Strangers Things star David Harbour is set to play the titular hero in the upcoming Hellboy reboot, although the actor was evidently unfamiliar with the character during his youth. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Harbour discussed how he became a fan of the character and why Hellboy is his favorite superhero of them all.
David Harbour revealed that he was introduced to the character in his twenties:
“I did read some comics, but I was not a huge comic guy. I got into graphic novels later on in my life. In my twenties, my friends introduced me to some darker graphic novels, things like Watchmen and Hellboy. The comics were not really my thing. I was a little more into cartoons and Dungeons & Dragons and like He-Man and Thundercats. Those cartoons and stuff.”
David Harbour explained why he loves the Hellboy comics:
“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. 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.”
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Few details on the Hellboy reboot are currently known, though it is said to be darker than the previous films with a greater emphasis on horror elements.
Directed by Neil Marshall, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is set to be released in 2018.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter