Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Incredible Shrulk

Back in 2003, the movie The Hulk earned $132 million at the US box office. Its performance was deemed a disappointment considering the built-in popularity of the source material. I've previously shared my thoughts on the movie noting that while I was a fan of both the live-action Incredible Hulk television series and Incredible Hulk cartoon, combining the two into one movie (with a CGI Hulk instead of a hand-drawn one) came off as kind of dumb. However, the folks at Marvel Comics and Universal Studios feel the Hulk still has earning potential so they have announced plans for a sequel/reboot for next summer. Eric Bana is out as Bruce Banner and super weenie Edward Norton is in. I see where they're coming from and I don't like it. They're adopting a copy cat strategy. Look at Spider-Man. It has Tobey Maguire, the biggest weenie of them all, as its star. My fear is that other classic super hero roles will begin to be filled by weenies and losers too. What if they decide to reboot Superman (again) with Jake Gyllenhaal or what if Richard Gere gets cast as a super hero? No, I don't like this trend. If Marvel wanted to make some green on the Hulk they should have cast Mike Myers as Bruce Banner so that when he gets angry he could turn into a giant green monster that would look something like the image below.

5 comments:

Martin Merx said...

I think the use of weenies as super heroes began with the Harry Potter series. That little punk is as weenie as it gets, but for some reason he is a teen sensation. Also, Sanjaya seemed to be the super star hero of American Idol weenies. Now if we can just vote to get rid of that entire weenie fest on Fox, I'd be a happy man.

Ty Perkins said...

I'd still rather see someone who can act turn into a CGI Superhero than some pro wrestler run around trying to act heroic.

morty said...

Apparently you didn't see The Scorpion King or at least you didn't appreciate the sublte intricacies of what that movie was trying to convey. OK. Just kidding. But weren't you a little disappointed at the end of The Mummy II when Brendan Fraser and the Mummy are racing to see who gets to fight the Scorpion King and then they get there and instead of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson it's a really bad CGI scorpion guy that only slightly resembles The Rock?

Ty Perkins said...

I'd forgotten about the CGI Dwayne The "Scorpion Guy" Rock. Man, what a shame that CGI work wasn't better. It was like really bad Playstation 1 CGI that my kid would say looks fake. My kids by the way find those movies (Mummy, Mummy II) to be quite entertaining. I think their O.K. They're right along the lines of my "Better-than-mowing-the-lawn" scale of movie watchability.

eric said...

Apparently I have been valuing my lawn far too much because it wins over any Brendan Fraser flick any day of the week.