Interview: Mark Waid on Dynamite Entertainment’s Green Hornet

Green Hornet

Green Hornet

Mark Waid, popular writer of such books as Daredevil, Irredeemable, and Captain America, will soon be writing a new hero, the Green Hornet. Westfield’s Roger Ash contacted Waid to learn more about this upcoming project from Dynamite Entertainment.

Westfield: What attracted you to this project?

Mark Waid: I’ve been stewing on the story for more than a decade, actually–one of my buddies did a pass on the ever-evolving Green Hornet movie script nearly ten years ago and talking to him then about the Hornet reminded me what I like about the character–that he has a triple identity (civilian, hero and “villain”), that he caretakes a decades-long heroic legacy, and so forth. Also, the car. He’s got a sweeter deal than even Batman in that regard, because even Batman has to drive himself. The Hornet HAS A CHAUFFEUR.

Westfield: If someone’s not that familiar with the Green Hornet, what should they know about him before reading this?

Waid: By day, he’s Britt Reid, a kingmaker–the publisher of the city’s leading newspaper and a man of gargantuan influence. But by night, he infiltrates the underworld by masquerading as the Green Hornet, a criminal mastermind both trusted and feared by the city’s gangs, which allows him all sorts of information on upcoming crimes that the police can’t get.

Green Hornet

Green Hornet

Westfield: What can you tell us about your take on the Green Hornet and Kato?

Waid: In my story, Green Hornet’s seen better days, frankly. He’s still fit and fighting, but his ego’s about to get the better of him, so successful has he been. And Kato’s there to be his voice of reason, his conscience–at least at first. But when the Hornet lets his pride drive him into making a horrible mistake, it up-ends everything about their lives.

Green Hornet

Green Hornet

Westfield: What can readers look forward to in the book?

Waid: Besides action and adventure, they can look forward to a sweeping epic driven by hubris as a failed hero struggles for redemption.

Westfield: Aside from the Green Hornet and Kato, who are some other the other characters that readers will meet in the book?

Waid: Still sketching out the main villain, but trust me–he’ll bring the color.


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