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Can Edward Norton make a 'Hulk' smash?

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Ed_lSure, all you comics fanboys are scoffing at the notion of Edward Norton playing Bruce Banner in an attempt to reboot the Hulk movie franchise. Not because of any lack of talent on Norton’s part, but because the Ang Lee version was so underwhelming that the mere idea of another Hulk flick sounds like throwing good money after bad; nor does hiring as the director the guy best known for the Transporter movies ā€” grimly efficient pulp thrillers that were not exactly rich in the operatic emotions that fuel the Hulk saga ā€” inspire a lot of confidence.

Still, I have hope. First, Norton certainly has experience playing guys with split personalities (see Primal Fear, Fight Club, and, to a lesser extent, American History X, pictured). Second, the screenwriter is Zak Penn, who seems to be the go-to guy for screenplays from the Marvel-verse (he did a decent job with two of the X-Men films, an OK job on Fantastic Four, and a forgettable job on Elektra). Finally, I look forward to seeing Norton do rage. He’ll be the first Hulk to beat himself up (badum bum). And swag bags make him… very… angry…

What say you, PopWatchers? Does the prospect of Norton rockin’ the purple pants fill you with anticipation or make you turn a livid green?

addCredit(“American History X: Everett Collection”)