Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Hulk has been notoriously tricky to get right on the big screen, but thanks to his enduring popularity as a character plenty of people have tried. One man, concept artist Benton Jew, has even made the attempt three times.
Jew first worked on bids for Jonathan Hensleigh‘s unmade 1997 Hulk film and Ang Lee‘s 2003 Hulk, before getting hired in 2007 as a storyboard artist on Louis Leterrier‘s The Incredible Hulk. The illustrator recently took to his blog to share his work from those experiences, including mock-ups of Lee’s original choice Billy Crudup as Bruce Banner. Check ’em out after the jump!
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The big guy in green is having a big day. Just as Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo, the two current carriers of the Hulk torch, commented on the character’s future, one of his previous directors has made a very interesting claim.
Louis Leterrier, the director of 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, revealed he spoke with Mark Ruffalo about playing Bruce Banner in his film, but Marvel didn’t think he was right for the role. Read the quote below. Read More »
Joss Whedon said it’s “nonsense.” Mark Ruffalo said it’s “not in the works.” Yet the idea of a standalone Hulk movie, maybe even a Planet Hulk movie, keeps coming up. The rumor gained real traction when Latino Review said The Avengers 2 would set up a Phase Three standalone movie with Hulk on a planet by himself, setting up an Avengers vs. Hulk showdown in The Avengers 3. That rumor was then seemingly obliterated. However, both Ruffalo and Whedon have recently clarified their thoughts on the whole thing. They haven’t changed their tunes, but each – especially Ruffalo – has left the door open a bit.
After the jump, read what the director and star had to say about Hulk as well as Whedon’s thoughts on a DC Cinematic Universe, how S.H.I.E.L.D. is going and Star Wars Episode VII. Read More »
There’s been a lot of talk about a new standalone Hulk movie since Mark Ruffalo‘s take on the big green guy turned out to be one of the standout aspects of The Avengers. Despite a few rumors that said the Hulk would get his own movie, possibly adapting the Planet Hulk storyline, most of the official word has come down hard on the rumors.
Now Ruffalo says explicitly that we won’t see him going green again until The Avengers 2, which is dated for May 1, 2015. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Though three different actors have played Bruce Banner on the big screen in the past decade, only one can really say he also played the Hulk. When Mark Ruffalo appeared as the iconic character in last summer’s The Avengers, he was the first actor to actually portray the Hulk half of the character in motion-capture. (His predecessors Edward Norton and Eric Bana let the CG artists take over that part.)
The decision paid off, as fans enthused that Ruffalo’s Hulk was the best they’d seen in recent memory. Now a new video shows just how Industrial Light & Magic pulled off the trick. Hit the jump to check it out.
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Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Despite his status as one of Marvel’s most recognizable superheroes, the Hulk has had some trouble transitioning to the big screen. Ang Lee got some of the limpest reviews of his career when he tried a decade ago with Hulk; Louis Leterrier fared only marginally better in 2008 with The Incredible Hulk. Neither film earned enough to make a sequel a no-brainer the way Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger did.
And yet, Mark Ruffalo‘s turn as the not-so-jolly green giant in last summer’s The Avengers garnered such a positive reaction from fans that speculation began swirling about a third attempt at a Hulk standalone. At a recent event, Avengers director Joss Whedon offered his opinion on the possibility of a Hulk movie. Basically, he thinks it’s possible — but it’d be “very, very hard.” Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Is Marvel delaying the development of Guillermo del Toro‘s Hulk TV show? Does Mark Millar think Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four is going to be special? Want to watch another video of Emma Stone talking The Amazing Spider-Man 2? How can you own Tony Stark’s TV from Iron Man 3? How can you watch the entire Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy in 3 minutes? What secret is buried in the pages of Superior Spider-Man #1? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s TV Bits is jam-packed with geeky goodness. After the jump:
- Arrested Development starts filming new episodes
- New character and plot details emerge for NBC’s Hannibal
- Syfy and Bryan Fuller are adapting The Lotus Caves
- Guillermo del Toro talks about Marvel’s Hulk TV series
- The Wire‘s McNulty was almost on Game of Thrones
- Showtime has new promos for Season 2 of Homeland
- Take a peek at the second season of NBC’s Grimm
- Watch a new trailer for Season 3 of HBO’s Treme
- NBC unwraps an extended preview for Revolution
- Get a first look at Ashley Tisdale on Sons of Anarchy
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This edition of TV Bits has casting, rumors, Lego and even some controversy. After the jump read about:
- Joel McHale will join FX’s Sons of Anarchy for a multi-episode story this season.
- Broadway actor Sebastian Arcelus joins Kevin Spacey and David Fincher‘s Netflix show House of Cards.
- Watch classic scenes from The Wire in Lego. It’s even better than it sounds.
- Guillermo Del Toro offers an update on the Hulk pilot.
- Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito has some interesting thoughts on this season of Breaking Bad.
- Fred Willard has been fired from his PBS show Market Warriors after being caught in a XXX rated theater.
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