David Harbour Discusses Why He Believes ‘Hellboy’ Is The Best Superhero


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.

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.”

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.”

Do you agree with Habour’s take on the character? Share your thoughts below!

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

Sub-Genres We Want To See In Superhero Films

Superhero films have existed since the 1920s (if you count Zorro) and have always been a part of our public lexicon. However, recently, superhero films have had an exponential uptick in production, thanks to CGI and film budgets finally being able to accurately keep up with our imagination. Currently, the superhero film is the mainstream blockbuster. Ever since Iron Man hit theaters way back in 2008, the amount of modern-day superhero films has continued to grow. Sure, there were superhero films before that, from Superman in 1978 and Batman in 1989, as well as Blade in the late 90s to X-Men in the early 2000s, and Sam Rami’s Spider-Man trilogy. But now, superhero films are the dominant form of pop culture entertainment. This year alone, there are 7 superhero movies hitting theaters. It’s a good time to be a geek! Many of our favorite characters growing up are now getting their due on the big screen.

As we are now knee-deep in the age of the superhero film, these projects also have the potential to oversaturate the market. There’s always talk of “superhero fatigue” and some even predicting that superhero films will go the way of the Western by showing the same thing over and over again. After all, there are only so many ways heroes can face off against a villain to stop a “sky beam” before things get stale.

Luckily for us, the superhero genre has ways of reinventing itself by introducing new sub-genres in these films. Captain America: The Winter Soldier gave us a political thriller wrapped in a superhero movie. Ant-Man gave us a heist film disguised as a superhero movie. Doctor Strange gave us a film of sorcery. Guardians of the Galaxy gave us a space-opera. Man of Steel gave us a darker edge of heroics and the calamity that they can cause (which Captain America: Civil War also did). Of course, Logan knocked it out of the park by giving us a superhero Western. The Batman is promising to be a noir film while The New Mutants and Sony’s Venom are expected to be full-on horror films.

So, there are obviously a lot of places that the superhero genre can continue to evolve and grow upon. Here are a few sub-genres that could exist in future superhero films. Click Next to take a look….

Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

Canadian film buff, political junkie, comic book geek, and board game enthusiast.