When a gang of 88 crazed soldiers working for O-Ren Ishi in Kill Bill: Volume I showed up wearing Kato masks: Bruce Lee fanboys only thought one thing—a Green Hornet film would be awesome. And soon enough, production began on a Green Hornet movie, working with a script from none other than Superbad scribes Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. While the production went though a number of changes—Kung Fu Hustle director Stephen Chow was originally set to direct and play the Hornet’s sidekick Kato—the line up of cast and crew was certainly formidable: Rogen in the lead, Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou as Kato, Inglourious Basterds phenomenon Christoph Waltz as the villain, and none other than Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) in the directing chair.
Well, despite all the amazing talent both in front and behind the camera, the first teaser trailer, released today, shows off none of that talent. The trailer might become the new definition of generic. Nothing in this trailer is necessarily bad (Chou seems pretty amusing), but there’s nothing to separate Hornet from other superhero films being released. Gondry’s magical touch seems to be void from this project (was he really that in need of a paycheck after Be Kind Rewind?).
The January release date and promotion of 3D don’t seem to bode well for the picture, which right now just looks like a bad combination of Spider-Man and Batman. Judge for yourself below.