How will 'Man of Steel' measure up?
'The Incredible Hulk' (2008)
This was a strange one: A completely new take on a well-known character just five years after a film about said character disappointed at the U.S. box office (Another case study: The two "Punisher" films, separated by just four years). No, it's not a great film, and it's arguably not even as good as Universal and Ang Lee's divisively arty "Hulk," but as a reboot of the character it worked, revamping the Hulk's backstory, bringing in other elements of the then-new Marvel Movie Universe (including Tony "Iron Man" Stark), and paving the way for the big green guy's key appearance in 2012's "The Avengers." While, for consistency's sake, it's a shame that Marvel wasn't able to keep Edward Norton on board for "The Avengers," Mark Ruffalo ultimately proved to be a stronger choice for the role anyway. Third time's the charm.