighting vehicle driven by Kato, the martial arts expert/enforcer of the Hornet, aka Britt Reid, the crusading Daily Sentinel publisher who wages a covert war against organized crime and corruption by posing as a criminal himself. The Beauty was used for Seth Rogen's 2011 The Green Hornet; it is the only one to survive production of the superhero action-comedy.
Britt Reid is the great-nephew of John Reid, a former Texas Ranger who becomes the Lone Ranger, the Masked Rider who fought for law and order with Indian companion Tonto in the Old American West.
Also being auctioned is the Superman suit the late Christopher Reeve wore in 1987's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, where the Man of Steel fought Nuclear Man, the latest creation from arch-nemesis Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman), while striving to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
Both The Lone Ranger and the Man of Steel brings hope and justice on the big screen this summer.