The new Disney+ series from Marvel Studios, She-Hulk, at his best. The show is based on the character created by Stan Lee and John Buscema and first appeared in 1980. But this isn’t the first time they’ve tried to get a live-action version off the ground. Best Movies Ever Madethe official Twitter account of the podcast of the same name, recently posted photos of an unproduced She-Hulk 1991 movie.
The film had planned to star six-foot model-turned-actress Brigitte Nielsen. She made her film debut as a heroine in Sonja Reddistant cousin of Arnold Schwarzenegger Conan the barbarian series (he appears – but not as Conan). The great framed actress continued to Rocky IV and Cobra, with then-husband Sylvester Stallone. Her stature seemed like a perfect fit to play Bruce Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters.
His first appearance was actually supposed to be in the 1990 TV movie The Death of the Incredible Hulk, but that was scrapped with ABC’s plans to give him his own show. New World Pictures, which actually seemed to be a little below Cannon Films, had enlisted Larry Cohen, director of It’s alive, to direct this film. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the film would not go beyond the promotional photos posted on Twitter by Best Movies Never Made. Nielsen had fallen into oblivion before resurfacing in VH1 surreal lifewhere she started a romance with rapper Flavor Flav and recently made an appearance in Creed II as the ex-wife of Ivan Drago.
Here’s a taste of what Nielsen would have looked like as She-Hulk. Check out the rest of the footage via the embedded tweet below!
It’s worth remembering that before the company became the juggernaut it is today, Marvel hadn’t had so much luck adapting its properties to live-action in the past. Their now infamous 1990 Captain America the movie was very much like a Cannon movie, and there was this TERRIBLE The Fantastic Four movie that was never meant to be released. Their biggest hits came from television, with shows from the 70s The Incredible Hulk light up primetime just like the comic book adaptation (although a different company), Wonderwoman, also did. Somehow we doubt She-Hulk would have made a big difference to the comic book company’s big-screen aspirations.
What do you think? Would it have been a cult classic today?