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David Harbour Says Hellboy Had ‘Major Problems’

It was no secret that director Guillermo del Toro and actor Ron Perlman wanted to return to do a third installment of Hellboy after Hellboy II: The Golden Army was received well by fans. But that was not meant to be as Mike Mignola’s demon was set to go through a reboot with director Neil Marshall. So how would the new take on Hellboy now with Stranger Things‘ David Harbour taking the lead role do in theaters?

Well as we know it did really… really bad. It it’s first weekend it managed to only make $12 million. Critics were very harsh on the film and it currently sits on Rotten Tomatoes with a 16%. So what went wrong with the film? Digital Spy had the chance to speak with Harbour at this past weekend’s MCM Comic-Con in London, who had some thoughts on why the film didn’t do well.

“We did our best, but there’s so many voices that go into these things and they’re not always going to work out,” said Harbour. “I did what I could do and I feel proud of what I did, but ultimately I’m not in control of a lot of those things.”

It seems like there were too many people making decisions and that ultimately hurt the film. But that is not the only reason Harbour brings up. Interestingly enough, he also mentions that the film was also received poorly because it suffered from being compared to Marvel films.

Harbour said, “The problem that I have with comic book movies nowadays is that I think, and it’s a result of the power of Marvel stuff, it’s like chocolate, it’s a flavor. So everybody goes chocolate is delicious and these guys make the best chocolate. So as you judge the movies, it’s like, ‘Well it’s not as chocolatey as this, this does not taste like chocolate at all’.”

“And I sort of want a world where there’s more flavors than just comparisons to chocolate. So in that way when Hellboy is viewed on the chocolate spectrum, it does very poorly. That being said, it also has major problems,” he continued.

Sorry to break it to Harbour but it was just a bad film, Marvel films have nothing to do with that. Yes this was a darker take on the character but there are two previous films that show that there is an audience for Hellboy. Although everyone has their favorite brand of ice cream, that doesn’t mean they wont enjoy another brand, unless it tastes bad. What do you think of Harbour’s comments? Did you like the Hellboy reboot? Let us know in the comment section below!


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Source: Digital Spy

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