Marvel Plans to Bring Hulk Back to TV

While NBC works with DC Entertainment to resurrect a Wonder Woman television series, reports are coming in that ABC is working with Marvel Entertainment to bring the Hulk back to TV

Although Mark Ruffalo is scheduled to play the part of Bruce Banner, the alter ego of the gamma-ray-powered superhero in the 2012 movie The Avengers, the last two attempts to bring the Hulk to the big screen (Ang Lee's 2003 film starring Eric Bana and Louis Letterier's 2008 movie starring Edward Norton) have been disappointing.  Neither motion picture was able to capture the mass audience appeal that made the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno a pop culture hit.

Marvel, now partnered with Disney, is hoping to translate its box-office success into television ratings gold, and it looks like the Hulk will be a big piece of their TV content plans.  It is still very early in the development process so it remains to be seen what the direction the show will take -- whether it will be linked to the movies, how faithful it will be to the comic book, and how the Emerald Giant will be depicted.  One thing is certain -- the inconsistant computer generated effects of the movie have been one of the key criticisms by many for the lackluster reaction to the recent live-action movies.  Maybe the TV show will manage to find a way to do it right, hopefully by using computer effects to enhance a real performance by a real actor.

Comments

Michael McDonnell said…
The new series is going to be based on a different premise than the old series which was just the Hulk fighting criminals and being chased by a reporter, the new series is going to focus more on the relationship between Bruce Banner and Betty Ross and set in the early days of the Hulk.
Michael McDonnell said…
No Jack McGee have General Ross hunt the Hulk in the new series sending out army forces, Hulkbusters, gamma powered super soldiers to defeat the Hulk.