I’m usually thrilled by the prospect of pretty much any comic book movie, but for some reason the idea behind “The Incredible Hulk”, the sorta-sorta not sequel to Ang Lee’s 2003 “The Hulk” doesn’t thrill me at all. I don’t know, maybe I’m one of the three people on Planet Earth who didn’t think “The Hulk” was all that bad; in fact, I think it was pretty damn friggin’ great, so the idea that it needs to be “improved upon” is, well, I don’t buy it. In any case, Wizard sat down to have a little chat with the sequel’s director, Louis Leterrier, and here’s the conversation.
“It’s a fresh start because I saw there is a real fan base for Ang Lee’s movie,” said Leterrier of Lee’s ill-received “Hulk” in an exclusive interview with Wizard. “I didn’t want to offend [those fans] in any way, and also I like the movie. It was very interesting. [But] it was weaker ground to build a big franchise upon so we decided to scrap it and establish it from bases that are more comic book-based and TV show-based.”
“Incredible Hulk” will still feature several elements from the Ang Lee film such as General “Thunderbolt” Ross (played by William Hurt) and his hunt for Banner. But the development of other antagonists takes place in the film, as well. Heading for those comic book roots, Leterrier pit Hulk against someone very familiar to comic book fans.
“Obviously, General Ross is the villain, so he had to be in it,” added Leterrier. “But the Abomination, Emil Blonsky, was who Marvel wanted to put in this chapter—the first chapter of our new saga—because he’s the most famous. He’s an enemy that can actually threaten the Hulk. It’s very important for me that there is a danger. When Bruce Banner is Hulk, I didn’t feel in Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk’ that there was any threat. He was invincible. So with Abomination there’s actually a monster that can, you know, kill him when he’s in the Hulk form.”
Played in human form by Tim Roth, Blonsky isn’t the only new character. Look for Doc Samson (played by Ty Burrell) and Samuel “the Leader” Sterns (played by Tim Blake Nelson) when the film powerbombs into theaters next summer.
I don’t care what anyone says. The Ang Lee version is still a brilliant piece of work, and Liv Tyler and Edward Norton will never be able to surpass what Jennifer Connelly and Eric Bana did. Period.