As Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet approaches, Sony wants you to know that the character has got a sweet ride. The “Black Beauty” was featured prominently on the teaser poster for the film and at Comic-Con this year I got to take a close look at the many cars of the film, including the Beauty. A reel showing off the vehicle’s specs and scenes in the movie has now landed online. It’s clear that they’re trying to make the Black Beauty look like the Batmobile for a new generation. I think that cuts to a larger truth that if you’re a guilt-ridden billionaire playboy who’s looking to fight crime, you’re going to pimp your ride with a healthy dose of firepower.
Hit the jump to check out the clip as well as some photos I took of the Black Beauty at Comic-Con. The Green Hornet stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, and Christoph Waltz. It’s slated to open in 3D on January 14, 2011.
For those just tuning in, here’s the official synopsis for The Green Hornet:
Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), son and heir to Los Angeles’ largest newspaper fortune, is a rich, spoiled playboy who has been happy to maintain a direction-less existence. When his father James Reid (Tom Wilkinson) dies, Britt meets an impressive and resourceful company employee, Kato (Jay Chou). They realize that they have the resources to do something worthwhile with their lives and finally step out of James Reid’s shadow. Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains. With the help of Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they learn that the chief criminal in the city is named Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). He has united all the gangs under his power, and he quickly sees that the Green Hornet is a direct threat to the prosperous criminal underworld he controls.
And here are photos I took of the Black Beauty (both pristine and battle-damaged versions) at Comic-Con: