SAN DIEGO — The 40th Annual Comic-Con kicked off in style Wednesday evening at the San Diego Convention Center, as
"I feel immense relief right now," the "Pineapple Express" star grinned moments after a black tarp was dramatically pulled off the Black Beauty, giving the world a first glimpse at Seth's superhero vision. "Sometimes you've gotta go a long way just to get back to where you started. We went to a lot of major auto manufacturers who pitched us different designs and futuristic takes on it."
Ultimately, however, Rogen and co-writer Evan Goldberg, along with director Michel Gondry, decided to stick close to the black, bulletproof, badass model that has served as Britt Reid's Batmobile throughout so many film serials and radio and television shows.
"To us, it was important that it seemed like a guy could actually build this car," Rogen said from the convention floor, looking over the dual machine-gun turrets emerging from the hood and the smoke-screen pipe sticking out of the sleek car's front grill. "This looks like something you could actually use on the streets. We ended up falling back on the original '66 Chrysler Imperial. We've updated it, we've added a lot of weapons that weren't around in the '60s, and I think it's going to be incredibly badass to see it in action."
One of the car's coolest features, however, couldn't be glimpsed on the Con floor.
"The coolest gadget in the car? There is a mini-gun that can destroy cars, there is missile rockets, but the guns in the front [mounted to the hood] don't go side-to-side," explained Gondry, the visionary behind such films as "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "The Science of Sleep." "Like an airplane, you'd have to move the car to target. The [villain] cars in front at some points think [the Green Hornet can't shoot them if they stay off to the side]. So, the doors open [backwards] like suicide doors, but inside are machine guns. And [Green Hornet and Kato] use the door like machine guns. That's my favorite gadget."
"It's super cool," Rogen's longtime writing/producing partner Goldberg said of the Black Beauty, one of 18 models that have been built for the 2010 film. "And it shoots rockets!"
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