Joss Tells Us Why a Hulk Movie’s Hard to Do

The Hulk in The Avengers

Everyone loved Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk in The Avengers right? So why can’ t The Hulk seem to work in a film of his own?

Well, Avengers director Joss Whedon has some thoughts about that at a recent Q&A. And via Geek Chocolate, here’s what he said about whether or not it’s possible to make a good Hulk movie:

“Yes. But it would be very, very hard. Hulk is a tricky son of a bitch. He’s the Claudio of superheroes. Because the problem is it’s a very popular character, but it’s not a superhero. Half of it’s a superhero, half of it’s a werewolf. And you can’t structure it like a superhero movie, you can’t light it like a superhero movie. How do you develop that? It would be extremely difficult. The one thing you would have in your favor would be Mark Ruffalo. But right now I don’t know if they have plans to do that or not, because he works so well as part of a greater whole, but by himself, it’s tough. I don’t envy the guys who went before.”

Whedon forgot to mention that any Hulk movie is also part-Fugitive, so that’s at least three different genres you have to mesh together into order to create a decent Hulk flick. I think The Incredible Hulk came pretty close to getting that mixture right, but it wasn’t perfect.

What do you Bastards think? Did Whedon nail it on the head, or is he way off?

Source: Blastr

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  • I think “The Incredible Hulk” was damn close, they can never get the Hulk “right” Hulk isn’t right, the character is wrong, there is no way to make the Hulk “right” without utterly ruining the character. You can’t change Hulk, there is no possible way to make a proper standalone Hulk movie, I mean how many issues of Hulk don’t feature another Marvel universe character fighting him or helping him fight a bad guy? In relation to movies, Hulk is an outcast, he has always been an outcast. The way to make Hulk stand out and shine is to make stories about him, not revolve around ONLY him. I’ve heard rumors that the next Hulk movie would be in relation to the “Planet Hulk” which I think WOULD work completely if done properly, Hulk is a gladiator, a Spartan of the new world.

    • IronDouche

      As an avid Hulk comic fan, I’d have to disagree with the first half of this post. Hulk has been at the centre of loads of brilliant stories that haven’t featured crossovers. However all the best have featured a hulk who is more than a grunting monster.

  • IronDouche

    I think they need to stop making “dumb hulk” movies. The answer is to evolve the character. Do it on screen as an adaptation against a foe that can’t be defeated by punching. Give us a grey hulk. A professor hulk. A different hulk – a character.

  • stevo85

    I think bruce banner is a larger part of the hulk character that should be explored with more depth and an open mind. He was always torn between constrution and destruction.

  • Ravanas

    I agree with IronDouche. Or at least the Hulk we got in the Planet Hulk series and after. Planet Hulk itself wouldn’t be a good movie plot since it’s just Gladiator, but that style of Hulk could make the transfer to the silver screen successfully. You still get angry “Hulk Smash!” Hulk, but he’s also not Hulk with Banner’s brain. He’s not the smartest, but he’s smart enough, and one of the great things about Planet Hulk was how much character was brought to Hulk. And they didn’t have to do it in the framework of some grunting brute either. But they didn’t lose any essential “Hulk-ness” to do it.

  • I bet Christopher Nolan could do a kick-ass Hulk film.

  • Slipstream436

    Part of the problem with what has come before is the actor hopping. No one actor has played the roll consecutively and completely successfully. Thus the audiences come in with hesitations and don’t want to get attached. Christian Bale or Hugh Jackman are good examples because the alter ego is the character. Hulk that isn’t the case. The audience doesn’t go to see Banner…Banner is a dull character but causes conflict and is a necessary aspect. Hulk smash is great but only goes so far.

  • Dyeus89


  • if they stuck with #AngLee, we wouldn’t have seen Avi Arad make the decision to get Norton & Letterier to make such a minndless mess. Even the most critical critics who were negative about The Hulk said how its construction was actually very well made after they saw that mindless mess in The Incredible Hulk that rushed the origin and basically showed a big long pointless action-sequence. Letterier’s film was absolute garbage period.