Dynamite Lands 'Green Hornet' Comic Book License
by Matt Brady
Date: 31 March 2009 Time: 05:10 PM ET
Adding to its lineup of popular classic characters, Dynamite Entertainment has announced that it landed the comic book license to create and publish new Green Hornet stories.The character will join Dynamite’s roster which includes The Lone Ranger, Zorro, Red Sonja, The Man With no Name, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Buck Rogers, Dan Dare, and the revived Golden Age superheroes of the Project Superpowers family of titles. The announcement marks the latest resurgence for the character, as a film version, starring Seth Rogan and directed by Michel Gondry is slated to begin filming this summer.
Dynamite’s version, according to President and Publisher Nick Barrucci promises the return of the titular hero, as well as his loyal sidekick Kato, his car – The Black Beauty, the mask, and all the classic trappings the character is known for. "We've been working on this one for a long time now, I believe four years. Since we started pursuing this, they've also announced a movie for next summer," Barrucci said. "The Green Hornet is a cultural icon and touchstone for modern super-heroes, including the greats like Batman. To work with such a character, and faithfully represent him along the lines of how we've handled The Lone Ranger and Zorro, and the upcoming Buck Rogers, is truly a momentous opportunity. Over the last 4 years, fans and creators have asked us if we were negotiating for the Green Hornet license, which we finally have (big YES!), and we will be announcing creators in the near future." Originally created by George W. Trendle for radio in the 1930s, the most recognizable incarnation of The Green Hornet is Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher by day who by night goes out in his masked "Green Hornet" identity to fight crime as a vigilante, accompanied by his similarly masked Asian manservant Kato and driving a car, equipped with advanced technology, called "Black Beauty". Related:
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