• Jul 25, 2009

The Green Hornet's Black Beauty - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Frankly, we're a little concerned about whether funnyman Seth Rogen will be able to pull off the action-star thing when he takes the lead role in next year's big-screen adaptation of The Green Hornet . Then again, we remember thinking Michael Keaton would utterly tank as Batman in 1989, but that experiment in casting against type wound up working extremely well, so we'll sit back and hope for the best. As with Tim Burton's Batman, a car will feature prominently in The Green Hornet, and in this regard, things are looking very good indeed.

As reported earlier this week, Comic-Con served as the backdrop for the unveiling of the film's Black Beauty -- the Hornet's signature ride -- and now we have a new set of photos from our resident camera Jedi, Drew Phillips. As with the original TV car, the silver screen variant appears to be based on a 1966 Imperial Crown 4-door hardtop (there's a distinct '65 flavor to those headlamp surrounds, however, so we might be wrong on that).

In addition to the grille- and bumper-mounted weapons and gadgets of the original, Rogen's Green Hornet will also have a pair of hood-mounted gatling guns at his disposal. Neat detail alert: check out the hornet center caps on the Beauty's Torq-Thrust-style wheels. Regardless of how the movie winds up being, one thing's indisputable: The Black Beauty is way badass. That Rogen and co. went with another Imperial in the 21st-century update is a testament to just how great-looking those old cars were... and still are.



Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      That's looks like a 65 lincoln continental if you ask me...how did autoblog get that wrong?
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's definitely an imperial. this one may be a '65 or a mishmash of 65's and '66's. one report i read mentioned that a lot of 65's and 66's were used to build around 10 cars. the original (2 cars built for the tv series) designed by dean jefferies.was a '66 all the way.

        pat
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ansen,

        It is most certainly not Continental, but if you go and look at the 65 and 66 Imperial 4-door hardtops (Crons and Lebarons), there are clearly some similarities that would explain that confusion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really? Seth Rogen? I do love his movies ... but I cannot see him as a serious super hero.

      Unless this movie is going to be a comedy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I remember people saying that about Michael Keaton when it was announced he'd play Batman.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would prefer it without the miniguns
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is one awesome Imp!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Omg same here! Somebody get this guy off here!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Needs sparkly green paint too!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought Ryan Reynolds landed the role for Green Hornet...
        • 5 Years Ago
        i think that was the green lantern
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, my mistake. In that case, Seth Rogen better start hitting the gym, HARD!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      what about MASSA!?
        • 5 Years Ago
        been asking the same question all day...even sent a "Tip" in to AB...sheesh
        • 5 Years Ago
        you're so right... sigh, it's all over the news and yet Autoblog did not post any news from him yet...
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