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A Few Less-Than-Incredible Details on the Incredible Hulk TV Series

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?Remember when it leaked that Marvel was working on a slew of superhero series, first and foremost a new Incredible Hulk show? Well, Deadline has some details, and — well, none of it is dire or anything, but I’m having some doubts about the project. These details include:

? The show will feature Bruce Banner in his ’20s — Probably fine, as long as that’s closer to 27 than 21.
? The show will feature the Hulk’s origin — UGH. GAMMA BOMB RADIATION. EVEN MY MOM KNOWS THIS. WE DON’T NEED TO SEE IT AGAIN.
? The Hulk will be a mix of practical effects and CGI — Worrisome. I honestly don’t know how they can make a decent looking CG Hulk each week. Obviously, painting a bodybuilder green is even less practical, so I don’t know what the alternative would be, but this is still worrisome.
? Guillermo del Toro and Battlestar Galactica producer David Eick are negotiating to be showrunners, and del Toro will direct the pilot — I’m beginning to wonder if I even like del Toro. I thought the two Hellboy movies were okay, and Pan’s Labyrinth was better visually than it was aactual movie. Although how he’d be as a producer of a TV series is admittedly anyone’s guess.

Now, the show won’t even air until 2012, so pretty much all of this can change. But you know the biggest problem, the one that I’ve been blocking out for months? That Jeph Loeb is head of Marvel’s TV division. The man who got fired from Heroes for being too awful is in charge of the Hulk show, and everything else Marvel does. Additionally, Jeph Loeb has been writing terrible Hulk stories for years, specifically the awful Red Hulk, which would probably be a lock to show up in a live-action Hulk TV series at some point. Yuck. Although admittedly, I don’t know if Red Hulk is any worse than the third season of Heroes.

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