Stan Lee has a cameo as the foreman of the jury in the dream sequence. This marks his first ever cameo in a Marvel Comics adaptation, though this would become a tradition in later adaptations.
John Rhys-Davies accepted the role of Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin, without knowing that the character is bald and clean-shaven in the comics. When he learned this, he offered to shave his head, as the producers were unable to get him a bald skullcap. However, they declined, and Rhys-Davies appeared with a different look. Additionally, Fisk is never referred to as "The Kingpin" in the film.
Daredevil is dressed entirely in black in this film, despite his dark-red costume in the comics. Soon after this film was released, the comics gave Daredevil a black costume as well, though it later reverted back to red.
This was the only time in the history of "The Incredible Hulk" live-action television series, and its three television movies, that the Hulk wore his trademark purple pants from the comic books. It occurs in the dream sequence, when David Banner is being questioned on the witness stand, and he ends up changing into the Hulk.
It was decided by the producers to change the Daredevil costume from red to black, because they felt that an all-red suit would not translate well, and look good in a television film. Daredevil's co-Creator, Stan Lee, was publicly critical of the all-black Daredevil costume for this movie, as he felt the suit appeared to let the bad guys know of his blindness.
Stan Lee was disappointed that he had to be replaced by a stuntman, when his character leaps out of the jury box.
This movie was meant to serve as a back-door pilot for a Daredevil television series, but the series itself ended up never being produced.
The Hulk never actually goes on trial in this film. The only trial seen is in Banner's dream sequence, which causes him to transform while in jail. Ironically, Banner does not "Hulk out" for the film's climax.
Banner's first name was changed to David because Producer Kenneth Johnson found alliterative names unrealistic. Banner is played by Bill Bixby, who has just such an alliterative name. The other superhero appearing in this film is Daredevil, whose real name is Matt Murdock, also alliterative.
This film contains the first live-action appearances of the Marvel Comics characters, Daredevil and The Kingpin.
Jack Colvin was unable to reprise his role as investigative reporter and nemesis Jack McGee, as he had been forced to retire from acting after suffering a minor stroke a little less than a year earlier.
Turk, the recurring non-powered, non-costumed, and non-competent low-life, who has wandered in and out of various Daredevil stories, appears in this television movie. A character similar to the Arranger also appears.
The DVD release of "Trial of the Incredible Hulk" includes a few camera shots that had previously been edited. The dream sequence shows the Hulk throttling the prosecuting attorney and the scene in prison where an attempt is made on Banner's life, is extended.
There were hopes that this TV movie would lead to a tailor-made pilot episode, with Daredevil as the leading superhero. This never happened.
Rex Smith was known mainly as the lead of the show "Streethawk" when he was cast as Matt Murdock/Daredevil.
Nancy Everhard appeared in another Marvel Movie The Punisher (1989) the same year as The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989)
The first comic book superhero movie to be directed by a cast member. The character of Daredevil later had its own movie, Daredevil (2003), featuring Ben Affleck and Jon Favreau. Favreau went on to direct himself (in a supporting role) in Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010). This of course led into the Avengers films, also featuring the Incredible Hulk. Ben Affleck went on to appear in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), which led to his being hired to direct himself in subsequent Batman films.
This "Hulk" TV movie was shot on location in Vancouver. The previous one was filmed in Los Angeles.
This is the one of three TV reunion movies for the 1970's TV show. The Return of the Incredible Hulk and Death of the Incredible Hulk are the other two.
This is not the only time that Matt Murdock/Daredevil has had to defend another Marvel hero in court. On Daredevil (2015), he defends Frank Castle/Punisher. While this film was an unsuccessful attempt to give Daredevil his own series, the subsequent series led to the Punisher getting his own series.