Empire's New Photos of Wolverine and The Incredible Hulk
While not exactly a mainstream news source here in America, the British magazine Empire does score some pretty sweet exclusives, and this time they've got some new photos from both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Incredible Hulk. We've already seen the first photos from each movie (Wolverine here and Hulk here), so this isn't out first look, but these should hold us over until we get trailers for each of them. Thankfully a trailer for The Incredible Hulk is due out in March, but a Wolverine trailer we probably won't see until the summer, if even then.
First up are two new photos from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is currently filming down in New Zealand and will arrive in theaters on May 1st, 2009. They are the standard shots of Hugh Jackman looking gnarly as the superhero but don't feature anyone new from the spin-off. Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, and Lynn Collins also star as primary characters.
Second up are two new photos from The Incredible Hulk, which is in post-production and and will arrive in theaters on June 13th. With less then 4 months to go, we still haven't seen a poster, a trailer (or any footage), or even an official photo of Edward Norton as the Hulk and not just Bruce Banner. This first photo looks like Banner is about to become the Hulk, but that's not exactly what everyone wants to see. The second photo is of William Hurt as General Ross.
Hulk director Louis Leterrier also chimes in with Empire to talk briefly about the film and its connection to Greek gods.
"We didn't want to make a cerebral movie," he says of comparisons to Ang Lee's earlier film. "We wanted full action, Hulk smashing stuff up. But Ed Norton's script has given Bruce's story real gravitas – Marvel has always made their superhero movies with great actors to make it tangible and Ed has nailed it here. Admittedly, I'm not the most adult director, but just because we're making a superhero movie, it doesn't just have to appeal to 13-year-old boys. Ed and I both see superheroes as the new Greek gods, so there's a classical undercurrent to Bruce's psycho-drama. It's Prometheus, Pandora's Box, Hercules…but with explosions!"
The Incredible Hulk is directed by French filmmaker Louis Leterrier of The Transporter, Unleashed, and The Transporter 2. The script for the film was originally written by Zak Penn (Behind Enemy Lines, X-Men 2, X-Men 3), but after joining the film as the lead character Bruce Banner, Edward Norton himself took over the reigns and re-wrote the screenplay.