Originally Posted by metaphysician
Why wouldn't they? All the best Hulk runs have a strong emphasis on Banner as a character. Yes, even the Peter David run: the Professor Hulk is essentially "Banner in the Hulk's body."
Depends on what you mean by a "strong emphasis". I certainly would not mind if the movies/TV shows gave Banner the same amount of emphasis that the comics do. But Hollywood kicked the Hulk completely out of the narrative and gave ALL
the emphasis to Banner.
So far, it's had very limited success (two movies that don't make the same money as Thor and Cap and a TV show with tepid ratings)...so maybe Hollywood should try something else? Maybe it's time to let the Hulk be the major character he is in the comics? That's the name on the movie marquee that people are buying tickets to see (once...Banner bores the crap out of them and they don't come back or give the movie good word of mouth).
But I have no doubt Hollywood will keep shoving Banner down everyone's throat and wonder why the Hulk isn't a big hit.
This also depends on what "best runs" is. That is a different thing for everyone. Planet Hulk and WWHulk are some of the most talked about and Banner isn't a factor at all.