Green Hornet Can't Catch a Break at Comic-Con
07.26.10 by Ryan
Nothing has been easy for The Green Hornet. The oft-troubled adaptation of the comic book/radio drama character has seen a bumpy production with director and co-star musical chairs (Gondry - Chow, Chow - Chou), a bomb scare, and one final delay to convert the movie to 3-D. All this has culminated in a pushed release date to January, a dead zone for horror and other genre movies while audiences catch up with possible Oscar contenders. Most of the Comic-Con was spent explaining or demystifying the troubled production, with Seth Rogen admitting to MTV that every problem Hornet faced made the production "exponentially more difficult."
Every possible obstacle came in our way at one point or another, to the point that it really just got ridiculous, but we kept... trying to charge it forward. And we made it, which is unbelievable in a lot of ways.
The Green Hornet panel began well enough, with Rogen walking out and instantly apologizing. "I'm sorry if you were expecting Ryan Reynolds," joked Rogen. Then a more expanded version of the trailer was played, and when it was finished Slashfilm reports "people started exiting the panel."
What the departed missed was a 3-D clip of the movie that most sites found to be pretty awesome. Movieline reports that the clip showed "a fight scene that takes place outside of a cemetery" and proclaimed the clip "not bad" with the 3-D looking "pretty solid." Deadline reported that the clip "plays well" and that "fans seem to like it." io9 went a step further, proclaiming that the "3-D conversion does look sharp, and it really brings out the depth and scope of director Michel Gondry's visual imagination," making Green Hornet "look nothing quite like any superhero movie we've seen before." If only more had stayed to see it.
Rogen clearly is growing tired of having to constantly explain The Green Hornet. While talking to The LA Times, Rogen made it clear that not all comic book properties are treated the same way.
I had a meeting with Fox the other day and they have all of the X-Men: First Class stuff up on the wall. Look at the way that movie is happening. It could have the worst script in the world, the worst director in the world — not that it does, but it could have those things — and there's no way the movie isn't going to get made. Our movie was not like that. It's been a project of passion, and that's the only reason we kept it going.
Now all The Green Hornet has to do is open huge in one of the weakest box office months in the year. They're used to it. Nothing has come easy for The Green Hornet.