Joss Whedon talks about the difficulty of making a HULK movie

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Last week we brought you a rumor that had me Hulk Smashing my trousers: That Marvel was looking to do a standalone Hulk movie based on acclaimed comic story arc “Planet Hulk” that would set up a “World War Hulk” adaptation for The Avengers 3.

But according to the man who’s brought us the best version of the character thus far, it won’t be easy.

While The Avengers director, Joss Whedon, didn’t directly address the Planet Hulk rumours (his words would probably cleave the internet in twain if he did) he spoke to reporters at the Glasgow Film Festival after being asked if we would see a Hulk standalone movie being made.

“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 favour 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.”

Personally I feel that both Ang Lee and Louis Letterrier’s Hulk movies did a few things right, though they both also had some missteps (Hulk Poodles? Really?!) with Whedon showing for the first time just how fun the character could be. But of course he didn’t have to build an entire movie around him.

It’s definitely going to take a director with a substantial understanding and comic book fanboy level love of the Hulk, and a deft touch when it comes to balancing character and action.

Say, Mr Whedon, now who do we know that fits that description?

Last Updated: February 27, 2013

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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