Following Seth Rogen’s description of Allen the Alien in Invincible, let’s compare his turn as the Green Hornet to see the best superhero he’s ever played.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Season 1 of Invincible, streaming now on Amazon Prime.
Seth Rogen’s turn as Britt Reid, the masked vigilante in The green Hornet remake, is one that certainly left fans divided. Some didn’t think his biting comedy kind of fit the 2011 playboy-turned-hero action vibe, but when you look at how he and Jay Chou’s Kato defeated Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz) and his Russian gangsters, they did quite a good job. work and attached to the essence of the character.
Now, with Rogen making a return to the world of comic book adaptation in Invincible Like Allen the Alien, it is worth analyzing which of the two is his best version of being a hero.
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Rogen’s Green Hornet definitely felt like an amateur hero, but it was all about a learning curve. This is why he and Kato often quarreled, they messed up in their science lab making weapons like gas bombs, why it took them time to perfect their fleet, and also why the press gave them an acid reprimand.
But ultimately, the Hornet triumphed, overcame its flaws, and realized that it needed to lean on Kano’s strengths. This actually allowed him to save his partner, not to mention being driven by love for Cameron Diaz’s Lenore case. The problem with that is that many were expecting more impromptu action and not Rogen’s style of humor. Director Michel Gondry really insisted on that style, which we have seen in Very badly, Beaten Above and many more, and while it wasn’t that profane, it felt like fans had to cut down a lot of fluff to get to heroism.
Allen, however, is much more endearing, sentimental, and genuine in his mistakes. When Mark Grayson / Invincible fights him, we find out that Allen is there to evaluate Earth in “Here Goes Nothing” for a galactic council that monitors the planets and their champions. However, he thought that the Earth was Urath, which is why he’s been coming for years, fighting Omni-Man / Nolan, thinking that Mark’s father had to be tested. When Mark reveals that he’s on the wrong planet, it’s pretty funny, but in a more sincere and less youthful way, which is the way that Green Hornet managed its dynamics with its stars.
Here, they just sit around, chat on the moon, and Allen even offers advice on how to be a better hero. Clearly, he is more altruistic, experienced and powerful as he fights against so many champions, in space, which is why Mark admires and respects him. So when it comes time to decide between Rogen’s Green Hornet and Allen the Alien, it’s really tough because they’re so nice.
But ultimately, because we’ve only received one episode from the mighty and nearly invulnerable Allen, Rogen’s Hornet gets the nod. His story goes deeper and shows the pros and cons of heroism, creating a more human and identifiable arc. However, from Allen’s words, it is clear that he and Mark have struck up a bond, and if they bond soon, we may see Allen as a greater hero who is doing more than interplanetary surveillance.
Invincible stars Steven Yeun, JK Simmons, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Gillian Jacobs, Andrew Rannells, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, Walton Goggins, Jason Mantzoukas, Mae Whitman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Melise, Kevin Michael Richardson, Gray Griffin and Max Burkholder . The series is produced by Skybound and is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Simon Racioppa, David Alpert and Catherine Winder. The new episodes premiere on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.
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