The star of the Hellboy reboot David Harbour believes that his character is an antihero and more so, an ideal one for the modern times we live in. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at Comic-Con International in San Diego, the Stranger Things star admitted that while he wasn’t the biggest geek growing up, this duality of Hellboy was what really attracted him to the character.
“I really do think those Mike Mignola Hellboy comics are so beautiful and he’s such a hero for America that we live in today. I definitely think Hellboy is an antihero. He was kind of born into it. It wasn’t something like Batman where he chooses to go and fight crime. He was just born this weird half-demon spawned by Nazi occultists and saved by these dudes who tried to raise him right,” Harbour said.
“For him, it’s a sense of discovery. His actual destiny as a ‘hero’ is to end the world. He is the beast of the apocalypse. So, in a way, his struggle to be a superhero is to just not do the thing that he’s destined to do,” continued Harbor, who will next be seen in Stranger Things’ second season in October.
Recently, the series’ creator Mike Mignola revealed that the reboot, one which will be R-rated and take the franchise in a darker direction, was actually first conceived to follow the two movies that director Guillermo del Toro did. However, when del Toro didn’t want to be part of the new story, Ron Perlman took himself off the table which paved the way for Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) to take the director’s chair and for Harbour to step in as the lead.
Regarding Harbour’s enthusiasm for the title role, Mignola revealed: “[David] is super excited about being Hellboy and he wants to make sure he gets it right. He’s texting me Hellboy questions about his history, about what the character would think about this or about that. It’s really exciting to be back and see this thing come together.”
Directed by Neil Marshall, the upcoming Hellboy reboot — tentatively titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen — is written by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola and stars David Harbour as Hellboy. The film does not yet have a release date, though it is expected to come out in 2018.
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