In an article at Entertainment Weekly, actor Edward Norton answered the rumors of a row between himself and Marvel. “Like so many people I’ve loved the story of ‘The Hulk’ since I was a kid,” Norton said, “so it was thrilling when Marvel asked me to write and help produce an altogether new screen incarnation, as well as play Bruce Banner. I grew up reading Marvel Comics and always loved the mythic dimension and contemporary themes in the stories, and I’m proud of the script I wrote. In every phase of production, including the editing, working with Louis Leterrier has been wonderful … I’ve never had a better partner, and the collaboration with all the rest of the creative team has been terrific. Every good movie gets forged through collaboration, and different ideas among people who are all committed and respect the validity of each other’s opinions is the heart of filmmaking. Regrettably, our healthy process, which is and should be a private matter, was misrepresented publicly as a ‘dispute,’ seized on by people looking for a good story, and has been distorted to such a degree that it risks distracting from the film itself, which Marvel, Universal and I refuse to let happen. It has always been my firm conviction that films should speak for themselves and that knowing too much about how they are made diminishes the magic of watching them. All of us believe ‘The Incredible Hulk’ will excite old fans and create new ones and be a huge hit … our focus has always been to deliver the Hulk that people have been waiting for and keep the worldwide love affair with the big green guy going strong.”
Eagle-eyed reader Shawn Richter was the first to let us know about this first look at action figures from the film, also from Entertainment Weekly. Mmm, articulated …
Wanna check out Tony Stark’s house? Yahoo! Movies has posted a new video where director Jon Favreau gives you a full tour …
JoBlo.com has a first look at actress Rachel Nichols in character as Scarlett.
We got an email from TV Guide’s Rich Sands pointing out the magazine’s first look at the newest animated version of the Green Goblin.
MARVEL ‘TOONS ONLINE
Apparently, you can check out full episodes of some of Marvel’s animated hits (with more to come) at MarvelKids.com.
SANDY, CAN WE ROLL THAT CLIP?
We can’t do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos — they’re all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, “What do you mean your sister’s dating somebody who works for Warner Brothers?” The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web’s rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we’ve got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, we’ve got fresh comics reviews online and [tagline due to return with new WGA drafts next week].