Friday night, the kids and I stayed up to watch Planet Hulk on the Disney channel. Planet Hulk is a direct-to-video animated flick based on a 2006 crossover storyline in the Hulk comics. The premise of the story is that Hulk has been banished against his will (and Bruce Banner’s?) to a quiet and uninhabited planet so that he can do no harm to others. Instead, his ship takes a different trajectory and lands on the planet Sakaar, an inhabited planet ruled by “The Red King.”
In a plot line that (as it seems to me) borrows heavily from Ridley Scott’s 2000 film Gladiator starring Russell Crowe, Hulk is enslaved and forced to fight gladiatorial games for the amusement of the Red King and the populace in a large arena. He becomes the leader for other prisoners, and eventually takes on the Red King himself. As I watched the film, it was extremely reminiscent of Gladiator. I like Gladiator, and the film wasn’t bad, but it seemed cliched tens years later after the original film.
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