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Hmmm tough choice! In a straight Jackman Slamdown (sounds like a niche website waiting to happen), we go Van Helsing every time! Yes, it's an awful flick and a disgrace as a homage to the old Universal monsters but what they laughing called a plot is so barkingly mad, it makes it into the legion of good terrible flicks. Wolverine on the other hand was just forgettable nonsense.
Character-wise though it's a different ball game - Mr Snikt, in either comic or screen form, would easily take down most versions of the fearless vampire hunter - Edward Van Sloane, Christopher Plummer, Lawrence Olivier and Anthony Hopkins would all fall to the adamantium claws!
However Stoker's original and the Peter Cushing incarnation - the definitive take on Dracula's nemesis - would have Weapon X eating out of their immaculately gloved hands!
Personally I suspect the discrepancy between The Green Hornet's takings so far and other recent superhero flicks is largely down to several combining factors...
Firstly it's January - people are doing some belt tightening post Christmas and more so than previous years thanks to the gloomy economic outlook...
Secondly there's been mixed reports about the quality of the 3D, and more generally I think the received wisdom on the subject of 3D is solidifying in to 'usually a waste of time' . Hence I suspect the movie may be suffering from a lack of 'specs appeal'
Next, and probably most importantly, as a recognised character The Green Hornet just isn't in the same league as the big names from the Marvel and DC Universes. He's better known to fans of pulp fiction than even to the average comics geek as The Green Hornet's comic series have been sporadic at best in recent years. And the only reason the man in the street* might have heard of this venerable masked vigilante is that Bruce Lee played Kato in the short lived '60s TV series.
I'd guess the box office take so far is more down to audience recognition of the names of Seth Rogan and Michel Gondry than any interest in the character. However equally given that both the actor and director both have the capacity to irritate some folks, they could be losing the movie a few ticket sales. For example, I loved Be Kind Rewind, but I know a fair few people who felt the movie didn't deliver the knockabout comedy that the trailer seemed to promise...
* Whose name, my spies inform me, is Gary Tosser
Now that's a question you don't see everyday!
The dread Mr Greenslade asserts that anything from washing up to to fiddling with his antique pen collection can raise the spectre of Goat Boy (see the Hicksonomicon for more details on this outré entity), particularly if the moon is full...
Mr Jim Moon wonders whether appearances of Glynis Barber on Eastenders count.