I have been a fan of comics since I learned to read–and in fact they contributed significantly to that happening–though eventually my love for the medium branched off into other adjacent areas fairly quickly.
One of my favorite offshoots was old-time radio. I was an avid listener of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater in the 80’s and 90’s, though I also enjoyed shows from earlier, such as The Shadow and The Green Hornet.
There was something fascinating about the Green Hornet. Maybe it was for me he was Batman before there was a Batman with an added bonus of having an uber-competent assistant, Kato (played by Bruce Lee!).
Though admittedly part of my admiration grew from watching him kick the stuffing out of Robin on the fun and campy Batman television series from the 1960’s.
The 2011 Seth Rogan and Jay Chou version of the Green Hornet and Kato were okay, but they moved away from the grittier elements of the radio shows, to a more comedic take.
Though there’s talk of a reboot to be directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior, The Accountant), who’s known for his visceral, kinetic fare.
He’s a prefect choice to bring the physicality and a brutalness to the project, which the 2011 movie lacked.