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THE GREEN HORNET

Until the latest film adaptation directed by Michel Gondry and starring Seth Rogen (!), the best known incarnation of Green Hornet (in recent memory) was of course the 60s TV series, starring Van Williams as the titular hero and the legendary Bruce Lee as sidekick Kato. But in actual fact, Green Hornet began life as a radio series back in the mid-30s (even before Superman and Batmen were created) in the heyday of pulp fiction. The success of the radio series led to adaptations of the Green Hornet into movie serials and comic books.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Trailer

Jack Sparrow is back! The rock ‘n’ roll pirate, portrayed by Johnny Depp by channeling Rolling Stone Keith Richards, carried a trilogy of highly successful movies for Walt Disney Pictures. So perhaps it’s no surprise that the franchise is continuing with this fourth installment.

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HANNA

The title character of this adventure thriller, filmed in Europe, Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Cate Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. (from Wikipedia)

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THOR: TEASER TRAILER

I liked the 5-minute Comicon trailer that was leaked online months ago so it was a no-brainer to also like this official teaser trailer for next year’s Marvel Studio’s blockbuster of our fave Norse God of Thunder. The trailer basically shares the same opening sequence of Thor being questioned by Agent Coulsen (of SHIELD) before moving over to Asgard wherein Odin banishes Thor. We also see Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, the Destroyer and Thor in full battle action. Those fight sequences look quite awesome, filled with Kirbyesque power! Yum.

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SUCKER PUNCH

What to make of Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch? Well, based on the teaser trailer and this recently released featurette (see below), it looks like a geek’s wet dream. Combining every conceivable genre imaginable (you name it, Sucker Punch’s got it!), it comes across like a “something for everyone” deal. Of course, the cynics (you know who you are) will point to the film’s overwhelming stylized visual sheen and wonder if it’s nothing more than form over substance. Remains to be seen, I guess. Snyder has always been strong on the overall visuals but he is no slouch in the storytelling department either. So based on 300 and Watchmen, I am prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. Sucker Punch will be released in March 2011.

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There were only two superhero movie in 2010 viz. Iron Man 2 and Kick Ass (while Scott Pilgrim vs The World is based on a comic book, it certainly is not a traditional superhero movie). The former was a box office smash while the latter was a critical success. If you think the age of the superhero movie is over, think again.

In the years ahead, there will be many more superhero movies released and GEEK OUT! will attempt to give you the skinny on what is what is not as far as these upcoming movies are concerned.

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