It has been announced that WildBrain (a global leader in kids and family entertainment) will be working with pop culture icon Kevin Smith to develop an original Green Hornet animated series.
According to the press release, the new animated series, based on the popular Green Hornet franchise, “will target a family audience and feature classic Green Hornet elements that fans know and love, including his ultra high-tech car, the “Black Beauty”.”
The show will be “set in contemporary times, the series will deliver some exciting new elements as it follows the adventures of a re-imagined Green Hornet and Kato – now the grown son of the original Green Hornet and the daughter of the original Kato – as they partner to battle crime in Century City!”
Kevin Smith shared, “It’s an honor to escort the legendary Green Hornet and Kato into their very own animated series for the first time in the rich history of these iconic pop culture characters! We’ll be telling a tale of two Hornets – past and future – that spans generations and draws inspiration from a lifetime spent watching classic cartoons and amazing animation like Batman: The Animated Series, Heavy Metal, and Super Friends. I can’t believe WildBrain gave me this job and I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity to extend my childhood a little longer.”
Stephanie Betts, EVP Content and Current Series at WildBrain, said, “We’re thrilled to embark on a new animated Green Hornet series with Kevin, who has set up an incredibly rich world with a cast of amazing characters – especially Kato, who is no longer just a sidekick, but is now a strong female partner to the Green Hornet. With his ingenious talent and passion for superheroes and classic franchises, Kevin is the perfect creator to update the Green Hornet. We’re excited to share the new Green Hornet and Kato with audiences worldwide.”
Focusing the series on the kids of the original characters does sound like an interesting take. I’m all for the new characters working together as partners. I also like how the series will tell stories involving the past and the future. Such a decision can help newer viewers feel comfortable with the long-running franchise while the series offers something enjoyable to older fans. Let’s see how the changes will be received by the fandom.
Kevin Smith knows about the superhero genre and fandom culture. I think he will be able to deliver something good. Smith will be sharing more information about the upcoming project on his YouTube channel.
As for WildBrain, make sure to visit the official website.
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