In an exclusive interview with Wizard‘s Rickey Purdin, Leterrier explains his approach to Incredible Hulk:
“It’s a fresh start because I saw there is a real fan base for Ang Lee’s movie…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.”
Quite the diplomat, that Leterrier. The director goes on to say that although his film retains some of Hulk‘s elements — such as the single-minded pursuit of the Hulk by General “Thunderbolt” Ross — it promises to deliver higher-stakes action. From the article:
“Obviously, General Ross is the villain, so he had to be in it…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.”
Longtime Hulk fans can also plan on seeing such classic characters as Doc Samson and The Leader when Incredible Hulk debuts on June 13, 2008.