Seth Rogen Aims to "Subvert" Superhero Movie Genre with The Green Hornet
07.14.10 by BJSprecher
Now that director Michel Gondry's The Green Hornet is in post-production, the various troubles that plagued the shoot seem to have faded into the past and Sony finally appears to be ready to start promoting the movie in earnest. In advance of Sony's unveiling of the first look at The Green Hornet in 3-D at next week's San Diego Comic-Con, a set interview conducted with co-writer and title star Seth Rogen during production has finally been released, revealing that Rogen's intention is to "subvert" the superhero movie genre rather than pay homage to it.
People are aware of [comic book culture now]. It's something that I've been a comic book fan since I was a kid, so to me and Evan [Goldberg, co-writer], it's always been inherent.... So it's nice as a fan to finally have pop culture catch up with your sensibilities for one thing and once that happens, you can subvert the genre a lot more because everyone's far more aware of what it is that you're subverting. The fact that everyone's seen a hundred super hero movies at this point makes it a lot easier to play with the conventions because people know what to expect when you do something different. They know that you're subverting it, and yeah, it's something that as a comic book fan, it's nice that it's reached a wide enough audience at this point that you can almost deal with it as though the whole world was these nerdy comic book fans. It's just part of the culture now.
The Green Hornet also stars Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos, Tom Wilkinson, and Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz.