The Green Hornet is a comedic take on the original 1930's radio hero and 1960's television series updated to 2011. Britt Reid is a celebrity party animal, much to the chagrin of his wealthy newspaper publisher father, James Reid, who has been crusading in his coverage of organized crime. When the elder Reid is killed by an allergic reaction to a bee sting, the city is launched into chaos, led by a new gangster named Chudnofsky, Britt's life must take a serious turn as he faces the responsibilities of keeping his father's crusade alive. Although ill prepared for the task, Britt takes over his father's newspaper, the Daily Sentinel.
With the help of his father's mechanic, the enigmatic Kato, Britt comes to the realization that by posing himself as a criminal, he can simultaneously infiltrate and thwart Chudnofsky's operations and thus assumes the identity of The Green Hornet as an ironic nod to his late father.. Kato's superb martial arts skills and engineering prowess provide the Green Hornet an array of weapons, gadgets and vehicles in which to make his mark in the underworld. The Green Hornet calling card is left behind at numerous busts of Chudnofsky's heists, which are plastered all over the Sentinel's front pages.
With the help of Editor Mike Axford and newly hired journalism student and researcher Lenore Case, the Green Hornet and Kato uphold the law in private by seeming to break it in public, allowing for the news publicity to help crack down on city corruption and thus drawing the attention and wrath of Chudnofsky to an inevitable climax.
Although The Green Hornet is lighter in tone than its more serious previous incarnations, the tongue in cheek fight scenes pay homage to the late Bruce Lee, who created the TV version of the Kato role, and the frat boy rivalry between Kato and Britt Reid make The Green Hornet a much different story than one might expect.