With a dismal box office run and a grim critical reception, Hellboy seems set to go down as a disappointment. While Mike Mignola's hellish hero has thrived in Dark Hose Comics for decades and starred in two well-regarded films, Hellboy was marred by controversy from the start.
Now, David Harbour, the veteran Stranger Things actor who portrays Hellboy in the film, has opened up about some of the issues with the film.
"We did our best, but there's so many voices that go into these things and they're not always going to work out," Harbour told Digital Spy. "I did what I could do and I feel proud of what I did, but ultimately I'm not in control of a lot of those things."
In the run-up to the film's release, reports suggested that the film's production was beset by conflicts between members of the cast, director Neil Marshall, and producers Lawrence Gordon and Lloyd Levin.
"The problem that I have with comic book movies nowadays is that I think, and it's a result of the power of Marvel stuff, it's like chocolate, it's a flavor," said Harbour. ""And I sort of want a world where there's more flavors than just comparisons to chocolate. So in that way when Hellboy is viewed on the chocolate spectrum, it does very poorly."
"That being said, it also has major problems," Harbour added.
Sill, Harbour maintained that the film could still work in some contexts where it wouldn't necessarily be compared to Marvel Studios productions.
"I think as a rental or as a movie that you see on an airplane, I think you'd be like, 'Oh that was fun' because it's a fun movie," he said. "And I think it was unfairly bludgeoned as a result of these comparisons."
Director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as Nimue, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio.