New Incredible Hulk TV Series Coming to ABC

As you’re probably aware, Mark Ruffalo will be playing the Hulk (or at least Bruce Banner) in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, which makes him the third actor to portray the character in a span of less than 10 years. A couple of weeks ago, Ruffalo hinted that he expected to stick with the role a little bit longer than either Eric Bana or Ed Norton, since Marvel apparently already have plans for a couple of Avengers movies and possible another solo Hulk flick as well. But what he might not have known is that Marvel is also teaming up with ABC for a brand new live action Incredible Hulk TV series. Maybe he spoke too soon?

Heat Vision reports that Hulk is one of two high priority properties taking shape over at Marvel Television right now, the other based on Marvel heroes Cloak and Dagger (aka Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen). That one is likely to be aimed at a younger audience and targeted for ABC Family, while Hulk would be a primetime series of some sort. It’s unclear if either show would be connected to or maintain continuity with Marvel’s feature films.

Earlier this month DC and Warner Brothers announced their intention to create a new Wonder Woman series, so it seems that live action superhero shows could be making a comeback. Both Wonder Woman and the The Incredible Hulk had very popular TV series in the late ’70s and early ’80s, but in recent years superheroes have mostly failed on TV due to limited budgets (Smallville being one of the few exceptions). I guess that’s why a Hulk show seems like an odd choice… in order to do it justice, it would require a massive amount of CGI work (unless they simply opt for another bodybuilder painted green). Could the Incredible Hulk succeed on the small screen again, or is this all just crazy talk?

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  • Brendan

    Hey, maybe Ruffalo did know, and he’s going to play Banner on the TV show too! Stranger things have happened.
    I’m interested to see how they do this series. Will they base it on the former tv series, the movies or go in another direction entirely?

  • Big Hungry

    I just hope they have a guy in makeup (LOU!)… I hate to say it but this is the only way this has ever worked for me.

  • Maopheus

    Argh, why. It was OK back in the ’70′s when things were more episodic, and Banner would just wander from town to town and take care of business. But it doesn’t work with the current TV standard. I always thought the Hulk mythology was the weakest among the big characters. Basically a misunderstood monster who is hunted and has anger issues. I don’t see much you can do with that. I thought it was hard to do it for a movie, now you’re talking TV? It’ll either be prohibitively expensive if done with CGI or really cheap and cheesy. Not only that but now you’re introducing probably a different continuity from the movies. Further confusion!

  • http://www.squidoo.com/moviepodcast azac

    @Maopheus

    It can be expensive and cheesy also as the last two Hulk movies showed. I’m sorry but the CGI Hulk and enemies in those two films were absolutely crap. Does that mean go back to the painted green bodybuilder for the TV series? Well, I don’t think that would work either so maybe come up with a different approach and technique or just drop the idea all together.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    i want you to pick lou ferrigno as the hulk and the voice. because hes 6′feet 5 inches tall and weigh 250Lb. lou is still big guy. no cgi use green make-up.to play bruce banner is edward norton.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    i don’t want marvel studios to have their way at all i want to ABC or disney have their way to film the incredible hulk tv show use the producer kenneth johnnson directed the hulk tv show again. ken should pick Edward Norton as david bruce banner.

  • Gilberto Edwards

    i want louie letteria to coming direct the incredible hulk new tv show. and pick lou ferrigno too play the hulk again. or who ever directed the new hulk tv series.

  • Hulk Fan

    I wouldn’t mind a new tv series, but I think you need to basically remake the original tv version. I wasn’t a big comic book reader so I didn’t like the movie versions, I widely preferred the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno version of the Hulk. I think that is what many television viewers remember.

  • Devrock

    Paul Rudd would make a good Bruce Banner if he lost a little weight. Or better yet, Noah Wiley. Creature effects should be a combination of CGI and makeup, similar to Mr. Hyde from the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie of a few years ago.

  • http://www.GilbertoEdwardsBlog.com Gilberto Edwards

    I want the Del Toro to pick for the first lead role as Bruce Banner is Edward Norton Second Lead is Danile Radcliffe from Harry Potter movie as the lead of Bruce Banner.

  • http://www.GilbertoEdwardsBlog.com Gilberto Edwards

    NEW HULK TV SHOW SHOULD Cast the Lead is Norton and or Radcliffe from harry potter movie.

  • Renato

    The new hulk series have to be like bixby serie..
    David Banner and Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) or another mr universe. On the action they could use CGI, BUT only on the hard actions…

  • Michael McDonnell

    Who should play Betty Ross Ideally?

    My choice for Bruce Banner would be Michael Shanks from Stargate SG1.

    My choice for General Ross would be Stephen Lang from Avatar.

    They might put a fake muscle suit on somebody like what Del Toro did with Hellboy for the Hulk.

  • Michael McDonnell

    Having the new series be a remake of the old series is a real problem it would just prevent the new series from creating it’s own identity and would just appeal to nostalgic douchebags not to a new generation.

  • Michael McDonnell

    The old series was just the Hulk fighting criminals I like the new series to have the Hulk fighting gamma mutants, gamma powered super soldiers and other superpowered enemies.

  • Michael McDonnell

    TV Hulk is going to have the same design and CG model from the Avengers to cut costs but not the same actor.

  • William McHale

    So, who is going to play the hulk? Is Lou Ferrigno going to return to tv, to play the role? I think that Lou should, because I think he fits the part the best.

  • Bill McHale

    I think that Lou should play the hulk, but I also understand that maybe he does not want to deal with all the makup and stuff anymore. But mabe they could make the cgi with a larger version of Lou Ferrigno, along with his voice, has anybody come up with that? Will allways love Mr. Ferrigno as the hulk.

  • godfearingwilly

    GOD PLEASE LET IT BE DONE RIGHT,JUST LIKE THE ORIGINAL.NO COMPUTER
    BULLSHIT,JUST REAL PEOPLE.THE COMPUTER CRAP IS WHY NONE OF THIS NEW
    STUFF LASTS MORE THAN ONE SEASON.RUFFALO AS BANNER AND SOME ONE THE SIZE
    OF LOU BACK THEN,LOU IS TO SMALL NOW,NO DISRESPECT HE IS THE ALL TIME
    GREATEST TO ME,BUT ITS JUST NOT FOR HIM NOW,BUT HE DOES NEED TO SHOW THE
    NEW GUY HOW TO BE THE PERFECT HULK CAUSE NO ONE CAN EVER REPLACE
    LOU,BUT SOME ONE LIKE MASON RYAN FROM WWE CAUSE HE NEEDS A GOOD JOB
    ANYWAYS,BUT KEEP THE THEME THE SAME AS IT WAS NO MUTANTS OR ALIENS OR
    STUPID LAME OLD CRAP LIKE THAT,THE ORIGINAL HAD NONE OF THAT SHIT AND
    THATS WHY IT STAYED ON FOR YEARS.IF ITS NOT BROKE DONT FIX IT,KEEP IT
    PERFECT JUST LIKE IT IS

  • jt33fgk

    In avengers hulk is hole lot let better in Edward Norton s hulk was perfect as well

  • jt33fgk

    It be Same hulk as Edward Norton s cgi

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