The recent reboot of “Hellboy” was a big failure at the box office, and star David Harbour is getting candid about why.
The “Stranger Things” actor, who played the superhero Hellboy in this year’s new adaptation, spoke with DigitalSpy about the film.
“We did our best, but there’s so many voices that go into these things and they’re not always going to work out,” Harbour said. “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.”
Harbour also suggested that being compared to the Marvel Cinematic Universe films also hurt “Hellboy”.
“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 flavour. So everybody [says] 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 flavours than just comparisons to chocolate. So in that way when ‘Hellboy’ is viewed on the chocolate spectrum, it does very poorly.”
He added, “That being said, it also has major problems.”
2019’s “Hellboy” has so far pulled in a paltry $22 million at the box office. The previous two “Hellboy” films, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, were both moderate successes, bringing in about $100 million and $160 million respectively.
Harbour does believe the film may find success outside of theatres and with the Marvel comparisons in the rearview.
“I think as a rental or as a movie that you see on an airplane, I think you’d be like, ‘Oh that was fun’ because it’s a fun movie,” he said, “and I think it was unfairly bludgeoned as a result of these comparisons.”