The Green Hornet has really fought an uphill battle to make it into theaters. With the switch of directors from Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle) to Michael Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and the release date being pushed back to accommodate multiple re-shoots, the film has been plagued with ominous signs which all scream out “THIS IS WILL FAIL!”

I’m not saying it’s going to be Jonah Hex or The Spirit bad, but the controversy surrounding the film certainly doesn’t help eliminate that connotation.

Usually when a movie goes through this much chaos during production, the final product is often tainted. One has to look no further than the hot mess that was X-Men 3 to see a fine example of that. It also doesn’t help that the studio execs at Sony were none-too-pleased with their first screening of the film and made Gondry go back into the editing room and change it.

Now, Yahoo! Movies has the official Green Hornet trailer which dropped shortly after midnight. You might have caught it on TV when Entertainment Tonight aired it first – but honestly, are any of you SR readers frequent watchers of ET?

Here’s the trailer for The Green Hornet:

In addition to the trailer, there are a couple of new pictures that have been released to the public – and while they aren’t bad, they’re just alright. When Stephen Chow stepped down from the director’s chair, he also let go of the role of The Green Hornet’s right hand man, Kato. Taiwanese pop singer Jay Chow (The Treasure Hunter) was able to step in and fill the role once made famous by Bruce Lee.

The Green Hornet has been around since the 1940s, with the television adaptation becoming a hit in the 1960s. The story revolves around Britt Reid (Rogen), a newspaper publisher by day and the crime fighting superhero Green Hornet by night. Together with his martial arts expert sidekick Kato, they try to stop the evil Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz) from completing his dastardly plans (whatever they may be).

In addition to the images and trailer, we also have the Entertainment Tonight first look video for anyone who isn’t already over-stuffed with Green Hornet info tonight:

We’ll have to wait until next year to see if the once-portly Seth Rogen is a big enough leading man to carry an action film like The Green Hornet.  One thing that certainly foreboding about this film is its new January release date. As most film fans are quite aware, the year almost never starts out on a high note and Hollywood’s “woofer” films are usually reserved for January.

What are your thoughts on how Green Hornet is going to do in theaters – another potential flop or a diamond in the rough? How did you like the trailer?

The Green Hornet hits IMAX and regular theaters in 3D and 2D January 14th, 2011.

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Source: Yahoo! Movies