As a comic book character, The Hulk is a pretty interesting creation. Most Marvel heroes have a well-established place in the company’s overarching storyline; despite deviations and alterations here and there, the general persona of guys like Captain America and Spider-Man are well-defined. The Hulk is one who has been mutated (pun intended) many times over the years to be hero, villain, anti-hero, unwitting antagonist, and more.
Even on screen the Hulk has been relatively fluid, if not quite as all over the place as his comic appearances, with three major incarnations over the past decade, played by Eric Bana, Edward Norton, and Mark Ruffalo. Prior to Ruffalo’s appearance in The Avengers, the big-screen Hulks have been marginally successful, with varying degrees of fan appreciation.
The Avengers is doing so well, however, that the Hulk may have another shot at the big screen. Read More »
Who is scoring The Avengers? What’s the latest speed bump for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark? Want to hear an extensive update on the Hulk TV show? Which Goodfellas actor could have played Batman for Tim Burton? And why do the writers of the new Wonder Woman comic book think there hasn’t been a movie yet? Has Marvel Comics finally made it into the digital age? Read about this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Mark Ruffalo signing on to play the Hulk for Marvel’s upcoming The Avengers was a good move. Given that Edward Norton wasn’t coming back, I don’t think the studio could have gone with a more interesting choice than Ruffalo. He’s a great, nuanced actor who will hopefully have the room to make his own mark on the character.
But we didn’t know how Ruffalo would interact with the highly digitized aspects of the character. Now he tells Vulture that the green-skinned Hulk will be performed via motion capture, and that he’ll be in the suit. Read More »
Over the last week, concept art has leaked for Marvel’s Thor and Captain America giving fans a better understanding of what the future superheroes will look like. Yesterday we published an image which was quickly put together by a /Film reader, combining the heroes that will make up the upcoming superhero team-up film The Avengers. And now /Film reader Christopher M has sent me an even better fan made poster for The Avengers created by Alil Zeker. Check it out right now, after the jump.
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With concept art of Thor and Captain America‘s costume having been leaked online this week, /Film reader Randolph decided to put together an updated early preview of what The Avengers might look like. Check it out, after the jump.
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It’s fairly unfortunate that when there’s a chance to sit down with Ed Norton, who has turned in some of the more immersive performances of a popular actor in his generation, and is currently impressing many with dual roles in Tim Blake Nelson‘s Leaves of Grass, the conversation is eventually going to derail into baseless, speculative talk about his future as the Hulk. (And here I am perpetuating the trend, so shake your head at me, too.) Last week was all about Norton’s admission that seeing the Hulk as the villain in The Avengers would be fun. This week, the theme is time. Read More »
It all comes down to this new trailer for The Incredible Hulk, with the Marvel reboot’s release on June 13th fast approaching and its positioning as the caboose of summer superhero flicks pretty much a lock as far as expectations and buzz go. This second trailer is far more well-rounded than the first in my opinion, which mounted everything on the Hulk’s rather predictable-looking end battle with Abomination. Moreover, there is a nice amount of fresh and promising footage with the Hulk and with Edward Norton here, the latter of which has an agreeably slick general blockbuster Bourne-like feel to it.
We also get more Liv Tyler in various states of pouting duress and awe, which somehow makes it more interesting. And the Hulk’s new intro satisfactorily plays up the character’s proportion to his surroundings and is well-lit, which nicely contrasts with the dimness and grimness of trailers The Dark Knight and Hellboy 2. Overthinking much? Mebbs. However, are shots of the Hulk smashing cars and helicopters enough to push its grosses past Ang Lee’s flick? And I still can’t decide whether the Hulk still looks “fake” as so many fanboys like to shake their fists to.
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You can also watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple.com. The Incredible Hulk hits theaters on June 13th.
Discuss: What are your impressions of the new trailer for The Incredible Hulk? Does the film still rank last in your anticipation for this summer’s comic book flicks after viewing this? Might it be a hit after all is said and done?
The world’s best known movie critic and self-proclaimed thumb war champion, Roger Ebert, has issued an update on his health (better) and announced the Ebert-esque line-up for 2008’s Roger Ebert Film Festival aka Ebertfest at his alma mater, the University of Illinois. So, how’s the guy doing?
“I am at last returning to the movie beat. After my current stay at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, I’m looking forward to opening night of my annual film festival at the University of Illinois on April 23, and I will resume writing movie reviews shortly thereafter.
Are you as bored with my health as I am? I underwent a third surgery in January, this one in Houston, and once again there were complications. I am sorry to say that my ability to speak was not restored. That would require another surgery.”
Ebert’s also found inspiration in the mug of one Jake La Motta…
“It was Schrader’s line from his screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” that inspired my acceptance of my bandaged appearance: “I ain’t a pretty boy no more.”
As for the film festival, which takes place April 23-27 at the Virgina Theatre in the city of Champaign, it’s filled with what Ebert calls “overlooked” films, including Univ. of Illinois alum Ang Lee’s Hulk, Tarsem Singh‘s JLo oddity The Cell, and Bill Forsyth‘s ’50s-set familial drama Housekeeping. On hand for the festivities will be Forsyth, writer-director Paul Schrader (whose Auto Focus rocks), Aida Turturro (The Sopranos) and several others. Yeah, Roeper will be there. Full line-up after the jump.
Discuss: Was The Cell or Ang Lee’s Hulk overlooked? Is Ebert pushing it?
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These photos of a promo statue for The Incredible Hulk popped up over at Cinematical and were apparently snapped at a toy fair. In what’s probably a clear indicator of the Hulk’s size in this June’s reboot starring Edward Norton, note the lady and decked-out Humvee to the statue’s right (as well as a new poster of sorts). I’ve attached a still from Ang Lee’s The Hulk after the jump for further comparisons. It would seem that TIH‘s Hulk has a more youthful, chiseled appearance, with a toned down shade of green skin. To me, Eric Bana’s Hulk always looked grumpy, like he wanted to get home, plop down on the couch and drink a cold one, so I’m liking this one’s aggro-ness a bit more. Of course, he has to move first.
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Did You Know: Eli Roth claims he turned down The Hulk, Halo, and Live Free or Die Hard to instead make Hostel: Part II?
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