The Green Hornet and The Lone Ranger

The Green Hornet (1966-1967)
The Lone Ranger (1949-1957)
Type: Connected Reality
Group: DC TV Multiverse: Earth 66

   Okay, this one is right on the edge.

   The truth is that The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet are in fact connected. It is a fact that Britt Reid has been established as being an descendant of The Lone Ranger (the exact relationship - great grandfather, uncle, sister-in-law - varies depending on the source) whose real name was John Reid. Makes sense since the whole setup for the Green Hornet is that he is a modern version of The Lone Ranger. Check it out. The Lone Ranger has an Indian sidekick named Tonto, The Green Hornet has a Chinese sidekick named Kato. Both are mysterious masked men who some believe to be outlaws but who are in fact champions for justice. The Lone Ranger's transportation was a horse named Silver, The Green Hornet's was a car with a horse name - Black Beauty. They even both sported classical music as their theme songs with each song becoming forever linked to their character (The William Tell Overture for The Lone Ranger and Flight Of The Bumble Bee for The Green Hornet).

   The thing is the connection between these shows gets into the minute rules of what I am doing here. What I am trying to do is list crossover and spin off connections on television. I am not including other mediums like books, magazines, etc. So even though Batman and The Flash have met each other in comic books and both had live action Prime Time shows the connection between them was never made on their TV shows so I don't list them as being connected. This is to keep things from getting to complicated.

   For example, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Uncanny X-Men met up in a novel. If I was to include all media and include this book it would link the Star Trek TV shows to all the Marvel Comics and since Marvel has crossed over with DC comics then that would bring them in. That would make the list insane. Not only that but it's pretty well known that the Star Trek books are not "canon". In other words they are fun to read but in terms of what has officially happened in the Star Trek universe they don't really count. The same thing holds for most of the Marvel/DC comic crossovers they kinda did happen and kinda didn't. At this point I'd be putting a gun in my mouth.

   Back to The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet. I cannot find proof that they actually stated on The Green Hornet TV show that Britt Reid was related to The Lone Ranger. But I have found hints that it was mentioned in promotional material for the show. And its a little different from a Batman meets the Flash scenario in that these guys never actually met but more than that were actually blood relatives. So we aren't talking a throwaway crossover situation.

   Given that I keep having this connection pointed out to me I figure it is one to bend the rules for. Plus the initial link was created back when both shows were radio programs which in a way was TV before there was TV. That said don't start e-mailing me about Superman and Batman crossing over their radio shows. I'll go back that far for these two blood related masked men but that's it.

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