Deadline is reporting that they’ve basically found the man they want to play Dr. Bruce Banner in The Avengers : Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). He’s currently in “final negotiations” for the part.
I can’t even decide if he’ll be good or not. I’m biased. Ever since an Eloquent suggested Bryan Cranston, it’s all that I could think about. Breaking Bad is the perfect training for playing Bruce. He already plays an individual with a dark secret and he’s so good at showing the slowly bubbling anger. Sigh. It would’ve been a blast.
I’ve heard that Banner might not even be a big role in this. It would make sense to focus on the “Hulk as an Unstoppable Force of Nature” idea. It’d be something that would require multiple superheroes to stop. And then by the third act an even greater problem would arise and the time honored “first they fight and then team-up” could occur.
Ruffalo isn’t terrible by any means. He impressed me in Zodiac and The Brothers Bloom. I’d even say he deserves a little more attention in next year’s Pajiba Ten.
So what’s it gonna be? Will you believe him as a haunted and hunted man on the run? Or will you join my “Cranston 4 Teh Hulk” Facebook group? If it works, my next project is getting Betty White to replace Scarlett Johansson.