The Avengers director Joss Whedon has revealed how he “started fresh” with the character of Hulk.
Next year’s all star Marvel superhero movie sees Mark Ruffalo take on the role of Bruce Banner and his giant green alter-ego. Two aborted Hulk film franchises have seen Edward Norton and Eric Bana play him once each.
Now, Whedon has revealed how he and Ruffalo developed the character, using Bill Bixby‘s portrayal from the 1970s TV series The Incredible Hulk as their inspiration. He told Movie Talk: “He and I did the most character work of anyone, because we really were starting fresh, but we were starting with something that had been embodied several times.
“And both of us agreed upfront that the template for who we wanted this guy to be in his life was Bill Bixby, the TV [show character] who was busy helping other people. That was more interesting to us than the Banner in the first two movies who was always fixated on curing himself.”
Whedon went on to describe the method the pair went into;
We spent a lot of time talking about what makes us Hulk out, the nature of anger, how it feels. We even fought some. I mean literally we actually got some pads out and did some tussling.
“Just to talk about physicality, and also the physicality of somebody who was to control this thing, and the way he moves in space and the way he relates to the people and the objects around him.
He concluded: “It was extremely fun. What we found was that he could be very bumbling and kind of awkward, but at the same time very graceful and in this almost transcendent control of himself.”
Hulk joins Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and Black Widow in The Avengers, which is due for release next year. You can watch the teaser trailer below.