Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The Hulk is Getting A Live Action TV Show!

Now this is bound to be better than Smallville! I wonder how they'll pull of the special effects every week on a TV budget. Perhaps it could end up being a mini-series with fewer episodes and more money per episode. In any case, it'll be better than painting Lou Ferrigno green again! I'm definitely excited about this - far more so than the proposed Wonder Woman series and all the other superhero TV shows yet to find their way onto UK screens.

There's no word on who'll be involved or who the star will be but...

Mark Ruffalo is taking up the mantle as the Hulk's alter ego, Bruce Banner, in 2012's Avengers movie. Before Ruffalo, Ed Norton played Banner in 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" and before that, the role had been played by Eric Bana in 2003's version, "Hulk". Getting yet another actor for the TV series would be just a crazy churn-rate so I expect it would be Ruffalo on TV too. In an interview with Empire, Ruffalo did indeed hint at the possibility of more solo Hulk outings but the implication was that they would be movies.

What might we see in a Hulk TV series?

This isn't the first live-action Hulk TV show. Back in 1977-1982, Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno played Banner and the Hulk respectively. In that series, the Hulk was a fugitive on the run and framed for the murder of Banner (which is of course impossible being his alter ego). While on the run, he would always end up helping someone in need and usually manage to direct his Hulk rage constructively. Maybe we'll see something similar this time around. Indeed, the end of 2008's The Incredible Hulk showed Bruce Banner starting to control the Hulk within.

But wait! There's more! The Hulk isn't the only Marvel character to be getting a TV show! Also in line are the far less known Cloak & Dagger. I always liked the idea of this pair when I see them popping up in other stories I am reading but never gave them much time. They are both mutants with fantastic powers. Tyrone Johnson (aka Cloak) is able to tap into a darkforce dimension allowing him to teleport and become intangible at will. Tandy Bowen (aka Dagger) can create physical blades of light making them a pretty visually spectacular pair if nothing else.

Source: ABC News

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