Stranger Things star David Harbour is set to play the titular hero in the upcoming Hellboy reboot, which will reportedly be an R-rated film with a greater emphasis on horror elements. In an interview with MTV, Harbour discussed why the time was right for a darker take on the character and what fans can expect from an R-rated Hellboy film.
Harbour explained why Hellboy is perfectly suited for a darker and more mature film:
“Mike [Mignola] created this beautiful graphic novel and this beautiful comic that’s very dark and very rich, and I think that they weren’t able to do movies back then that were, like, R-rated superhero movies. Deadpool sort of ushered in, in my mind, a new era of we can now make R-rated kind of adult superhero movies and flesh out this mythos in a certain way. So one of the great ones to do this with is Hellboy.”
Harbour discussed how the reboot will differentiate itself from the previous films by director Guillermo del Toro:
“I hate when people say reboot. Those movies stand on their own, they are their own movies. This is like something different. The whole aesthetic is different. Neil Marshall brings a whole feel to it […] that’s got its own flavor and I bring my own flavor to it [as well]. It’s really exciting to go to this R-rated, dark place cause I feel like there’s such rich psychology in Hellboy and it’s weird psycho-sexual dynamics of this demon spawned by occultists.”
Harbour also elaborated on how the R-rating will allow the film to explore mature themes:
“It goes R not for reasons of nudity or… it goes R for a bit of gore and horror but also a bit of just the mature aspect of it, the mature themes of it. Just that we’re dealing with complicated subjects. It’s a real character piece. Of course, it has huge action elements to it, but we’ve modeled it somewhat on Shakespeare. I mean, it’s a bit like Hamlet. It really is this study of this man going through this horrible conundrum and we really get to go in deep with him.”
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Directed by Neil Marshall, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is set to be released in 2018.
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….