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Green Hornet’s production has been plagued with problems all along, from car wrecks to last minute changes in direction, so maybe it’s not exactly a surprise to hear that the film may not have turned out as well as Sony had hoped. What is surprising is that, somehow, they didn’t realize Seth Rogen doesn’t look like a superhero until literally just now.
IESB says Sony execs are unhappy with the Green Hornet movie being turned in by director Michel Gondry. Specifically they think it’s too campy, they don’t like what Gondry did with it, and yep, they don’t like the way Seth Rogen looks. All of this, is pretty ridiculous.
It’s ridiculous not because it’s untrue (for now this is just a rumor) but because, well, what were they expecting? Of course Seth Rogen doesn’t look like a superhero and of course a superhero movie starring Seth Rogen and directed by Michel Gondry is going to be kind of campy. Apparently Sony didn’t bother to watch any of Gondry’s other movies before they hired him. He’s not exactly Christopher Nolan. He’s known primarily for making sort of weird, whimsical fantasies. Apply that formula to a superhero movie, especially one written by and starring Seth Rogen, and you’re invariably going to come out with something campy. Was there ever any other possibility?
Campy by the way, doesn’t necessarily mean bad. And the fact that Rogen doesn’t look the part doesn’t necessarily mean bad either. It could be different, fresh, and exciting. But whether it's good or not, none of this is news. This is the movie they asked for and it sounds like it’s the movie they got. If Sony’s actually upset, they really don’t have any right to be, though this could explain why we’ve yet to see a teaser image or a poster or even the slightest advertisement for what has been up till now one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated productions. Or maybe it’s still just too far off.
Green Hornet isn’t due in theaters until December, so there’s plenty of time for the studio to tinker with their finished product. If this rumor pans out, expect to hear a lot more grumbling from everyone involved in the months ahead. Let’s hope we’re not in for yet another terrible, holiday released superhero flick. Historically, December is not a good month for comic book movies.