The Hellboy films have been very much cult-classics, and were starred and helmed by fan-favorite director Guillermo Del Toro and actor Ron Perlman. But now, a reboot of the films is coming, and with it a new star in David Harbour. At San Diego Comic Con, the actor talked about the original comics, and why Hellboy is actually a perfect hero for where we are right now:
“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