The newest Incredible Hulk movie is coming out this weekend, with the cool Edward Norton heading up the cast. I’m not planning to see it until I get some solid reviews and they had all better be on the positive side before I shovel out $8.50 to see it. Still, you have to recognize it for what it is. There are elements of shapeshifting romance in it. A bit freaky, perhaps, but they’re there.
Dr. David Banner turns into a monster and is on the race to find a cure. In the mean time, his lover, Dr. Betty Something-or-rather will do whatever she can to help him, despite her father wanting to use beloved Dr. Banner as a weapon. I could be wrong, but that has the makings of a romance to me.
But how far can we stretch the shapeshifting world? Would Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde be considered a shapeshifting romance? After all, he had this thing with Mary Reilly and his body (especially his mind) morphed into someone else. I guess the shapeshifting is subtle in his case, but it’s there. If we stretch our imaginations a little bit more, we could almost say that Frankenstein was a shapeshifter, thanks to the marvels of science gone awry. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any romance for him because he was so hell-bent on vengeance. I would say the Bride of Frankenstein might be the answer to that, but I haven’t seen one of the various forms of that movie in so long that I can’t be sure about the plot.
Should we place different criteria on these stories because we forget that they’re not like the average werewolf movie? Perhaps we don’t think about these movies as shapeshifters because we usually associate it with animals, mythological beings, or the like. I’d even go so far as to say that Spiderman has elemenst of shapeshifter romance simply because he is part spider and in love with his Mary Jane.
So what do you think? Are these (and others) the forgotten shapeshifter romances or not? And if they’re forgotten, why do you think that’s so?