The Trial of the Incredible Hulk

Released 1989


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Bill Bixby
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On the run again and trying to find a way to cope with his destructive alter ego, Dr. David Banner (Bill Bixby) is jailed for assault after interrupting a mugging. Blind attorney Matt Murdock (Rex Smith) enlists Banner's help in locating the muggers because he believes they work for his longtime foe, Fisk, the head of an international crime network. But David, afraid of public exposure, breaks out of jail as the Hulk (Lou Ferrigno). Tracking David down, Murdock reveals his own secret: His blindness came from a radioactive spill, and after developing his other senses so incredibly, he has become the amazingly athletic crime fighter called Daredevil. Fisk must now face off against Daredevil and the fury of the invincible, Incredible Hulk!
  • Basically, A Daredevil Television Pilot

    The Trial of the Incredible Hulk is a fun television movie, which serves as a "backdoor" pilot to a Daredevil series that didn't get picked up. It's fun to watch, but not always for the right reasons.

    Throughout the 1980s, Marvel Comics was trying to get its popular character made into film and television shows. It was not always a especially successful task.

    Howard The Duck was a huge commercial and critical failure. The cartoon shows were something of a mixed bag, and live action film and television projects tended to windup as direct to home video release.

    The Incredible Hulk television series (1976 - 1983) was one of the few successful projects featuring Marvel Comics characters.

    Hence, one of the few viable ways for television shows starring Marvel Comics characters to be made, was to attach it to the Incredible Hulk series.

    Hence two of the three Incredible Hulk television movies to be made, were an attempt to green light a new superhero series. Several more backdoor pilots would have been made, had Bill Bixby not died in 1993.

    The Trial of The Incredible Hulk seems to have a barebones, basic understanding of the Daredevil comic character. This is in contrast to the backdoor pilot featuring Thor.

    The cast and production values are good, taking into account that this was designed for the late 1980s, network . Had Daredevil's costume looked better, and had Wilson Fisk's criminal empire looked a bit more, like, you know, a serious international criminal empire, the series would had a better chance of getting picked up by a network.

    Sadly, Daredevil's costume looks positively goofy, and basically announces to the bad guys the the superhero is deaf.

    While, Davies is a fine choice for the Kingpin, his is not given much to do. You don't really get sense that he runs an international criminal empire. He comes off as a highly skilled bank robber, which is not really what the Kindpin of Crime does.

    The Trial of the Incredible Hulk is fun to watch for the Stan Lee cameo, the Incredible Hulk television stars reuniting, and the effort involved in adapting a dark and gritty superhero for late 1980s, network television.moreless

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