Rumors are flying that Edward Norton is out as Bruce Banner (aka Incredible Hulk) and that Joaquin Phoenix has landed the role.
Sources are saying that Norton and Marvel has a serious falling out over creative differences — even though Norton’s agent says the actor was extremely excited to team up with Joss Whedon in the upcoming Avengers flick.
Why do we care? Well, there are some elements of green to this whole thing beyond the color of the Hulk’s skin. For one thing, Norton’s 2008 Hulk film was the first to receive the Environmental Media Association’s Green Seal in the credits. ”From the very beginning, Marvel, Universal, Edward Norton and I were all focused on making (‘Hulk’) a very green production,” Producer Gale Anne Hurd said. “One of our very first pre-production meetings with department heads was a green meeting.”
Obviously, Norton is a very dedicated conservationist. With him out of the picture, it’s unclear if Avengers will be as EMA-worthy as we’d like. Of course — Phoenix would be a brilliant choice to pick up the character, and as a vegan, animal-activist, might add a different shade of green to the set. What do you think of the replacement?
Expect this whole thing to be cleared up by Comic Con.