By most comic book enthusiasts accounts, 2003’s Hulk may have been one of the worst comic book adaptations in the history of cinema. Needless to say, alarms started going off in my head last year when I found out Hollywood was going to give it another try.
The list of problems most people that I knew had with the 2003’s Hulk is longer than my arm, but most of the complaints cited bland writing, lousy CGI (I even heard some comparisons between the likeness of the Hulk and Shrek), and weird editing techniques that were confusing and just not as cool as they were intended to be. The result was, in mine and many others opinions, that it wasn’t just a bad comic-to-film adaption, but that it was just a bad movie period.
Even with that being the case, is there hope in the soon to be released (June 13, 2008) The Incredible Hulk? I have to think so and there’s a few reasons why. (article continues…)
First, we now know (and I’m sure that The Incredible Hulk‘s producers are well aware of this) that reimagining less than stellar movie franchises can be done and done well. 2005’s Batman Begins is a fine example of that. And at risk of offending some the old guard, I’ll also cite the reimagining of Battlestar Galactica could also be cited as evidence of this. In this situation, I’d say that The Incredible Hulk‘s producers went to great lengths to avoid making the same mistakes director Ang Lee made with Hulk five years ago. Sure, Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk‘s director) may make other mistakes, but at least he’s had a list of “don’ts” to work with.
Another reason I have faith in this movie is the cast. It’s hard to beat Ed Norton for the role of Bruce Banner, in my opinion. Norton does “confused-inner-struggle” thing with the best of them. I’m a leary of Liv Tyler, but we’re lucky enough to have Tim Roth and William Hurt rounding things out.
Either way, it’s my guess that this time, we’ll be in for a treat.
Here’s hoping we don’t get dissapointed again.
-Scott “Scooter” McGowan