EXCLUSIVE: Guillermo del Toro Explains Hellboy's Superhero Genre Innovations

Released in 2004, Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy hit theaters early into the modern superhero craze. At that time, movies in the genre tended to shy away from their comic book roots, opting for darker, more dour aesthetics rather than emulating the bright palettes of the comics. Hellboy is set for a 4K re-release later this month, which will feature new commentary from del Toro in the "To Hell and Back" retrospective featurette.

CBR's exclusive clip from the featurette sees del Toro talking about how he innovated on the superhero genre with his choices in Hellboy. "No one wanted to do superhero movies," he said, "but Hellboy was part of that infancy. It was almost counter to everything, because I wanted to make a colorful, Harryhausen-esque, with a lot of silliness and humor. Nobody was doing that on the superhero genre."

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Del Toro's Hellboy earned a modest $99.3 million against a budget of $66 million. The movie currently holds an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. This success resulted in a 2008 sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army. That movie was more successful financially and critically, earning $160 million against $65 million and a 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. Although there were plans for a third movie, those never came to fruition, and the franchise was rebooted in 2019 with David Harbour as Hellboy. 2019's Hellboy did poorly both with critics and at the box office, leaving a sequel unlikely.

2004's Hellboy releases on 4K on October 15.

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