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So... William Shatner? Watch Out Bruce Banner Wants To Fight You, Just Don't Get Him Angry!

Hey folks, Harry here - about 3 days ago a source sent in a scoop that Edward Norton would be playing Bruce Banner aka The Hulk... Tonight - the story hits VARIETY - so it's confirmed, Edward Norton dons the purple pants and lab coat. Personally - other than my fetishistic desire to see Steve Buscemi as Bruce Banner... heh... well - that's my own personal fantasy - but there ain't a damn thing wrong with the casting of Edward Norton - he could do wonders with the Banner/Hulk bit. What do you guys think?

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  • April 15, 2007, 9:29 p.m. CST

    holyy shit

    by TheDohDoh

    great casting.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Could be Cool

    by jimmy_009

    I like it

  • April 15, 2007, 9:31 p.m. CST


    by bluesdomo


  • April 15, 2007, 9:31 p.m. CST

    very very cool

    by bluesdomo

    nuff said

  • April 15, 2007, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Now just make it a balls to the wall Hulk movie

    by jimmy_009

    And forget about the Shakespearian bullshit.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:32 p.m. CST


    by BloodStaind

    i fucking like it.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Edward Norton, huh?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Wow. I'm actually surprised he would take the roll. Norton does good work...this just seems like something he would feel was "beneath" him.<P>jDoes this have a director yet?

  • April 15, 2007, 9:32 p.m. CST

    meh.. So I guess Bruce Banner will be self important

    by modlight

    The original was fine, why muck it up.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST

    f'in AAAA

    by gob_bluth

    awesome. isn't norton TOO good for hulk though?! he must be getting a hell of a cheque - i didn't think he did these kind of movies....

  • April 15, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST

    What a weird Hulk it's going to be.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Oh well, good actor, just hope he doesn't have to do any accents.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:35 p.m. CST

    I like it.

    by Dataset

    Just will anyone actually give it a chance? The taste of the last one is still in a lot of people's mouths. You might have liked the Ang Lee Hulk, but face it, most people thought it sucked.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Hulk fight Gandhi

    by I Dunno

    Hulk look like you want to look, Hulk fuck like you want to fuck, Hulk is smart, capable, Hulk is free in all ways you are not.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Freaky deaky

    by Man in Suit

    Hopefully they'll go for a "Jeckyll and Hide . . . Together Again" vibe for this one.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:39 p.m. CST


    by tiredpm

    For an actor who publicly pissed and moaned about The Italian Job this seems very odd. Does he know Ang Lee isn't directing this one?

  • April 15, 2007, 9:41 p.m. CST

    This film just got interesting

    by cdubbs727

    I was honestly not looking forward to a Hulk 2. I thought the first was pretentious and plodding, but probably the best attempt at the material you could make. A sequel that attempts to just redo everything just seemed lame. But with Ed Norton onboard? This is now a pretty interesting project.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:42 p.m. CST

    This film will give Norton the chance he's dreamed of..

    by Krinkle

    ... to take off his shirt and reveal his scrawn dozens of times in one movie! Am I crazy, or does Edward Norton have a clause in his contract that he must have a take-the-t-shirt off moment in every film. But why? To what end?

  • April 15, 2007, 9:42 p.m. CST


    by The Only Woj

    so now I really wonder about the TDK rumors (regarding Dent). could he have turned down Dent for the lead in Hulk? what the hell with Ed Norton Hulk look like?

  • April 15, 2007, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Don't get me wrong...

    by tiredpm

    ...I think it's a very cool bit of casting, but his history makes me ask why he's doing it. Is Leterrier that good a salesman or is it possible the script is something that will attract an actor of Norton's caliber?

  • April 15, 2007, 9:43 p.m. CST


    by Keo

    The best superhero casting choice since Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Where's the Scoop?

    by TheDohDoh

    Why wouldn't AICN post the original scoop? Even if it's just rumor, it'd be a great one. Nobody would believe it - Norton is 100X cooler than Robert Downey Jr on Iron Man. And Norton can get ripped. He must have been jonesing for something violent again.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:44 p.m. CST



    Didn't think he'd do a comic film! Great casting! The script must be good...

  • April 15, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST

    I am Hulk's smashing fist.

    by Det. John Kimble

    Me likey. This is way more interesting now.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:50 p.m. CST


    by tile_mcgillus

    This project went from direct-to-DVD to see it opening day just like that! I didn't think they were taking it this serious! FUCK YES!

  • April 15, 2007, 9:51 p.m. CST

    An eclectic casting choice for Norton

    by Doc_Strange

    Hopefully there's some merit to the film now that Norton's there to give it legitimacy. One wonders though if he just did it for the money, or maybe he's always liked the Hulk, or maybe there's that split personality thing he played so well in the great movie known as Fight Club. Either way, Norton is a great actor and one of the few I truly respect.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Can you translate for the asshats that don't get the

    by James_O'Nasty

    Shatner reference?? Oh, and FIRST!!!!!

  • April 15, 2007, 9:55 p.m. CST

    William Shatner

    by Allfather Starr

    Is a reference to Norton's character saying he'd fight William Shatner in Fight Club. It's as tenuous an article heading as Harry's Casino Royale "japanese schoolkids killing eachother" title. Lame.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Great casting. Two things though:

    by Orbots Commander

    One, Marvel and the studio must have waved a laaaarge paycheck in front of Edward Norton's nose for an actor known for 'prestige' roles to do a Hulk movie. Two, as he's also rumored to be a guy who likes to be in control of his movies, how long do you think THE TRANSPORTER director has before he's replaced with somebody Norton likes better. To the director: dude, start polishing that resume.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Gives new meaning to "Fight Club."

    by Bronx Cheer

    Looks like it's clobberin' time.

  • April 15, 2007, 9:58 p.m. CST

    I like it

    by johnnykool

    I really do. No complaints from me, believe it or not.

  • April 15, 2007, 10 p.m. CST

    Oh please, Ed Norton does crap

    by I Dunno

    That magician movie, anyone? And to head this off at the pass, the first Hulk blew. If you want your movie to look like a comic book, take a cue from Sin City, 300 and Mirrormask. Don't literally draw comic book panels on the screen. That was almost as bad as Uwe Bol splicing screen shots from the video game in House of the Dead.

  • April 15, 2007, 10 p.m. CST

    The Ultimates

    by johnnykool

    I was just re-reading The Ultimates and I could definitely see Edward Norton playing Bruce.

  • April 15, 2007, 10 p.m. CST

    Orbots Commander

    by CarbonGhost

    I agree, Goodbye Louis Leterrier.

  • April 15, 2007, 10:03 p.m. CST

    God dammit

    by IndustryKiller!

    God dammit. This is really disappointing. Norton has been one of my favorite actors since I was a kid. I could see if he was doing one to get his prestige, but hes coming off a banner year in which he was highly critically acclaimed and it sounds like he's got some kick ass films in post and coming out in the next year. And now he is doing a comic book film, not only that but a sequel to an awful comic book film. I once found myself standing about three feet away from Edward Norton in a tiny 8 X 8 room after a play I had gone to see in Los Angeles. What followed was 60 of the most awkward seconds of my life as we both stood there saying nothing to each other waiting for something to happen, even that close I couldn't get the nerve to actually strike up a chat with a guy whom I respected so much. I wish I could go back in time to that moment to warn him that one day the script to the Incredible Hulk sequel would land in front of him and, for the sake of good taste, to turn it down. Alas...

  • April 15, 2007, 10:06 p.m. CST

    I think this is brilliant news

    by pjdon

    I don't see a problem with an alternative version of Hulk. I think they should do it more with comic book movies. <P>I just think this needs an intresting director also.

  • April 15, 2007, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Well damn....

    by MichaelCorleone

    I didn't have much hope for the film but this instills some faith. Norton could pull this off.

  • April 15, 2007, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Dare I say it?

    by Mr. Nice Gaius


  • April 15, 2007, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Great casting!

    by robotdevil

    I'm suddenly interested in this movie.

  • April 15, 2007, 10:20 p.m. CST

    edward norton gotta eat

    by Mr_X

    this could be a cool movie. first one blew chunks. but least we are past the orgin stage now, hopefully we'll get wall to wall hulk action. but who is he going up againt?

  • April 15, 2007, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Eric Bana is a terrific actor. Was he a bad choice?

    by Bronx Cheer

    The first Hulk flick didn't work, but there are many reasons for that, yet I don't think Bana was one of them. Good actors should always be welcome in films like these. And maybe Norton is a Hulk fan and the producers are waving big bills in front of him. This sequel might be considered more of a reboot anyway, even though there was only one other film made. Sometimes, and it's miraculous when it happens, people just admit they screwed up and go back to the drawing board. Look at Rocky V. Stallone pretended it never happened. Smart man.

  • April 15, 2007, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Maybe they'll just hire Lou Ferrigno again.

    by Bronx Cheer

    That would be sweet.

  • April 15, 2007, 10:27 p.m. CST

    was expecting straight-to-video quality w/ noName actor

    by George Newman

    i'm really surprised by this. The quality potential just went up a couple notches.

  • April 15, 2007, 10:29 p.m. CST

    This is the first good news about...

    by rbatty024

    Incredible Hulk. I'm sure it will still suck, but at least Edward Norton will be getting a fat paycheck.

  • April 15, 2007, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I still want an Ed Norton DAREDEVIL

    by George Newman

    That would be fantastic.

  • April 15, 2007, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Inspired Casting

    by NoHubris

    IMHO Norton will be an extremely memorable Bruce Banner. He is an "elevates the material" type of performer in my book so I am very cool with him in the role. If you consider ITALIAN JOB, THE SCORE, and even KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, you have to admit he does action well too. Also, if Norton does motion capture and lets loose with the suit/CGI gear ala Andy Serkis/Gollum in LOTR, we could end up with a Hulk for the ages.

  • April 15, 2007, 10:39 p.m. CST

    This movie just went from grade-C to possibly tentpole

    by Orbots Commander

    status. Watch for Norton to bring on some of his favorite writers to re-work the script for him. His name will also attract some big name directors to start sniffing around. I'm sure that Letterier guy isn't a bad guy, but he's toast. Somebody like Jonathan Mostow, Martin Campbell coming off of a huge hit like Casino Royale or a George Miller may come on and direct with the right incentives.

  • April 15, 2007, 10:47 p.m. CST

    While I Still Say...

    by MarkoOhNo's total bullshit that they're making a do-over - Ang Lee's version was inspired and perfect as it was... casting Edward Norton has my attention though. Great actor, a bit of a tough-geek. lol Maybe not geeky enough...? I don't know. I can see him playing a great scientist, but it's hard to see him as Bruce Banner. He seems too calm in his performances. Not troubled enough. Can he do repressed??

  • April 15, 2007, 10:50 p.m. CST

    William Shatner as General Ross

    by Calico Pete

    That's what the headline made me think. I actually got excited about that possibility.

  • April 15, 2007, 11 p.m. CST

    Big purple... pants... Smoochy 2?! :D

    by Horseflesh

    A guy can dream.

  • April 15, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen Ang Lee's since the theaters

    by jimmy_009

    The ending was the worst piece of crap I've ever seen. No desire to ever see it again.

  • April 15, 2007, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Nortons better..

    by Redfive!

    Than adrien brody,i just wish he would of played banner earlier or bana would of reprised his role becuase i hate major cast changes.

  • April 15, 2007, 11:20 p.m. CST

    He should play Banner AND the Hulk! Teeth on the curb!

    by Flim Springfield


  • April 15, 2007, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Doesn't matter...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    If they're going to redo the whole "franchise" after only 3 years, this is just going to be a joke. Start from where the last movie left off — Jennifer Connelly and all — or don't bother.

  • April 15, 2007, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Adrien Brody cast in new Hulk film

    by Ricky Retardo

    Poop-Scoop: Adrien Brody has been cast in the new Hulk film as the super-villain, The Anteater.

  • April 15, 2007, 11:52 p.m. CST

    I suggested this...

    by Sizable Newt.

    Back when you reported that Dominic Purcell from Prison Break was up for the role. Very nice casting.

  • April 15, 2007, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Could it be with Marvel being the studio...

    by iron pills

    making the films, they're actually concerned with quality? It seems like a pretty good weeksworth of news. With the picture of Iron Man in his grey armor, and the casting of Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, it seems like another studio besides Sony is concerned with making really good Marvel superhero movies. Well Sony in regards to the Spiderman franchise, not neccessarily Ghost Rider.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:01 a.m. CST


    by El Scorcho

    Ed Norton sucks. Fuck this franchise, they clearly want to destroy it once and for all.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Adrien Brody is slated to play

    by Bronx Cheer


  • April 16, 2007, 12:35 a.m. CST

    I am...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...Jack's complete lack of an internal id.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by The Real MiraJeff

    This decision blows my mind, but for once, it's not the studio's decision that's mind-boggling. Why in name of All That Is Holy, did Norton take this role and all the baggage it comes with. If he wanted to go the comic book route, why not do, like, Watchmen, or be a villain in the Superman sequel, or put himself up for the Iron Man role. This just makes no sense. I mean, from the lovely little Down in the Valley to a Louis Letterier Hulk drama? His agent has some 'splainin to do...

  • April 16, 2007, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Ed Norton's not bad

    by veritasses

    but most of the time he borders on over acting.

  • April 16, 2007, 1:22 a.m. CST

    HOLY SHITx 3

    by Purgatori

    Wow!!! Okay this makes me fucking happy as all hell!

  • April 16, 2007, 1:25 a.m. CST

    But... it's still written by Zak Penn.


    I fear it.

  • April 16, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Exactly what is wrong with Ang Lee's HULK?

    by Hideo Kojima

    It's probably one of the BEST comic adaptations to ever hit the big screen. It seems like the two things that people bitch about is 1) the focus on characters and dialog and 2) the editing. It seems that those people are just pissed off because they were expecting a typical dumb action flick, but instead got an interesting story that really expands upon the themes presented in the comics... As for #2, I found the comic book style editing to be an excellent homage to the source material.... Funny, because you KNOW that if Michael Bay had directed Hulk and made it into a completely dumb action flick with a "more realistic Hulk design" you would all have been damning him to hell and back--damned if you do, damned if you don't, gotta love it.

  • April 16, 2007, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Why not Norton?


    Norton is a great actor and I'm suprised some folk think that a "movie like this is beneath him". Maybe he was/is a Hulk fan like we are/were. I see a new trend of top flight actors doing comicbook movies. Hurray for our side.

  • April 16, 2007, 2:06 a.m. CST

    I wonder.....

    by Delagoya

    If Ed Norton will have karate scenes? I can see Bruce Banner wrapping his labcoat around some bad dude's face and then giving him a spinning roundhouse kick! Well, maybe not. I hope Leterrier dies and they get Guillermo del Toro to take his place. Oh, and I hope Zak Penn's script vanishes from this existence so del Toro will have to write the script as well.

  • April 16, 2007, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Totally Hideo

    by Chilli815

    The Hulk wasn't a Spider-Man rip-off in terms of style, so of course it got univerally shit on. Fantastic film.

  • April 16, 2007, 2:15 a.m. CST

    I too don't understand the Hulk hate.

    by J-Dizzle

    I loved the movie and its comic book style editing. Sure, the final fight with David Banner was a huge let down, but I wouldn't go as far as condemn the entire movie. Overall I thought it was a great flick.

  • April 16, 2007, 2:41 a.m. CST

    I still dont see why this isnt a direct sequal to Hulk

    by boyblue

    Whith all the same players??? Does this mean every couple of years we will get other versions of spider-man, X-Men, Daredevil etc?

  • April 16, 2007, 2:55 a.m. CST


    by TheDohDoh

    Really stupid/shitty/semi-dubious headline. This is HULK-sized fucking news. This is probably the best casting for a comic movie since Bale was rumored way back when. Man, this just came out of nowhere - feels like a dream. The only problemo is the fucking director. Somebody grab an axe and escort Mr. Norton to the "green room."

  • April 16, 2007, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Weird casting

    by photoboy

    I don't don't know how I feel about this casting, it doesn't seem to be the sort of part Norton would normally do. Ah well, let's wait and see how it turns out. Could be worse, they could have hired Shia the Beef and Mikey Bay to direct!

  • April 16, 2007, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Eric Bana WAS Hulk

    by Lemming

    Everyone else just seems crap now...*sigh*

  • April 16, 2007, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Gotta say... GREAT casting call

    by Steve Rogers

    I wasn't in favour of replacing Bana at all, but Norton - great call. In the words of Lloyd Christmas "I didn't even see it coming!". Marvel Studios are really kicking ass with their casting of Marvel characters right now. First RDJ and now this? Take a bow, Marvel (and let's just hope the resulting films aren't shit!)

  • April 16, 2007, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Norton just wants a nice, big, juicy hit

    by DirkD13"

    Probably wants to direct a personal project or something and just needs to reinforce his box office muscle. Still great news, and a great cast is now virtually guaranteed. Letterier will probably end up as the action director or something (whatever you may think of the overall movie, Unleashed had absolutely knockout fight sequences).

  • April 16, 2007, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Replacing Bana

    by Chilli815

    I think it was actually the right call. The Hulk for me should be like James Bond, where the films are loosely connected and we get new actors in to show new layers to the role... Bana nailed the intense aspect, so perhaps Norton can show the continued acceptance, split-personality evolution of The Hulk.

  • April 16, 2007, 4:45 a.m. CST


    by BannedOnTheRun

    Hulk want good movie! Hulk no want puny movie! Hulk the strongest one there is!

  • April 16, 2007, 4:54 a.m. CST

    The ending was the worst piece of crap...

    by BannedOnTheRun

    Do you seriously have a problem with 25-foot-tall CGI Hulk wrestling a giant translucent jellyfish in near total darkness and defeating it with an Oedipal crying jag? Am I the only one here who expects the writing?

  • April 16, 2007, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Wait...this is a real movie?

    by CoursinLarry

    Hearing the names thrown around before (Brendan Fraser and the guy from Prison Break), I was under the impression that this would be a super-cheap shitty movie. Casting Edward Norton lends an incredible amount of cred to the flick. I want TONS of Hulk smashing stuff, but it's nice that we're going to get a fantastic Bruce Banner. You can count me as excited for this movie.

  • April 16, 2007, 5:20 a.m. CST

    They need to do some kind of similar redo for Superman

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    Get rid of every horrible angsty addition that Singer included in his unSuperman movie and go balls out. <BR><BR> Superman will be redone correctly, mark my words.

  • April 16, 2007, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Hulk Want To Kill Freddy Prinze Jr

    by themanwhojaped

    I, for one, think this is awesome casting. The whole problem with Ang Lee's film was that whilst Eric Bana may have hit the right character notes he was far too muscular. Bruce Banner is meant to be a total weed. I mean, Norton can beef up pretty hard when he has to, but he can also look like a pathetic weakling. As for Ang Lee's Hulk, I liked it. It was not without flaws, but it's still better than Elektra, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider or The Punisher. And Zak Penn being attached can NOT be a good thing. Give it to someone e who can do foreboding and personal horror and metamorphosis... Give it to CRONENBERG.

  • April 16, 2007, 6:33 a.m. CST

    IN the risk of repeating myself...

    by emeraldboy

    In another thread about this hulk movie. I did make the point that Schamus and lee had a string of mega hits under their belt and were hot at the bo. Universal said book em. The Hulk did well in its opening weekend and then What I called the arnie/sly brigade came on to this site and started to slate the movie and they hate arthouse films and so the film took a slide. Universal responded by hiring er, louis leterier, who has three piss poor action movies under his belt. Lee and schamus are two of the most successful writer/director out there. If you want crap youll get crap. But there are those people, who sadly want a balls to wall action hulk movie and really dont a give shite about the story. but that is the sly/arnie brigade for you.

  • April 16, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST

    solid casting choice...

    by just pillow talk

    poor director choice. I wonder how they will approach this one? More angst? More smashing?

  • April 16, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Agree on the ending of Hulk...

    by Steve Rogers

    it was virtually incomprehensible it was so gloomy and dark (and rather boring too, sadly). The other thing that was wrong with the first one was the "accident" that gave Bruce his powers - it was fucking DULL. Call the gamma bomb ludicrous all you like (this is a film with a giant green monster in BTW, ludicrous is entirely relative), but that sequence in Hulk #1, with Bruce racing to beat the deotnation, pushing Rick Jones to safety, and climaxing with that perfect Kirby image of a man frozen in the sky before a blossoming mushroom cloud... awesome stuff. As opposed to, ooh, Eric Bana just standing in front of something. I admired what Lee tried to do with the movie but it was still a flawed picture.

  • April 16, 2007, 7:07 a.m. CST

    ... oh yeah, and to whoever suggested Peter David?

    by Steve Rogers

    Would be FANTASTIC.

  • April 16, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Ed Norton...?

    by MonkeyManReturns

    Ed Norton? Ed Norton? What next? Lindsay Lohan as Betty - ugh!! No...please NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • April 16, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Hmmm weird

    by kafka07

    I'm not psyched about this casting. Would have prefered someone more nerdy. Maybe that skinny kid from Road Trip.

  • April 16, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST


    by Darksider

    Now if they could only make the Hulk actually scary and the plot less cartoony. Perhaps more like the tv show.

  • April 16, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    EmeraldBoy, those are lame excuses for HULK's B.O.

    by Blanket-Man

    First, it's opening weekend was pretty disappointing, consider the expectations. But what clinched it was the HUGE 70% drop in week two, which simply CANNOT by blamed on a few "arnie/sly brigade" TB'ers on this site! Lots of regular folks (e.g., not AICN readers) saw HULK during its opening weekend, and the numbers tell us that they warned their friends to stay away, en masse. That's how you end up with a 70% drop. The movie sucked, but Bana was far from its biggest problem. Methinks he was ditched to completely purge the sequel of ANY taint from the Ang Lee version. Norton's an exciting choice...

  • April 16, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Calm down sit down and think about what it!

    by boyblue

    As cool as this news is! Its still going to fuck up and concept of a cool Hulk franchise! Lets say Marvels plans work out and everybody forgets the First Hulk Movie (even though there is nothing wrong with it and it served its purpose as an origin flick) and the Incredible Hulk is a great film and does good BO! Will some one of Ed Nortons calibre come back and do Hulk3, Hulk4? I think we will enventualy get that DTV hulk sequal starring Steven Seagal at some point in the future!!

  • April 16, 2007, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Sam Elliott as General Ross!!

    by boyblue

    If this was so, It wouldnt be to bad! And if possible bring back Jennifer Connelly!

  • April 16, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Great choice

    by wash

    But then so were Eric Bana and Ang Lee, and we saw what happened there. The ratio of good Marvel movies to bad ones is totally fucked now so I'm not going to hold much hope for this one.

  • April 16, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Great casting!

    by caravaggio

  • April 16, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    The best homemade bread...

    by Breotan

    wrapped around dog poop is still a shit sandwich. "...and seeks to make a sequel that is less self-serious and more in line with the comic series and TV show." Yes, this is a shit sandwich and we're being forced to swallow it. Does anyone care that the comic book and the TV show are mutually exclusive? How do you get in line with two mutually exclusive things and have credibility?

  • April 16, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Great news.

    by The Founder

    this is good casting. Much better then casting then Eric Bana.

  • April 16, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Steve Buscemi needs to be cast as...

    by BukaHobbit

    Dr. Curt Connors, AKA the Lizard. That would be dream casting for me.

  • April 16, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    You know, this is actually "cool news"

    by feckdrinkarse

    So why disguise the story with that stupid fucking headline ? Why not simply; "Edward Norton is The Incredible Hulk!!" This talkback would have twice the posts it currently has if you did.

  • April 16, 2007, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by Kneel Before XOD

    This could be good...

  • April 16, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    It'll be wonderful to see Norton sleep for 2 hrs again!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    He's such a great sleeper in all films he's in. But why do some mistakenly call him actor? If you consider what he's doing "acting", then it's "sad, so sad", as he himself mumbled in that remake of "Manhunter"...

  • April 16, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Hulk grossed worldwide,

    by emeraldboy

    254,000,000. How can that in any be described as a faliure?

  • April 16, 2007, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I'm in

    by liljuniorbrown

    Nolte made the last Hulk flick waaaaaay to fucking weird for words. I mean I didn't even know what was going on at the end when they were fighting. I guess he was supposed to be the Absorbing man. Didn't work for me. Norton is Gold, he wouldn't have come on the flick if it didn't look like it was going in the right direction for him. He could have held out and got any other flick he wanted.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Hulk had a big budget ($137m)

    by feckdrinkarse

    I think it turned a profit eventually but it wasn't the success Universal had hoped for obviously. I bet they we're expecting at least $500m worldwide.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Hulk Opine On Interweb!!!

    by GOB Adama

    1.) Dave Chappelle as his sidekick. "I'm Rick Jones, bitch!" (just kidding). 2.) To any who are unaware: Bana didn't pass on this. This is more like a reboot. He wasn't offered this (so they say). 3.) MonkeyMan... Not to disparage your opinion, but I cannot see how you drew a line between Norton as Banner and Lohan as Betty. Seriously. How did you make THAT connection??? So say we all... or just me, I guess.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:13 p.m. CST

    so interesting, but what about the Green Guy?

    by oisin5199

    We know that they're using a different FX company, and since the last Hulk was based on Bana's features, I'm dying to see how they'll match up the new Hulk with Norton. And I think Mr. Norton is a fantastic actor who's a total chameleon and can do some real subtle shit with a look and quiet intonation. I think this is fantastic casting. I had nothing against Bana before, but he didn't really feel dynamic enough for me. His acting was probably one of the least interesting things about that film (which I still think is a pretty great film). Maybe Norton's contribution will raise this past the level of Transporter 2.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    the other question is

    by oisin5199

    who will play the Abomination? Is that what Dominic Purcell was up for?

  • April 16, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    the 70% drop off WAS caused by the "arnie crowd"

    by Hideo Kojima

    clearly not the crowd on AICN/TB but the general moving going public... how else do you explain Fantastic Four's success?

  • April 16, 2007, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Why change cast?!?

    by Axl Z

    burn effigies of Gere..

  • April 16, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST

    good sign

    by Rupee88

    Norton usually has some integrity, so hopefully he signed on with some belief this will be good. Of course they could have just thrown a boatload of money at him, but at least they hired a good actor and maybe the film will be worth something.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Great cashing!

    by Wormie

    I think Ang Lee's Hulk movie was great, but Norton seems more "Bannerish" than Eric Bana. What worries me about the new flick is the director, and the uncertainty about whether this is a sequel or not. It seems crazy to restart the series after just one flick, which may have underperformed at the box office, but was hardly a flop.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Interesting casting

    by MrJJonz

    Shame about the shite director who so far has only produced shite. Maybe he has been building up to something good . . .but methinks not. His remit from the studio will have been to make "Hulk Smash" constantly for 120 minutes becuase the less actioney Hulk didn't do so good.<P>You originally get a film with an ounce of intelligence and then it's sequel pops up and sheds any intelligence.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST

    First Rule of Hulk Club

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    You don't make Banner angry. You wouldn't like to see him angry.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Boring casting.

    by Blarney-Man

    He will make The Hulk into a sensitive trouble beast unable to feel real love for fearing of having his heart broke and going on a rampage to beat the bitch into the ground. I see this casting as suitable for an Ang Lee V2.0 Hulk, when I want a James Cameron Hulk.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I thought The Hulk was actually pretty good.

    by ewokstew

    Some parts, not so much, but overall I enjoyed it very much. I think the only universally agreed upon thing here is that the ending sucked.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:58 p.m. CST

    And, yes

    by ewokstew

    Ed Norton as Bruce Branner is freakin' brilliant casting.

  • April 16, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by ewokstew

    I need to wake up and type straight.

  • April 16, 2007, 1:05 p.m. CST

    SNL Belushi Hulk

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Was better than CGI Hulk. Loved Bana and the rest of the cast. It was the plot that sucked.

  • April 16, 2007, 1:36 p.m. CST

    American Hulkstory X

    by briantag

    Hulk's gotta eat!

  • April 16, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Hideo: Hulk vs. FF

    by Blanket-Man

    FF only made about 20 mil more than Hulk. I credit that to FF at least appealing to youngin's - my kids (elementary school age) love FF, but were bored by HULK. Hulk didn't appeal to enough adults to make up the difference.

  • April 16, 2007, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Blarney-Man, have you seen American History X?

    by oisin5199

    First rule of Hulk Fight Club: don't fuck with Ed Norton. He can be downright evil with a look and a word. So, I'm not worried about Hulk being too 'touchy-feely.'

  • April 16, 2007, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Hulk vs. U-Foes

    by just pillow talk

    I can definitely see FF appealing more to the kids than Hulk, with the Hulk being a big popcorn summer action flick. Hulk no want to think...Hulk want to smash!

  • April 16, 2007, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Too bad no Adrian Brody, but Norton is great!

    by trombone

    I was looking forward to Brody. To be honest, I'm suprised Marvel made such a good choice. Course now they really are getting my hopes up. Iron Man seems to be right on track. Norton as Hulk could be great. I saw the end of Transporter 2 the other day. Leterrier is MUCH better at shooting nail-biting actions scenes (although a bit overblown) than Ang Lee. I still think the key to the Hulk is the ANTICIPATION of a raging behemoth than the actual behemoth. Lou Ferrigno pulled that off incredibly with all his flexing--always had the feeling that he could kick much more ass than he actually did. And the Mike Deodato run on the Hulk comic strip did that great too. Much more Banner, less Hulk. That way they can save on special effects, too. I'm hoping Zack Penn did a bang up job on the script, I really am. I would love to love this movie.

  • April 16, 2007, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Farley Hulk from SNL?

    by trombone

    Anyone remember that from the death of Superman skit? That was awesome.

  • April 16, 2007, 2 p.m. CST

    Brokeback Hulk SUCKED!!!!!

    by Jobacca

    Seriously....the most entertaining part of that movie was the cameo by Lou Ferrigno and Stan Lee. The CGI was shit and the Hulk Dogs were laugh out loud stupid. They could slather Ed Norton with Green Paint and have him running along venice beach "smashing" people and it would be a step-up from the last movie.

  • April 16, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Jobacca is right

    by Deus Vult

    in the end I think he is. the hulk movie could have been cool, maybe even a kick ass time, but the cgi was the worst. you get better cig outta jurassic park THE FIRST ONE for God's sake!<p>norton's a cool guy, I'm glad he got the part. but in the end it's like playing robocop. who cares who's behind the mask? it could be anyone playing banner, even tim allen, as long as the hulk looks REALISTIC.<p>did I just say a giant green roid rage nut needs to look realistic?

  • April 16, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    So don't make him angry!

  • April 16, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Absorbing Man absorded Hulk's Anger, Fear not strength

    by George Newman

    The finale at the end of the first film looks bizarre, but the mushroom cloud thing was a physical representation of what banner absorded. He thought he would be gain the strength, the power, but all he got was Bruce's anger and fear and hate. I thought it was a fantastic character moment for the Hulk. . . I won't deny that at times the final fight is not satisfactory. When banner turns into a giant lightning man, it just looks silly. then while they fight in the rocks, the lighting is so murky and muted it frustrating.

  • April 16, 2007, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I was hoping for Tony "Zeus" Lister as Banner!

    by Dorothys Taint Again

    Why they always gotta give the big roles to whitey? <p> Seriously though, Tony Lister.

  • April 16, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Ed as Spock

    by bigbill

    He was always my first choice to play Spock in ST 11. He's got the subtlety necessary for the role.

  • April 16, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Why wasn't this posted this three days ago?

    by ODM

    GIMME SCOOPS! All this linking to Variety is pissing me off.

  • April 16, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST

    norton is great but............

    by sokitome

    i thnk norton is a great choice but the director is the dude from transporter 2? Cmon. i had to turn that movie off in the middle cuz it was so bad. the first was bad but i dont think it was lee's fault. the script was terrible with all that crap about daddy. they should have kept the same director and cast and just wrote a better script. NOrton is a great actor and would be great but even great actors with a bad director and script can still suck balls.

  • April 16, 2007, 6:13 p.m. CST

    The Northlander is pleased.

    by TheNorthlander

    But then again, every bit of news about the first movie made it seem exactly right. Not that I didn't like it, but it was a bit off.

  • April 16, 2007, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Great choice, but why would Norton do this now?

    by genro

    The guy has been offered dozens of superhero roles, and he chooses this? All credit to Arad, though.

  • April 16, 2007, 7:03 p.m. CST

    What the hell does Shatner have to do with the Hulk?/

    by Red43jes

    Whats up with AICN making weird headlines that have NOTHING to do with the article???

  • April 16, 2007, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Iron Man and Spider-Man were lovers in Wonderboys

    by Drath

    Just wanted to say it. *********************************** I hope they use the Fugitive as the guide for how to make this movie. I really don't like that they are ditching the casting of the previous film, but then I have to admit that I appreciate the fast reboot and recognition that the last effort was as tonally wrong as it could have been. Will they get smart and completely redo Fantastic Four before making another....oh, too late. Well there's still time to redo Superman with Jamie Bamber as Superman, Amanda Peet as Lois Lane, and Terry O'Quinn as Lex Luthor! Although, I do hope they keep using John Williams's music. Dropping that would be as stupid as dropping Elfman's Batman theme for Batman Forever.

  • April 16, 2007, 7:37 p.m. CST


    by Bruno Diaz

    That's perfect casting. I'm really glad this movie is happening. Ang Lee's version was crap. Although I did like the actual Hulk sequences.

  • April 16, 2007, 7:39 p.m. CST

    It's not "Hulk 2" and the Ang Lee version SUCKS.

    by ZeroCorpse

    This is a reboot, so they can sweep the embarrassment that was Ang Lee's Hulk Lite under the rug. Maybe some of you Ang Lee geeks and anime fans liked it, but to fans of the comics this was NOT the Hulk, and not even CLOSE to the Hulk in any way, shape, or form. It was a slow, ugly, boring, plodding story with hulk dogs, absorbing dad, and no decent action to speak of. How the HELL can you make a Hulk movie without action!?!? Yes, Jennifer was the hotness, but as Betty? No. She's not like Betty, and the character was written all wrong. Ang Lee's Hulk was to Marvel Comics as Singer's Superman Returns was to DC Comics.

  • April 16, 2007, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    ive dreamed of seeing Norton play a superhero...preferabley Daredevil, but this is awesome too. long live Norton!!!

  • April 16, 2007, 7:54 p.m. CST

    scratching head

    by HypeEndsHere

    so, wait, Norton is Banner and Shatner is the Hulk? wtf?

  • April 16, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST

    I took a shit and filmed the whole thing.

    by Harry Weinstein

    It was far better than Elektra, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider or The Punisher.

  • April 16, 2007, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Ben Stiller and Jenna Elfman

    by captain_kirk

    Will costar. Ben will be the rabbi who competes with the Hulk for Jenna Elfman's affections

  • April 16, 2007, 8:26 p.m. CST

    During ILLUSIONIST press circuit Norton said..

    by Sith42

    ..he really wanted to play a comic character. Going so far as to say Dr. Strange was one of his favorites, and was the inspiration for taking on the role in THE ILLUSIONIST. <P>,,2016615,00.html

  • April 16, 2007, 9:04 p.m. CST

    I don't understand

    by fluffybunnywhiskers

    why Norton would choose the Hulk though. I'm not a Hulk fan by any stretch of the imagination. I hated the first.. I like Norton, if the trailers seem promising I might see this. Only cause of Norton... if it turns out to be a good movie, I'll be pleasantly surprised. I dare not expect much from the director of the ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE LOOKING transporter 2 and the writer of really kiddie, dumbed-down ape-shit stupid scriptwriter on this...

  • April 16, 2007, 9:34 p.m. CST

    If Hulk reboot is a hit...

    by thevision

    Marvel should seriously reboot Daredevil. Let Frank Miller get creative control and have Robert Rodriguez or Zach Snyder do their thing. Edward Burns as Matt Murdock, Jolene Blalock as Elektra, Brendon Gleeson as the Kingpin, Jason Statham IN A BLOODY COSTUME as Bullseye, Mickey Rourke as Jack Murdock and Lance Henriksen as Stick. The poster should be Marvel Films presents: "Frank Miller's Daredevil, Man without Fear." Anyway, Ed Norton brings credibility to the Hulk, they should bring back Sam Eliot as General Ross.

  • April 16, 2007, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Second the "Daredevil" do-over

    by Gozu

    "Daredevil" followed the basic Daredevil-Elektra storyline, but fucked it up every chance it got. I didn't loathe Ang Lee's Hulk quite as much, but his approach was just wrong for what is pure power fantasy. I didn't see "Transporter 2," but "Unleashed"/"Danny the Dog" was pretty cool.

  • April 16, 2007, 9:53 p.m. CST

    What a Weird Turn of Events

    by Playhouse

    This whole project reeked of glorified Direct-to-Video or higher-end Sci-Fi Channel fare. But now, this really changes things. This has to be the oddest way a franchise has been handled in history. Sure, you could kind of point to Bond or the Burton/Schumacher Batman series. But this really stands on its own as an oddity. I really liked Ang Lee's Hulk and I wasn't too excited by the mindless "Hulk SMASH!" direction this film was taking. Norton's one of my faves, so this could turn out to be a well-done film.

  • April 16, 2007, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Me Hulk's complete lack of surprise

    by Skankardly

    the engine has started!

  • April 16, 2007, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Ang Lee's Hulk

    by themanwhojaped

    Would have been a lot more successful had it been marketed correctly. Although, I must agree that making a Hulk film without kick arse action must have been as difficult as making a film about a hot chick ninja assassin played by Jennifer Garner boring... Oh wait.. I think to do a Hulk film justice it should look to the early 20s run of the Incredible Hulk comics which had Bruce Banner being pursued across country by the forces of the law, being updated on the heat on his tail by the mysterious 'Mr Blue' on his laptop. That'd make for a good story..

  • April 16, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST


    by themanwhojaped

    And by early 20s I mean early 2000s.

  • April 17, 2007, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Eric Bana is dope but Ed Norton rules!!!

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Pump up the action and this flick could kick some ass.

  • April 17, 2007, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Fucking awesome is what I think Harry.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Now 1st. I loved Ang Lee's The Hulk. It was one of the better comic book movies. <BR> <BR> However this sounds like it's shaping up to be a real gem in itself. Ed Norton is one of my favorite actors. The guy is just the shit. He will own this role. Fantastic choice. Can't wait!

  • April 17, 2007, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Still Awesome

    by TheDohDoh

    Whoever sealed the deal on this casting should be getting a blowjob right now...because i'm sure they had to give Norton one for a good month. FUCKING AWESOME NEWS.

  • April 17, 2007, 3:08 a.m. CST


    by Darth Fabulous

    I can't believe the AICN staff isn't shitting all over themselves in excitement over this casting. They go from Dominic Purcell to David Duchovny to who knows to Edward Effing Norton??? If it wasn't almost May, I would think this was an April Fools joke. Still, this guy is a serious is this film going to stand apart from Ang Lee's version? How many times has there been a major league do over like this in film history with a property like The Hulk? I mean, where does Mori stand on this? Harry's intro to this story might just be the biggest "I don't give a flying shit", blah blah blah moment in the site's history...a perfect follow-up to him Fracture non-review. THIS IS EDWARD NORTON CAST AS THE HULK DAMMIT!

  • April 17, 2007, 3:56 a.m. CST

    of COURSE you had this news first...

    by henrydalton

    ...and just didn't post it. Christ, am I the only one sick of the constant 'actually I had this sent in/told me/was buttfucking the director the other day, but I promised not to tell until now...'

  • April 17, 2007, 4:03 a.m. CST

    A sound casting choice, but then so was Banna....

    by KillaKane

    After what most of the geek cognascenti deemed a flawed and patchy first outing, I'd hope that the scenario, pacing and script issues of the former make way for something a bit more dynamic and dare I say it, action packed ;-)

  • April 17, 2007, 5:19 a.m. CST

    The more I read about the casting of this

    by emeraldboy

    movie it sounds like the tv show. I wonder will Norton Channel bixby. Will there be any ponderous and sombre piano music and the end of the movie. Will there be any white shirts? There was a line in the Bana film where he is talking to Betty Ross about this monster within him and he ends The line by saying"and I like it". I am confused because now there making the tv show where he goes from town to town looking for a cure. To those who hate the bana film I say this lack of continuity will really fuck things up. Ang lee's movie did not even resemble the tv show in any way and There were a lot of people on this site who said that the tv was crap and out-dated. While I admire Norton as one of the great young actors of his generation. I still think, UNiversal should have based the first movie on the tv show. We are getting the sequel which will be, after first one which wasnt. That is odd filmmaking by any standards.

  • April 17, 2007, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Erm, I don't think Bana "passed on it"....

    by Sundaycall1

    and to all those squaking that there was "no problem what so ever with the first Hulk movie" are fucking kidding themselves. It wasn't a disaster and it was artistic and ambitious but the material, the tone, the approach and the expectation were just in complete disarray throughout. It didn't work. I didn't think Bana passed on this, the fact is the first movie stunk in the eyes of the studio and they want to revamp it with as little prelue to 2003 as possible. Bana, Connelly, Lee, all out. And yes Bana is a capable actor but he didn't disappear into the role like he could with Chopper and the fact is to play a part you need to look the part and you need to be able to vanish into that persona. Norton can play fractured genius/geek/under boiling rage filled nutter in his sleep and the physical contrast between wimpy looking Norton and giant green smashing machine will be great. Bana was decent but far from ideal. The Hulk was a mess. Norton is inspired casting.

  • April 17, 2007, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Okay, for the beginners...

    by Cameron1

    The Shatner thing is a reference to Fight Club where Tyler Durden asks The Narrator who he'd like to fight and he says...yeh you guessed it. It's a bit fucking obscure but I guess that's why they did it.

  • April 17, 2007, 7:41 a.m. CST

    it didn't hurt Bana's career

    by just pillow talk

    Plus Norton has done plenty of other good stuff before this, so it's not like this is 'launching' his career.

  • April 17, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute...

    by GOB Adama

    Edward Norton publicly stated an interest in playing Dr. Strange and winds up as Hulk on a calm day? Call the police! I have been robbed. So say we all... or just me, I guess.

  • April 17, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Dr Strange.

    by themanwhojaped

    You gotta admit, Ed Norton would have made a kick arse Dr Strange. Strange is a bit older, though. I think it could be a great role for Kyle Mclachlan (Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks) though. Who else would make a good Strange?

  • April 17, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Bana fans kidding themselves

    by Blanket-Man

    Seems like there are still some people out there who think HULK II was offered to Bana and he politely passed. Wake up and smell Crackajack Jackson's baked beans! I can't believe that Marvel, if given a choice between Bana and Norton, would in any universe give Bana right of first refusal. Bana was shit-canned - end of story!

  • April 17, 2007, 8:15 a.m. CST


    by GOB Adama

    Eric Bana did not pass nor was he 'shit-canned', as such. This is an entirely new 'Hulk' project, apparently. It would be like saying Bill Bixby was 'shit-canned' in favor of Bana the first time around. HOWEVER, given the close proximity of these projects, there is a touch of the 'shit-can' funk as the new is following so close to the old. It's weird, but it COULD work. In fact, I hope it does (and I liked Ang's imperfect little movie) as it could lead to more reboots (as mentioned above). So say we all... or just me, I suppose.

  • April 17, 2007, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Stephen Strange, MD

    by GOB Adama

    Oh, and as for who would make a good Dr. Strange? Well, that is just it... I have never heard nor thought of a name that I was satisfied with ('cause, you know, MY opinion is what would count *grin*). UNTIL, Norton, that is... Now it maybe that that ship has sailed. As it is I keep having to come up with slightly 'off-kilter' versions of Strange that would work in a film with this actor or that actor. Damn. So say we all... or just me, I guess.

  • April 17, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Ed Norton = Rorschach in WATCHMEN

    by PotSmokinAlien

    lets hope that can still happen. folks he is doing this hulk thing so he never has to worry about money ever again and he can make "prestige pictures" for the rest of his life. i'm sure they will toss some republican metaphors in this hulk to make him feel as though he is contributing to society as well.

  • April 17, 2007, 9:48 a.m. CST

    It's hard because the main attraction is all CGI.

    by heyscot

    And can't act other than yelling and destroying stuff. Lee's movie (and I'm a HUGE Ang Lee fan) seemed to suffer from a bad script as well as a bad choice to make it a little too comic strippy. That said, I LOVE Ed Norton and respect the hell out of him as an actor. This is going to be a tough, tough sell for them, though.

  • April 17, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    I actually liked Ang Lee's Hulk...

    by Lost Skeleton

    and I liked Eric Bana for the role...however, I think bringing Ed Norton along was the right move and focusing on the storyline from the t.v. show should help the box office since that is what most of the mainstream audience remembers. Great casting, I hope they pull it off.

  • April 17, 2007, 11:12 a.m. CST

    The Hulk Movie As The Fugitive

    by Barron34

    Drath mentioned that the Hulk movie should be patterned after the Fugitive. Good thinking. Basically, a super-powered version of the Fugitive where the pursurers are the entire U.S. Military and the pursued is a wily scientific genius/hero who transforms uncontrollably into the strongest creature on planet Earth when upset or angered. Ed Norton as Banner is very good casting (and he will be playing Banner, so they need to write up the Banner element of the story: tortured scientist who feels guilty that he has unleashed his inner demons as the Hulk, conflicted in part because the power of the Hulk is his Id unleashed). Anyway, Norton is a very good actor, and will do well as Banner, given a decent script. Too bad, in some ways, because I was always thought he would make a good Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, the wry, humorous, leftist version of Batman, more free-wheeling and fun than the dark, angsty Bat. Oh, well. Norton will make a good Banner. Whoever suggested that we may one day in the future be treated to a great Avengers movie: I hope so. Now that Marvel is getting control of more of its own film properties and developing them in-house under their own studio banner, it is defintiely time to "re-boot" some of the mis-fired properties, Daredevil chief amongst them. Whoever posted that list of Daredevil casting ideas with Ed Bruns as Murdock and Jolene Blalock as Elektra was definitely onto something. Defintiely needs to be re-booted. Finally, Ang Lee's Hulk movie was the first thing a super-hero movie should not be: dull. Eric Bana is a good actor, but he was mis-cast a Banner. Banner is a thin science geek who is tormented by what he has unleashed, the Hulk (a metaphor for the unleashing of atomic power, not childhood abuse, as in Ang Lee's movie). Bana is a conventional "hunky" movie lead, not a more idiosyncratic character actor type. Norton is a versatile actor with range, and he can play a skinny, geeky scientist, a heroic type, or a monster unleashed (see him in American History X, for example). I am defintily interested in seeing this movie.

  • April 17, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Doctor Strange

    by Barron34

    Norton would have made an interesting Doctor Strange. My vote, though, is for Jeremy Irons, who could be down-right frightening as Dr. Strange. I think a key to that movie would be making the CGI work to visually match the freaky other-wordly dimensions portrayed in the art from the original comic-books. Doctor Strange's world should basically be scary, and Dormammu should probably be the main villian. Throw in some sexy actress as love-interest Clea, put the fate of the Universe in as the stakes, and you have the makings of a movie. The key is that Strange is basically something of an anti-hero he deals in dark forces that no one else has either the guts or the ability to face.

  • April 17, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Why no one want make Hulk 2?

    by Fuck The Napkin

    Great article on The Onion written by The Hulk, for those who didn't read it at the time.

  • April 17, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    I know this, because Hulk knows this...

    by GOB Adama

    While I would pony up good money to see Mr. Irons as Dr. Strange, I doubt you could sell him as a comic book lead to anyone who 'matters' (and I use that last word loosely). Now ANIMATE the dang film and you have a shot. Norton, I think, would have been the most viable choice to bring a fan-acceptable AND marketable Stephen Strange to the screen. BUT Banner is in his destiny, it seems, and I like that so I will deal.

  • April 17, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST


    by slkboxrman

    how everyone in a talkback are experts on dialogue and flow of a movie and detailing in extreme big words what they think is wrong with a particular movie....get over yourselves ..."the material, the tone, the expectations, blah blah blah, blah." there was nothing wrong with the first hulk movie, for all u haters there was probably too much talking that it confused u, for the "big-word" semi-haters the comic book style of the movie prob distracted u from listening to the words and feeling the words eminate from the characters....u all a bunch of 'tards.... eric bana prob wanted tons more money for the sequel and the studio prob didnt want to budge,

  • April 17, 2007, noon CST

    I'm tellin' ya, man...

    by GOB Adama

    I don't know first hand, I can't prove it, and it don't matter anyhow... But I get the feeling THIS 'Hulk' movie was never even offered to Bana. I am sure that he (or his agent or however it works) had a conversation or three about a sequel at some point... but that wasn't THIS movie. So say we all... or just me, I suppose.

  • April 17, 2007, 12:12 p.m. CST

    I like Ang Lee's Hulk, but...

    by Turd Furgusen

    I can't wait to see what Norton does with the character.<p> Remember "Primal Fear" and "The Score"? <p> He can really play the dual characters well.

  • April 17, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST

    In this months issue of Total Film

    by papabendi

    Norton did an interview promoting The Painted Vail. In it he's asked; "What movies have you liked recently?" to which he replies "I like Chris Nolan's Batman Begins. I'm going to be heretical here and say I like that one more than Tim Burton's Batman. Nolan and Bale's qhole vibe was much truer to the frank miller Dark Knight comics I grew up with - a little bit grittier." Not such a stretch to imagine he would want to do an interesting take on a comic book character.

  • April 17, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Tyler Durden

    by GOB Adama

    There was a poster for 'Fight Club' back in the day. Seemed rare. You might of seen it, but not noted the subtle genius of it. It was a simple shot of Tyler in all his gaudy, dressed-up glory. He had a cig' in his mouth, I think and was (maybe) offering the viewer one as well (or maybe it was a bar of soap). Anyhow, the genius of it was: It was not Brad Pitt. You couldn't tell, unless you really looked, but it was Edward Norton as Tyler (what Tyler looked like to everyone else, maybe?). Made me realize that, despite his famous looks, a good actor with the right wardrobe (and make-up, presumably) can stand in for Brad Pitt and not even have to utter a word. So say we all... or just me, I guess.

  • April 17, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    "Now it's my good knee."

    by PotSmokinAlien

    i like him in MUNICH a ton, but you gotta admit bana was fuckin awful in HULK. ang's work was top notch though.

  • April 17, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Why Norton agreed:

    by snappy

    1. Fat paycheck. 2. Maybe he grew up reading comics and wants to be a superhero. 3. A bad comic movie is quickly forgotten as most critics have low expectations in any case, so even if Hulk 2 tanks, Norton can still walk away smelling of roses. B&R didn't stop Clooney's career, nor did Daredevil do for Affleck - he was already on the slippery slope before that. ;)

  • April 17, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by feckdrinkarse

    You're probably just making that up but I hope it's true. I hope Norton takes control of this project like he did with American History X.

  • April 17, 2007, 1:57 p.m. CST

    GOB Adama, is that poster real?

    by Cameron1

    becuase I want one right fucking now. Do you know anymore about it, was it in a theatre and billboard? I want it NOW.

  • April 17, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST

    All i will say is that Louis Leterier

    by emeraldboy

    Will want to watch his back. If Norton doesnt like the look, Norton will kick his ass. Just ask tony kaye. This movie no longer belongs to leterier. In fact leteriers days might be numbered. Wouldnt it be killer if norton demands that Universal pick up the phone and call Ang lee. Wow. or someone else. like spike lee.

  • April 17, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST

    "GOB Adama, is that poster real?"

    by GOB Adama

    Yes, but I have only ever seen it twice. Once was online and the other was in a head shop.

  • April 17, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by magnetoelectric

    Penn interview from yesterday.

  • April 17, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST

    shit if Ed Norton's in it...

    by quadrupletree

    count me in. I'm there.

  • April 17, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST

    shoulda got

    by foree forehead

    guy from the thin red line for a bixby-ish banner, jim caviezel. roy keane is a better ed norton than ed norton is, poorish choice. not the worst, better than some tv guy i suppose.

  • April 17, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST


    by HypeEndsHere

    Keeping the Faith. he directed. good Peter Salett music.

  • April 18, 2007, 12:14 a.m. CST

    i think

    by Tbuel

    it will work. Norton is strong. should be worthwhile

  • April 18, 2007, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Joseph Fiennes is Doctor Strange!

    by thevision

    C'mon guys, JF looks like Stephen Strange, like Toby Mcguire looks like Peter Parker. Fiennes has that aristocratic demeanor and he could play the arrogant MD to the hilt. Thanks for the Daredevil props Barron34, I thought of Ed Burns as Murdock when I caught that godawful "A Sound of Thunder" on cable. Burns is an Irish Catholic from NYC, the man is Matt Murdock. Ironically, the underrated Jolene Blalock was vying for Elektra against Shannon Elizabeth, Marvel was going with either/or but FOX insisted on Jennifer Garner. Check out Jolene as Medea in "Jason and the Argonauts" or more recently in "Slow Burn," she would make a great Elektra in a re-boot. Anyway, I'm jazzed Ed Norton is Banner, I like Eric Bana but he was horribly miscast in the first film. Ang Lee first offered the role to Billy Cruddup.

  • April 18, 2007, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Norton had the same problem as Ethan Hawke

    by GQtaste

    except only Eddie is coming to reality before Ethan ever did. As far as being elite snobs about projects they choose. Hawke, after "Reality Bites" thought he was too cool for school. Passed on all kinds of great roles. Then next thing you know Colin Farrell's getting offered what he used to, but Farrell's smart enough to take actaully play the game and do the films. Point is, Ed was just like that and I believe he's matured a little and is now ready to play the game w/ the rest of em. Plus this gives him quid pro qro for a few years for his pet projects.

  • April 18, 2007, 12:58 a.m. CST


    by captainkrk


  • April 18, 2007, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Alec Baldwin was the same as Ethan

    by thevision

    Turned Jack Ryan sequels to play Stanley Kowalski on Broadway. He's not doing infomercials or anything but he's back on TV. Alec could've played Jack Ryan till the present day.

  • April 18, 2007, 7:07 a.m. CST

    foree forehead

    by foree forehead

    loada bollocks there messi when you consider jack nicholson was the joker in the original batman. point being batman begins only tried to do what the burton batman did in the casting department in the first place.

  • April 18, 2007, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Jack Nicholson aside...

    by GOB Adama

    ...And as entertaing as old' Jack was in 'Batman', he was not the Joker I feel I'd been reading for years. But maybe that's me. ANYHOO, the calibre of actor in a comic book movie JUMPED when Ian McKellan played Magneto. I had considered mentioning Patrick Stewart as Prof. X in that, as well. However he was practically created for the part, so that is more destiny thatn good casting.

  • April 18, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Damn lack of 'edit'

    by GOB Adama

    "more destiny THAN good casting." I meant.

  • April 18, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Wow. How did I miss this GREAT news?

    by JDanielP

    Good luck with the flick!