Leterrier Hulks out over the Avengers, the Marvel team-up movie

The following was originally posted on IGN.com:

During a recent, spoiler-filled exclusive one-on-one chat with Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier, the filmmaker informed IGN Movies about other Marvel comics he'd like to adapt for the big screen, namely The Avengers. Marvel has slated the highly anticipated superhero team-up movie for a July 2011 release. Here's what Leterrier had to say about the film (BEWARE OF MAJOR SPOILERS):


IGN: Clearly, The Avengers film is going to have its own writer or writers. But seeing how you've redefined the Hulk as a live-action character, how do you see him fitting into an Avengers movie?

Louis Leterrier: That's why I kept the door open at the end. You know at the end when Edward opens his eyes and he's in control of the Hulk now, he's got somewhat of a malicious look on him. Is he good or is he bad? Has he decided to get vengeance upon this world that has treated him like a monster and recluse for so long? Or is he becoming a hero? And that's what I want to keep the door open for. If it's a Hulk movie, he'll be good. But if it's an Avengers movie, I'd love for Hulk to be what all these guys like Peter David and even Damon Lindelof… with his Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk that they'll never finish, where Hulk is this crazy, man-eating creature that needs to be stopped. And that nothing can stop, except maybe love — his love for Betty. And Betty dying afterward makes him an uncontrollable creature. All that stuff keeps the door open. That's why Edward is so good with that sort of riding the line and being on the edge of the razor. Is he a good guy? Is he a bad guy? He can communicate this with just one look. So that look was very important for me to set up possibly a sequel — he's a good guy and a hero — or a different incarnation in either Iron Man 2 or in The Avengers, definitely.

IGN: Would you be interested in directing The Avengers movie?

Leterrier: I have tons of time. So far, I have tons of time. I'd love to do it. It would be so amazing. I absolutely love Spider-Man. I think Sam Raimi is a genius and he's the reason why I make movies. Evil Dead 2 is the reason why I make movies. But The X-Men series with this really interesting ensemble cast, it's so amazing for me as a director. It's such a fantasy for me to direct amazing actors in these weird sorts of fantasy roles that I'd love to do an Avengers movie. And also The Avengers, it's fun, it's big, it's huge, it's something you've never seen before. And I'd love to do that.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA ON HULK – The real deal!

The following was originally posted on SOS Hollywood:

After last week’s interview by director Louis Leterrier to G4TV – when he mentioned a possible cameo of Captain America on the upcoming The Incredible Hulk – everyone who had the chance to watch the movie was frustrated by not seeing the beloved character or perhaps his shield again. And that’s true: he is NOT on the final cut. However, it doesn’t mean he’s not there. On an exclusive interview to SOS Hollywood, Louis Leterrier revealed the secret — beware of the spoilers!

“There’s a point when Bruce Banner gives up on his quest for the cure and decide to kill himself. So he travels far North and reaches the Arctic Circle. You might have seen bits of it in some of the promos. The result was a very dark and strong scene, which Marvel, me and everyone else’s considered to be too hard to young audiences to take, so we’ve cut it. Having that said, when Bruce arrives at his destination he meets up with Captain America! At some point this week, we will make it available on the internet – but I cannot tell you where or when – and the material will definitely be on the DVD.”

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Louis Leterrier says fans can expect 70 MINUTES of Additional Footage on the INCREDIBLE HULK Blu-Ray DVD!

The following was originally posted on Collider.com:

If you're a fan of Marvel's movies and have been awaiting Hulk you'll love what's posted below. And in the next day or so we'll be posting the entire interview but until then here's the juicy comments.

Question:
You recently did an interview where you said that in Iron Man there is a Captain America shield, but in our movie we have Captain America.

Louis Leterrier:
Wait, that's crazy. Did I say that?

Question: You did say that. You did say that and so there's been a lot of I've looked online. Many people are talking about this.

Louis Leterrier:
I knew. I threw one like this I was like let's see how many pick it up.

Question:
So is Captain America in the movie as an Easter Egg?

Louis Leterrier: Yes.

Question: Could you be a little more specific?

Louis Leterrier: No, I can't. Otherwise it's not fun. Are you crazy? Its an Easter egg.

Question: But is it like a throwaway gag like or is it a real kind of a thing?

Louis Leterrier: It's an Easter egg. It's not like oh, it's Captain America and it changes everything. It's still a Hulk movie, but it's really Captain America and it's there, you'll see. It's the real deal. You have to look for it.

Question:
When did you shoot the �Iron Man� sequence�the Robert Downey, Jr. sequence?

Louis Leterrier: It was the last thing we shot. It was�

Question: Was it always going to be in the movie?

Louis Leterrier: No, I begged Kevin Fiege, the President of Marvel when I knew that Robert got cast, I was like we have to do crossovers. Crossovers it's the future of movie making. Now that you have this, I was the one to beg them to do crossovers and then they said Robert is going to be tough to convince, you know, and all that stuff and everything. So eventually I got to talk to Robert and we liked each other and he said, okay I'll come for a, I've got 5 hours that day. Let's shoot in L.A. We were on the way back from Brazil about to go to the North Pole to shoot the opening sequence, with one day in L.A. actually. Iron Man was doing lots of reshooting. They reshot like 2 weeks or something and they had like a day where they could give us a day, so I just directed Iron Man crew for one day. I brought William Hurt that day and that was it. It was great. It was fantastic.

Question: I have to ask you there's been a lot of talk about the 2 different cuts that exist on the movie. Obviously the DVD is going to have more footage.

Louis Leterrier:
Yeah.

Question:
So, could you talk about what was cut out of the film, like is there 15 minutes?

Louis Leterrier: No, the final way of me cutting this maybe there's like 10-15 minutes of stuff, but there's a lot of stuff like on the Blue-Ray I think we'll have 70 minutes of stuff.

Question: Seventeen or

Louis Leterrier: Seventy. 7-0.


Question:
70!

Louis Leterrier:
Yeah, because you shoot a lot of stuff, yeah. What's another picture? Yeah, but that's what great. It's like the back story. It's more the sequel to the Ang Lee movie.

Question:
I have to ask you, so the Blue-Ray, the DVD just has a little bit�

Louis Leterrier: No the Blue-Ray, it's whatever we can put on the DVD. Like DVD's you have like 3 hours of like yeah, you have a limit of 3 hours of footage and stuff. The Blue-Ray you have something like 100 hours, so if they do a double DVD but like the Blue-Ray is what's going to be good. So on the Blue-Ray I'm trying to put as much of the stuff, I want to put everything we shot, you know? I'm not the kind of guy that likes to keep the stuff for myself. I'm like, okay you student filmmakers, here's what I did right and here's what I did wrong and in some of the stuff, in the 70 minutes, there's some great stuff and there's some really horrible stuff, but you'll see it all, you know?

Question:
What about the behind-the-scenes material?

Louis Leterrier:
Oh there's like tons of stuff like great stuff. That's actually much longer. We've got like 3 hours of material, how we made the Hulk and everything. That's great stuff.

Question:
Getting into the 70, is it all character stuff? Is it certain�

Louis Leterrier:
Oh, there's action stuff. There's everything. We cut everything. We give you the nice haircut like yours.

Question: Yeah, exactly. But I have to do the follow-up. Obviously Edward has been, well was vocal a little while ago about wanting to want a more character, there was a lot of debate online�

Louis Leterrier:
No, I know what you�

Question: And so what was he looking for vs. what was put out?

Louis Leterrier:
I think he was looking for, I think what happened, no. I'll tell you what happened exactly because I knew the timing exactly. You know when you do your first movie, you do an assembly. Everything that you've shot you put it into an assembly. Then after the assembly, you screen it. And it's called a suicide run because it's absolutely horrible. You want to commit suicide after you see it. You're like, oh I wasted 2 years of my life, $150 million. This is the worst movie ever. I'm like a terrible director. You cannot act. You're a terrible producer. So after this we had a meeting just like this like a round table where I go okay we have to find solutions. And then we were screaming stuff and everything. Maybe somebody walked in, a PA or somebody walked in, somebody who's not used to it and we're having a conversation and Edward was like, no, Edward's very vocal. He won't say, he's like, come on man, and he's not arguing. That's how Edward is. I'm sure you guys have met him, you know, he'll be like (making sounds) and the guy walks in and he's like okay, Edward Norton is arguing about the cut and everything. And he walks out and (sounds of typewriter) they're arguing. The next day when the Nikki Finke, Nicky Fink or whatever her name is, article came out, Edward was right next to me. He's like, you want to laugh? I'm like, Yeah, what's up� Read this. Oh, shit, you know. But I thought it would blow over. I was like, yeah okay. It's like the same thing you see Britney Spears and everything. I was okay, funny. It's like TMZ.com. I didn't care. I was like okay, cool. And then we kept on cutting and cutting and it became bigger and bigger and people were calling me and then Universal were calling, everything's okay and everything? and I was like, Edward's right here next to me. Talk to Edward. Hey man, we're cool. It's me it was just a little argument. Then Edward because he finished, he was an actor. He had written a couple of versions of the screenplay and then he moved on. He did his thing. It just blew over. Everybody was really surprised and Edward was like, yeah it must have been a slow week in Hollywood if I'm like the you know if I become the Britney Spears of Hollywood.� So it's just..

Question: So that was it?

Louis Leterrier:
That was it. That was it. We had to kill babies. We killed some of my babies, some of his babies. Like in the 70 minutes in you'll see a scene that was actually in the trailer where you see the Ty Burrell character having a nice introspective talk with Edward. But you saw the movie guys. You know, it's the moment where he spends the night with Betty and then she has a boyfriend and then they talked together and then it's everything you know. It's like, it was a long scene to give us an excuse to get that cool punch line that was given in the trailer like you know, you've never seen something, you know maybe you should see a shrink and he says no, you've haven't seen a patient like me or something like that. Just for one punch line�a long scene like that. I go, okay maybe we don't need that. And it just started moving forward. The problem with that suicide run, that suicide cut, was that it was a lot of stops and go and stops and go and stops and go and just the way I describe it to you, you know. The Arctic scene, stop. The credit sequence, go. Brazil, stop. Transformation, go and stop. It didn't feel like a good fugitive movie like the Bourne Supremacy, like The Fugitive with Harrison Ford. These movies keep on going. They never stop, you know and we had to find something that is and it takes time to do that, you know and next time I'll know. When I do the first screening first of all, don't do your meeting right after it because everybody's like ahh, I fucking hate you, you know? Do it a couple of days after and then do it behind closed door because no one can understand that. It's really tough. You become really emotional. It's 2 years of your life. It's your own thing. It's like keep it for yourself.

Question: I have to do one quick follow-up. Comic-Con's coming up in July, obviously you might go down there for Hulk, do you think�

Louis Leterrier:
I don't know.

Question: Well, maybe. Do you think there's any chance of you showing some of those deleted scenes you talked about the 70 minutes at Comic-Con for the fans?

Louis Leterrier: Guys, do not do this--and action.

Question: No, but I'm being serious. That might a really nice treat for the fans.

Louis Leterrier:
That would be nice, yeah. We'll see. It's just I tell you; it's not that interesting. I mean, it's interesting buy only the good stuff is in the movie. We just took out the bad stuff that's why. We didn't take out any of the good stuff otherwise it would be a shame. No, really I swear.

Question: Anything about a sequel yet?

Louis Leterrier:
Sequel? Maybe. Maybe. We'll know on Saturday.

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The Incredible Hulk Review (SPOILERS)

Disclaimer

Whether or not you enjoyed 2003's Hulk (and for the record I did) is irrelevant to your enjoyment of (or not) The Incredible Hulk (2008). The Incredible Hulk (2008) is an entirely different beast, and has about as much connection to Hulk (2003) as Universal's Frankenstein (1931) has with Hammer Film's Curse of Frankenstein (1957); although both films are based on the same character and share much of the supporting cast, they are completely independent of one one other and exist in their own universe.

End Disclaimer

With that disclaimer out of the way, what is relevant to the enjoyment of The Incredible Hulk (2008)? Good question! Are you a fan of:

The Incredible Hulk comic book series?
The Incredible Hulk TV series?
The various Hulk animated series?
The Hulk: Ultimate Destruction Video Game?
Action/Adventure, Comic Book, Drama, Horror or Sci-Fi films?

If you are not a fan of any of these, sadly, you will probably not enjoy this film. But, if you enjoy just one of the items listed above, you will love this film!

The Incredible Hulk is a film based on Marvel's character The Hulk. Although the film is not based on any particular comic book, television show or video game, it does incorporate elements from all three genres, resulting in a very satisfying, pulse pounding 1 hour and fifty-five minute romp!

The film begins with a credit sequence that economically shows how Bruce Banner became the Hulk and brings us up to speed in regards to his current situation. Sitting in a chair very reminiscent to the one Bill Bixby's David Banner was sitting in when he subjected himself to an accidental overdose of gamma radiation, the experiment goes wrong and Bruce Hulks out. His love interest, Betty Ross is hurt in the ensuing rampage, cementing General Ross's (Betty's father and project leader) hate for Banner/Hulk. The credit sequence goes on to show that Bruce is now on the run, and through the clever use of newspaper headlines, how "Green Sasquatch" sightings are being reported all over the globe.

With the credit sequence now over, Banner now finds himself living in a favela (the Brazilian equivalent of a slum or shanty town) in Rio. He is trying to rid himself of the raging beast within, and is getting help from a mysterious Mr. Blue via an encrypted chat server. After yet another failure, Mr. Blue convinces Banner to send him a sample of his blood so that he may be of more help.

At about the same time, General Ross learns the current whereabouts of Banner and assembles a covert black ops team to take Banner in. This team is lead by one Emil Blonsky, a career soldier. Born in the Soviet Union but raised in England, he is currently on loan to General Ross via the British Armed forces.

What follows next is one of the most spectacular scenes of the film, and it's all real, no CG in sight.

For those of you that may be put off by the use of CG in the film, get over it! It's 2008 and the reality of the situation is that just about every film currently being released contains varying degrees of CG. The key to convincingly incorporating CG into a live action film is to only use CG when it is absolutely necessary. And when you are dealing with two 10-12 feet tall, monstrously proportioned, heavily muscled characters, CG is a must. But other than the exception of the Hulk and the Abomination, the rest of the film is green screen free. And the film is better for it.

Back to the favela rooftop chase scene; It is a pulse pounding, balls to the wall action sequence featuring Blonsky and crew chasing Banner over the rooftop slums of Rio. Casino Royal's opening chase scene in Madagascar was good; The Incredible Hulk's opening chase scene in Rio is better. Much better.

This scene leads directly to the second Hulk out (the credits being the first). The change occurs in the cover of darkness and is very evocative of the initial appearance of the Xenomorph in Alien. The Hulk is portrayed as a frightening, menacing creature lurking in the dark and snatching victims before anyone knows what is going on. The Hulk also speaks for the first time here; a very low, guttural "Leave me alone". But he is not left alone, and destruction ensues. When the Hulk finally does step out of the shadows we get a very clear look at his face. This is a weary and weathered Hulk; you can get the sense that he is tired of running, tired of being pursued, tired of being provoked. The CG is flawless; THIS is the image that should have been released as a high resolution wallpaper. The face is very reminiscent of a Sal Buscema/Bob Larkin Hulk and is intimidating/menacing/powerful.

When we next see Banner he is Guatemala, courtesy of the Hulk. While Banner begins the long trek back to the States in attempt to rid himself of the Hulk, General Ross fills Blonsky in on who/what Banner is and goads him into undergoing an experimental process first created in the early 1940's, codenamed Super Soldier. Blonsky is then injected with a low dose of a serum created by one Dr. Reinstein, whom comic book fans should recognize as the scientist responsible for transforming Steve Rodgers into Captain America. Marvel is definitely laying the foundation for their "Cinematic Universe" and fans will find these other easter eggs quite satisfying.

What happens next? Well while this is intended to be a spoiler filled review, it's not meant to be the Cliff's Notes version of the film and I'm not going to give a scene by scene breakdown.

But from this point in the film the plot is firmly established; Banner is back in the States looking for a cure and General Ross is in pursuit, determined to capture and weaponize him. Along the way Blonsky's mental state rapidly deteriorates as he seeks even more power than what Ross has already given him while Banner finds out that trusting 'Mr. Blue" (Samuel Sterns AKA The Leader) was perhaps not the best decision. All of this leads to a final showdown approximately 20 minutes in length that takes place in Manhattan between the Hulk and the Abomination. It is a fight that puts Iron Man's fight with The Iron Monger to shame, both in terms of ferocity and excitement. You get the sense that either the Hulk or the Abomination could take out both Iron Man and Iron Manger in just a few seconds. Speaking of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk features Stark Tech throughout (the sound cannons WERE AWESOME!!) also similarly features a great epilogue scene, hinting at the coming formation of an Avengers team.

In summary, The Incredible Hulk is a fast paced, pulse pounding, action film. The majority of the characters are well thought out, developed and NOT one dimensional. There are nods to both the comic book and television series, and perhaps just as importantly, to 2005's Hulk Ultimate Destruction video game. The CG is almost perfect; the Abomination's CG is consistently good throughout and the Hulk looks great in almost every scene. The CG Hulk particularly shines during the cave scene with Betty, as he convincingly displays a wide range of emotions, and is perhaps my favorite scene of the film.

Which brings up an important point; though The Incredible Hulk IS a fast paced, balls to the wall action film, it IS also, at it's core, a love story between Bruce Banner and Betty Ross. Huh? Not macho enough for you? Get over it.

TV show fans, why was Dr. David Banner searching for a way to tap into the hidden strength that all humans have? Oh, yeah, that's right, he couldn't save Laura, his wife, from a burning car and as a result became obsessed with gaining the power that he lacked that fateful day.

Comic book fans, who is the one constant in Bruce's life, the one who grounds him, gives him a reason to go on; a purpose? That's right, it's Betty! And in film, just like in the comics, it's Betty who gives the Hulk a reason to persevere and fight on.

Bruno

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Click here to check out the trailer for the Incredible Hulk, in theaters June 13th.

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Comic Con Updates

Hey Guys,

Sorry for the lack of recent updates. They will be up this by this weekend. In the meantime, please check the message boards for all the latest news on the Incredible Hulk.

Bruno

Hulk a Smash At CFB Trenton

The following was originally posted on The Kingston Whig-Standard:

The Hulk has arrived. Sort of. Filming for The Incredible Hulk, the next cinematic take on the rage-filled giant of Marvel Comics fame, began in Trenton yesterday.

But don't look for any towering superheroes or explosions: the actual Hulk is an entirely digital character, and scenes being shot here are relatively quiet.

The loudest noise is likely to come from the Bell 212 Twin Huey helicopters rented by the production team.

"We're thrilled to be here," executive producer Jim Van Wyck said yesterday during a brief interview.

The first scene was being filmed near the passenger terminal along Highway 2 at the base's eastern limit. Crews were planning to be shooting between about 3 p.m. and 3 a.m. both yesterday and today.

"We're getting some footage of Hummers and commandos coming through a gate," Van Wyck said, as extras in green camouflage milled around near the crew.

He said the Trenton shooting will amount to "probably about five to 10 minutes" in the final feature and involve mostly shots on the runway, with some filming happening inside a Canadian CC-130 Hercules air transport.

"People that work here will certainly recognize the base" on the screen, he said. "We're very excited about shooting C-130s and the base."

He added that comes with its own challenges.

"The biggest thing is we're inside a restricted area and so we need constant help from the base, and they've been incredibly supportive and helpful," he said, giving special recognition to Capt. Nicole Meszaros, a public affairs officer at the base.

The movie stars Edward Norton as scientist-turned-superhero Bruce Banner and Liv Tyler as Betty Ross, Banner's girlfriend and fellow scientist.

William Hurt takes over the role of her father, the Hulk-hunting Gen. Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross.

Tim Roth is Emil Blonsky, who in the comic books becomes the supervillain known as the Abomination after exposing himself to the same radiation that unleashed Banner's inner Hulk.

Of the major players, only Hurt and Roth are here. Neither was on the set for yesterday's initial shot.

The extras, meanwhile, are playing U.S. soldiers.

"Pretty much everybody is from this area," said Van Wyck.

Marvel's typically secretive security on the set makes even the base's usual military restrictions seem easygoing. All photography apart from production stills is banned, and Van Wyck said apologetically that very little can be said about the actual plot.

"All I can tell you is he's still being pursued," he told The Intelligencer last month. "The Hulk is a good soul. He's a defensive creature.

"It's just when he's attacked that he responds ... The response is usually fairly devastating and that's why he wants to find a cure: to rid himself of this thing that he becomes."

The devastation, however, is being saved for locations such as Toronto and Hamilton, where the pyrotechnics will be used. No such special effects are being shot in Trenton, Van Wyck said.

Filming is expected to last 18 weeks: 15 in Canada, two in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and one in New York.

Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, Alien: Resurrection) is directing; the screenplay has been written by Zak Penn, who also wrote the last two X-Men films.

The Incredible Hulk hits theatres June 13, 2008.

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Official Incredible Hulk Website Open

Head on over to TheIncredibleHulk.net and check out the official site for the upcoming film.

Bruno

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THE INCREDIBLE HULK at Comic Con

THE INCREDIBLE HULK at Comic Con!

Get your mean, green Hulk fix at the Marvel panel on Saturday, July 28th at 4:15pm in Hall H. Actors Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, and director Louis Leterrier, along with producers Avi Arad and Gale Anne Hurd and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, will talk about the new film and answer questions from fans!

Calling all Hulk fans!

Are a Hulk superfan? Do you have a question for The Incredible Hulk filmmakers? Then stop by the Marvel Entertainment booth #2429 at Comic Con from 10-1 on Friday the 27th and 10-2 on Saturday the 28th, and ask the filmmakers of The Incredible Hulk your burning questions about the making of the movie. You could end up on the official movie website! Think you've got the best Hulk impression around? Show us what you've got!

Bruno

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