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New Incredible Hulk film better than last 2

I had the chance last night to see an advance screening of the new animated movie Planet Hulk, based on the Marvel Comics storyline. It was on the higher end of Saturday morning fare, though not as good as some other recent superhero animated movies like Superman/Batman: Public Enemies or Wonder Woman. Still, it was worlds better than either of the Hulk feature films (sorry, Ang Lee).

The movie is half space opera, half gladiator film. It utilizes the strengths of animation well, creating epic action sequences that would likely be cost prohibitive in a live-action film.

If you're interested in seeing Hulk smashing things, this movie delivers, along with some fun cameos from other heroes, including recent box office sensation Iron Man.

The screening also included a panel with some of the film's creators, as well as comic creator and television writer/producer Jeph Loeb (Lost, Heroes, Smallville). It was moderated by G4's Blair Butler, a true geek through and through who played to the comic loving audience well. Rick Wasserman, who did the voice of the Hulk, was also a funny, likable guy (despite his stereotypical actor scarf). Fun Fact: He's also the voice of AMC; he did a faux Mad Men promo during the panel.

The movie is available to own Feb. 2. Check out the trailer below:

You can also read more about the Los Angeles premiere here.

Photo: Albert Domasin via Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0