We had already heard the reports that the 'Incredible Hulk' was making a return to the small screen via the cooperative power of Marvel, ABC and Disney, but what we hadn't learned was how they planned to get people to actually care. Deadline has the answer: Get 'Hellboy' and 'Pan's Labyrinth' director Guillermo Del Toro and 'Battlestar Galactica' executive producer David Eick to create the show.
It's a choice bound to please movie nerds and comic geeks alike simply because, well, have you seen a Del Toro film? Did you watch 'Battlestar Galactica'? If the answer to both of those questions is yes and you don't feel the need to flip out and do a little happy dance (preferably in the privacy or your own home) then what is wrong with you?
Surely you know who the Hulk is from the hundreds of comic books following his adventures, 2003's 'Hulk' directed by Ang Lee and the 2008 reboot 'The Incredible Hulk' directed by Louis Letterier. However, the exploits of Dr. Bruce Banner and his green, smash-happy alter ego have best embedded themselves into popular consciousness through the 1978-1982 TV series starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno, so perhaps the small screen is the best home for the angry superhero.
Here's what we know about the show so far:
"...the series will follow an origin story. In it, physicist Bruce Banner, whose alter ego is the green and raging Hulk, will be in his mid-twenties, less reactive and more energized as the world is still his oyster."
In other words, we know next to nothing. After all, the show probably won't hit the air until 2012 and a pilot isn't even written yet. We do know that Del Toro and Eick will write the story and share creator credit, Eick will pen the pilot and Del Toro will direct unless something like, oh, maybe his $100 million 3D HP Lovecraft adaptation, gets in the way.
Every couple of months, a doomsayer crawls out of the woodwork and announces that the superhero movie is dead, but when absurdly talented people are bringing internationally famous characters to television, you can put your money on the genre thriving for at least a few more years. Love 'em or hate 'em, superheroes have gone mainstream and comic book geekery continues to put butts in theater seats and, as Del Toro, Eick, Disney, Marvel and ABC all surely hope, families in front of the television.