What's the Difference Between the Green Lantern and the Green Hornet?

As the pieces begin to fall in place for bigscreen adaptations of The Green Lantern and The Green Hornet, we realize that some of you might have trouble telling the two properties apart. Now, with Movieline's hand-dandy guide, you can ace any fanboy conversation after just a few minutes! Let's begin:


Green Lantern: Ryan Reynolds

Green Hornet: Seth Rogen


Green Lantern: Canadian

Green Hornet: Canadian



Green Lantern, left: Martin Campbell (Casino Royale)

Green Hornet: Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)


Green Lantern: Created by writer Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell for DC comics in 1940

Green Hornet: Had its genesis in 1930s radio serials, but has had multiple incarnations in comic books, TV, and film


Green Lantern: Green eye mask, green and black spandex outfit

Green Hornet: Green eye mask, dapper hat and suit


Green Lantern: A "power ring" that grants the Green Lantern the ability to create or do virtually anything

Green Hornet: A talent for hand-to-hand combat, plus the finest technology money can buy (including a specially equipped automobile named "Black Beauty")



Green Lantern: Whoever wears the ring becomes the Green Lantern, and there have been several different Lanterns through the character's history. Reynolds will be playing Hal Jordan, a test pilot given the ring by crash-landed alien Abin Sur

Green Hornet, right: Britt Reid, wealthy playboy and newspaper magnate


Green Lantern: Depending on the Green Lantern, there have been a whole range of supporting characters, including taxi driver Doiby Dickles and Inuit engineer Thomas Kalmaku

Green Hornet: Asian manservant Kato (famously played by Bruce Lee in the 1966-67 TV adaptation)


Green Lantern: Yep

Green Hornet: Nope


Green Lantern: June 17, 2011

Green Hornet: July 9, 2010


  • el smrtmnky says:

    you're gonna get SO much nerd tail at Comic-Con

  • Dubrovnik says:

    "What's the Difference Between the Green Lantern and the Green Hornet?" Based on what I already know and those release dates, I'm gonna say "washboard abs."

  • Jason says:

    Oh God! Abin Sur! Quick, change it to Abin Sur before the angry nerds come for you. I only have so much space to hide you in my attic.

  • Kyle Buchanan says:

    Oh God, how did I miss that? Thank you, fixed. I'll just wait here until the mob dies down outside.

  • Feet of Courier says:

    One stars a schticky comedian with a winning smile, and the other...

  • anonymous says:

    Both these castings make Baby Jebus cry.

  • snickers says:

    The casting for these movies is the reason for the masks.
    The girls like the Reynolds abs, though, I've heard.

  • TimGunn says:

    me first, please.

  • John Talalay says:

    I know this is really boring and you are skipping to the next comment, but I just wanted to throw you a big thanks - you cleared up some things for me!

  • anonymous says:

    Why are the movies coming out only a few months between each other?
    And are they related (not family related) at all or is it just a coincidence that they are both "The Green" something and that they are both coming out at Summer.

  • Ryo says:

    oh i was confused.... when green lantern promos came out i was like "...wait, wasn't seth rogan just doing this movie?"
    im' not a comic book nerd.