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Superhero movies are extremely popular, and moviegoers don't have to search long or hard to find one. Multiple comic book movies are coming out on a yearly basis (Marvel contributes three by themselves), so it's more important than ever for new entries in the genre to do something new to stick out from the pack. For a movie like Hellboy, which is already a reboot, that's hard enough, but star David Harbour believes that there's a real vision in the film that people will respond to. When asked about how Hellboy will stand out from other superhero fares, this is what the actor said:
These movies have been of a certain brand. With Deadpool and Logan, they are trying to do different things. So we are trying to do our own brand of that. I was really excited by that concept -- to make a real monster movie that's dark and scary and about the end of the world.
Much like their on-page counterparts, superhero movies are proving just how malleable they can be. While there is the risk of oversaturation where every superhero movie is the same, films like Logan and Deadpool have shown how unique these movies can be when allowed to get creative. David Harbour believes that his R-rated Hellboy reboot will do something similar. Harbour called Hellboy a "real monster movie," revealing that it'll be dark and scary. This draws more comparisons to horror than it does superheroes, but that just might work out very well for this new Hellboy.
Logan and Deadpool are often referenced nowadays when people want to express how different their superhero projects will be. Both of those movies were extremely well received by critics and fans for the risks they took, so more films like them certainly won't hurt the genre. Hellboy has a solid chance of following in their footsteps, but it also has to differentiate itself from the previous Guillermo del Toro-helmed Hellboy movies.
Listen to David Harbour's take on Hellboy with Variety at the Dubai International Film Festival in the clip below.
Hellboy (not to be confused with 2004's same-named movie) is directed by Neil Marshall and stars David Harbour (Stranger Things) as the titular character. The film follows Hellboy as he battles the Blood Queen in a duel that is foretold to bring about the end of the world. The film also stars Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim and Sasha Lane.
We'll see how different Hellboy will be when the movie arrives in theaters on January 11, 2019. That's still a long time from now, so make sure to stay tuned to CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with new information as soon as it's available.