News: Hulk to Return to TV?

Hitfix is reporting that a new Incredible Hulk series is on its way to television. A live-action version of the Hulk was successful before, in the 1970s with Lou Ferrigno and Bill Bixby, and ABC (a Disney subsidiary, along with Marvel) is hoping that after the success of The Avengers, they can carry that success into television. The show isn’t ready for the new fall season, but is expected for 2013.

Personally, I think it would be pretty cool to see the Hulk on the small screen. I wonder, though, how well it’ll work… even though CG effects are getting cheaper all the time, it’s still likely to be prohibitively expensive, and I don’t think the audience is going to cut them any slack if it’s not up to par with the movie appearance. I also wonder what type of storylines it’ll have; will it be more of the “Wandering Stranger” archtype that the Bixby/Ferrigno series used? Regardless, I’m interested in seeing how this turns out.

Hitfix also mentions that a Punisher series is under development for FOX, and that ABC has currently stalled on AKA Jessica Jones, based on Marvel’s Alias series (using a different name than the comic, of course, due to ABC’s earlier series of that title.) Either could be interesting, but I don’t have as much personal enthusiasm for those. The Punisher is unlikely to work as a protagonist for an extended series, in my opinion; if it’s true to his comic book characterization, he’s going to be too dark for mainstream audiences to root for week after week (I suspect this is part of why the Punisher movies have been lackluster successes at best.) AKA Jessica Jones has some definite potential, but it’ll be a lot like the short-lived Human Target series that DC Comics created for FOX; if it gets made, it’ll live or die entirely as its own thing, as most people won’t recognize it as “a comic book property”. That’s not a reflection on its quality, simply a statement that its recognizability is the same as an unknown property to most people.

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11 Responses to News: Hulk to Return to TV?

  1. Bubbawheat says:

    I’m not sure what I’d think of a Hulk show. The original was a classic that I never actually saw. Seems like it might be another wax and wane of superhero shows from a few years ago with Heroes and a bunch of other shows, to this past season with zero shows that I can think of. And now they may be having another comeback, depending on how well Arrow does next season.

    • I’m not surprised they’re on the upswing again, and that they’re trying more traditional heroes now. As the movies go, so goes the TV. I’d like to see the Hulk on the TV again, but I’m not sure on how well it would actually turn out.

      Arrow… that’s the Green Arrow Smallville-esque project, right? Is that on the CW or somewhere else?

      And there was a story a while back about Syfy optioning Booster Gold, which I’d really like to see.

      • Bubbawheat says:

        Yeah, it’s the Green Arrow CW show. Completely forgot about the Booster Gold project, remember hearing a lot of people talking about it when it was announced, then it just disappeared. I’m not very familiar with him outside of DC Universe Online which I played for a month, but he sounds like an interesting character for a show.

        • I think he could have a lot of potential as a more fun superhero series. Of course, that familiarity issue is going to be even more the case for most people, since he’s had almost no outside-of-comics publicity before now.

  2. I’d be very interested to see this back on the small screen. Was a great show back in the day. I’m guessing Ruffalo wouldn’t star?

    • I’m thinking that’s a good guess. While it wouldn’t be completely out of the question, I suspect a TV contract for Ruffalo wouldn’t come cheap, and they’re already going to be straining their budget with the special effects just to have the Hulk there.

  3. Jaina says:

    I’m not sure about this. While it’d be great to see comic book heroes on TV, like you, just don’t know how it’ll work. Especially with the films. How will it tie in? Will it tie in? Is it just going to confuse?

    Can imagine Hulk working as a decent character drama … something a little different. Though with the Wonder Woman tv pilot bombing, is this one going to go much further?

    • All of those are valid questions. If I were to take a guess, I’d say that the TV series will probably not directly contradict the movies, but won’t directly connect either — just sort of a “more adventures of the Hulk” kind of thing.

      And yeah, the Wonder Woman pilot bombed, but that was at least partly because it was getting seriously derailed from the Wonder Woman canon. I hate to say it, since I’m a DC Comics fan first and foremost, but Marvel seems to have a much better grasp on adapting their properties to other media right now.

  4. Andrew says:

    I’d love to see Big Green get his own show again, but I’m curious about how this would pan out. Would Marvel go for continuity and lobby for Ruffalo to star? What format will it follow? I’d be all for a show focusing on Ruffalo that’s structured in the same vein as the Bixby show, but anything beyond that I’d be wary of; Ruffalo really makes the character work, but apart from that I don’t know how good an idea it is to have a fourth Hulk running around on TV if he’s left untethered from the Marvel brand. Still, I like the idea, so I’ll give it a chance.

    The Punisher, I think, could work on something like FX, but on FOX…yeah, I agree. Sounds like a failure waiting to happen.

    • Valid points on the Hulk; I agree it’d be a much stronger show if Ruffalo stars, I just don’t see it as being very likely. But I’ll be giving it a chance when it hits, whatever the structure and star is.

      Good point about FX… The Shield in particular showed that they were willing to go beyond the normal boundaries, and I think The Punisher really needs a similar amount of free rein to be “disturbing” to people.

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