#4 THE GREEN HORNET
I like The Green Hornet a lot and for someone that isn’t over 40, that’s not something you hear every day. The idea of the character was original at the time of its conception and when done well is still amazing to read today. The Seth Rogen-starring film had some interesting ideas, such as the modern day setting and the various gadgets for the character, but overall it wasn’t the Green Hornet that I know and love. What we got in the film was a love letter to slapstick in a domino mask and not what Britt Reid should be. The Green Hornet should be a terrifying force of nature, striking fear into the hearts of criminals and cops alike. His schtick of “pretending to be a bad guy while actually being a good guy” sets him apart from other heroes, and was turned into a total farce in the film version.
Where should a “Green Hornet” movie go? Take it back and make it a period piece in my opinion. It worked for Captain America: The First Avenger, and fans really dug the setup there. Putting The Green Hornet in the era of WWII America gives it enough distance from the present to make it more believable (especially given the current downfall of newspapers), and while I love Christoph Waltz, the primary villain in a Green Hornet movie shouldn’t be a caricature of comic book villain but someone that makes the terrifying Green Hornet a little scared himself.
Likelihood of happening: I can’t say for certain one way or the other, maybe if a filmmaker comes along with a passion for Green Hornet it will get made, but I’m going to bet the previous movie killed all interest at a studio level.