The Incredible Hulk is smashing its way onto the big screen this summer, and is going in a completely different direction than Ang Lee's Hulk. In an interview with Wizard Magazine, director Louis Letterrier talks about the choice to break away from Lee's film, and the villains who will confront the Hulk.
"It's a fresh start because I saw there is a real fan base for Ang Lee's movie," said Leterrier. "I didn't want to offend [those fans] in any way, and also I like the movie. It was very interesting. [But] it was weaker ground to build a big franchise upon so we decided to scrap it and establish it from bases that are more comic book-based and TV show-based."
Letterrier's film keeps some elements from Lee's movie, including General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross and his hunt for Bruce Banner and his green-skinned alter ego. However other villains from the pages of Marvel Comics will battle against the Hulk as well.
"Obviously, General Ross is the villain, so he had to be in it," added Leterrier. "But the Abomination, Emil Blonsky, was who Marvel wanted to put in this chapter-the first chapter of our new saga-because he's the most famous. He's an enemy that can actually threaten the Hulk. It's very important for me that there is a danger. When Bruce Banner is Hulk, I didn't feel in Ang Lee's Hulk that there was any threat. He was invincible. So with Abomination there's actually a monster that can, you know, kill him when he's in the Hulk form."
And the Abomination (played by Tim Roth) won't be alone. The Incredible Hulk also introduces Samuel Sterns (played by Tim Blake Nelson), who will become the gamma irradiated super-genius, the Leader. Doc Samson, Banner's therapist who gains super-strength of his own will also appear, played by Ty Burrell.
The Incredible Hulk hits theatres June 13, 2008, and stars Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, William Hurt and Tim Roth.