Beard: Batman to feel sting of the Hornet againWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been 47 years this month since they last met, but their upcoming clash stands as remarkable in more ways than one. DC Comics has announced Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet, a bi-weekly digital-first miniseries that kicks off May 21, written by actor-director Kevin Smith and radio personality Ralph Garman and featuring art by Ty Templeton. Covers will be provided by legendary illustrator Alex Ross.
The Caped Crusader ran afoul of the Hornet in a 1967 episode of Batman called “A Piece of the Action,” wherein the two heroes tested each other both mentally and physically. A major part of the fun that fans got out of the show was the fight between the Green Hornet’s assistant Kato, played by martial artist Bruce Lee, and Robin the Boy Wonder.
In all, both matches ended in draws so as to not disappoint either hero’s followers. At the time, Batman’s producers also offered a Green Hornet television series, so it was something of a no-brainer for the crossover; today, the two characters are owned by separate entities, making such meetings more difficult to arrange.
DC’s recent success with their Batman ’66 comic book surely provided the impetus for the new miniseries, as well as the upcoming DVD set of the 1960s Batman TV series, the first time the show’s been officially available for home viewing. Many fans had wondered whether Warner Bros had secured the Green Hornet rights for inclusion of the infamous episode on the DVDs, but the announcement of Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet provides some assurance that the popular radio-TV-comic book-film hero will be buzzing around the Batcave once again.
Smith seems an odd choice as writer on the project, and Garman clocks in as an unknown quantity with comic book fans. Smith’s penchant for crude language and situations in his films and comic book scripts don’t seem to lend themselves to a story that’s set in the more-innocent 1960s, but his love for the classic characters and DC’s standards should rein him in enough to get the job done right.
In all, Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet can only help to feed the current go-round of Batmania.