Lee's movie is said to explore the darker, more complicated nature of the Hulk-Banner relationship — and is a far cry from the series that ran on CBS from 1978 to 1982. Some fans who eagerly watched Bill Bixby hitchhike his way from town to town and a green-skinned, wig-wearing Lou Ferrigno run around in ripped jeans may admit that the show was a bit cheesy. But they also credit the show with making The Hulk one of the summer's most anticipated movies.
"I really believe that the TV series has some fond memories for a lot of people who may have watched it as children and those people have passed on that love to their children," said Gabriel. "Sure, some of the special effects are outdated compared to what can be done today. But some of the stories are timeless."
Timeless — just like the green monster within us all. Maybe when Bill Bixby's Banner told reporter Jack McGee, "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry," he really meant "Don't make me angry. I just might like it when I'm angry."