June 23rd, 2010
12:21 PM ET

Hate to love or love to hate 'Green Hornet' trailer?

After the trailer for “The Green Hornet” was released yesterday, movie fans tried to figure out what they didn’t like most: Seth Rogen being cast as the masked action hero, the fact that this story has been told a million times before, or that it'll be in 3-D.

Perhaps it’s just bad timing and moviegoers are suffering from superhero fatigue, but the plot of "extra-wealthy guy decides to put on a mask, get into his tricked-out car and go off and do good" hasn't impressed many, especially because the movie's first promotion doesn't reflect new takes on the story.

It clocks in at only two and a half minutes, but what is seen in the trailer has been called “generic” and alternately viewed as a knockoff “Kick-Ass," the wannabe “Iron Man," or an attempt at some cross between the two.

Its January, 2011 release date doesn’t bode well either, and commenters over on EW.com are already placing bets that "Hornet" will be the flop of the New Year. But, the movie does seem to have at least one saving grace, and that’s Michel Gondry as director.

As NPR points out, we got only a taste of what could be in the actual movie, and trailers aren't always wholly reflective of the films they promote - the chance that Gondry has lent his brilliance to the film hasn't slipped away just because of a mere few minutes of marketing.

If there's someone to put your money on, NPR asks, who would it be: Michel Gondry, or the editors who put the first trailer together?

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Armaan

    Maybe Seth Rogen will pull the role off well, but there's still no way I'm going to watch this movie. They've butchered the show, man!

    January 13, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scott

    Hmm, you never know. I would assume though that the people who make the trailers usually have a relatively easy job of taking the best parts of the movie and editing them down to get you to go see the rest. No one makes a trailer of the boring parts or the time wasting parts. So sadly, this might be a good idea of what the movie will be about. Word of mouth will be a good indicator though, once it opens.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. hhm

    I suspect if you watched the entire trailer, you saw the movie.

    June 24, 2010 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jesus Christ


    June 23, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack Meoff


    June 23, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kristen

    Remember when everyone wrote Michael Keaton off as a "comedy star" then he wowed as the first modern Batman? I would love to say that Seth Rogen can pull off the same coup but he can't. Not even close. Plus, Batman is a better character. The best part of the Hornet is his driver.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Matteru

    You critical bunch of bumpkins don't know sweetf__all. I am tired of all these super hero's that are oh so macho, Seth Rogen is a light hearted alternative of all these real HE MEN that is so big and strong. Give me a break you ignorant chimps.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I don't know, I'd prefer my superheroes to be....super. Otherwise we would call them averagedorkheroes.

      June 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Leon

    Jay Chou, you forgot to mention Jay Chou, he's going to be the main attraction of this movie.
    I know you guys don't want any young asian talent in the hollywood business, but you'll be wrong.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pushedbuttonsburnedin

    Doesn't look very good. Looks more like Gondry out to prove that he can make a mainstream film that appeals to a mass audience. Probably won't happen as Seth Rogan is in full backlash mode (move to an FX, AMC or HBO show and save your career).
    Pumped for David Lynch's "Doom Patrol", though!

    June 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    Seriously, am I the only one who actually watches the crappy movies Michel Gondry makes. Be Kind Rewind, Human Nature, The Science of Sleep. All terrible, amateurish garbage. Yeah, I know he also made Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the kind of okay but highly overrated film from like 6 years ago. Even a blind squirrel, you know.

    I think everyone who claims Gondry is some kind of genius should be forced to watch Be Kind rewind from beginning to end every night for the next month. Then tell me he's so great. More likely you'll try and hunt the man down and give him a well deserved beating.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • gondry

      dear Bill
      I've heard your mother has a terrible breath and I feel sorry for you.

      June 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pete

    I watched it, and it was pretty darn good. I thought Seth Rogan was going to be an odd choice, but after the trailer, he adds a good presence to the character, and the necessary bit of "camp" as a throwback to the series.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TW

    I like the premise. He's a better actor than people give him credit for.

    Check this out. It's pretty entertaining...


    June 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joe

    Seriously? Seth Rogan an action hero. I guess he will use his man-boob-strength.

    June 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Claire

      Have you seen how much weight he's lost for this? He has no man-boobs.

      June 26, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |

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