Back in August, my fellow writer on this site, Alan Stanley Blair, wrote an interesting piece on what he felt was too many comic book adaptations being done for movies and television. I'm glad I wasn't around him whenever he heard the news that broke in the last few days.
First came the news from Marvel that Guillermo del Toro ("Hellboy") and David Eick ("Battlestar Galactica") are teaming up to bring the Incredible Hulk back to television. The new series will be produced by ABC Studios and Marvel TV, which was launched this year, and will be aired on ABC. However, do not look for Bruce Banner to be as he was portrayed by the late Bill Bixby in the series that ran from 1978-82. According to sources, Banner will be cast in his 20s and will more energetic and hopeful for the world.
Also, unlike the two recent movies, the Hulk will not be strictly a CGI creation, nor will it be a muscular man with green makeup. The rumors are that the Hulk will be created with a combination of prosthetics, puppetry and CGI. How will this make the green-skinned wonder appear on the screen is anyone's guess, but with the right special effects folks in charge, it will be awesome, that is for sure.
Reportedly, the target date for the Hulk to explode on our television screens will be sometime after "The Avengers" movie is released in 2012, as the Hulk is, supposedly, having a major part in the film, thus providing a great springboard for the new show. As a fan of the original who was glad to see the most recent big-screen presentation of Hulk patterned after the original series, I will be interested in what becomes of this new idea for the show.
Now, if that wasn't enough to get a comic book fan's attention, then came the other story to get them even more excited. Right now this is still more rumor than verifiable facts, but starting to generate buzz. According to reports that have originated on Comic Book Movie, Warner Bros. has begun work on a possible return to television by none other than the Caped Crusader. According to the site's sources, an executive has been assigned to the project who has been involved in such series as ER, The West Wing and The Mentalist, just to name a few.
There are two items of note about this proposed series. The first is that they are considering bringing back the Joker, but with the infamous clown prince of crime being presented in a way much different from the incredible job done by the late Heath Ledger. If they do make the character different from Ledger's Joker, this will be a good thing as, quite frankly, you can't have Batman without the Joker to torment him.
The other news is that the Warner Bros. executives are considering casting an actor in the type of Star Trek's Karl Urban as Batman/Bruce Wayne. This indicates that the new series will not be a remake of the famous series from the 1960s, but a serious take on the character, which is long overdue for the television audience.
Remember, the news about Batman is still in the rumor stage, but it is a very interesting one to say the least. I'll have updates as they become available.
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