Filmmakers have already said the new Hellboy movie will lean toward its more mature comic book origins.
Star David Harbour has gone a step further and told Variety it’s darker than other superhero films.
“Superhero movies are the mythos of modern America, right? The ancient Greeks had Agamemnon, Achilles, Troilus and Cressida, and we have Captain America and Iron Man and Superman,” he said. “So they are a mythos, so I wanted to be involved in that conversation, clearly.”
He went on to compare the approach to Hellboy to Greek mythology.
“Like Aeschylus writing about Electra as opposed to Euripides writing about Electra, Euripides’ take is much darker and sort of weirder and stranger, and much more cynical, and I think Hellboy sort of has that thing,” said Harbour. “And I think the mythos is looking for maybe a little bit more of that.”
Harbour cites the success of Deadpool and Logan as inspiration for making and R-rated comic book movie.
“I mean, these movies have been of a certain brand, and with Deadpool and Logan, they’re trying to do different things, and so we’re trying to do our own brand of that,” he said. “And 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, it was exciting.”
Directed by Neil Marshal and starring David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Daniel Dae Kim, Sophie Okonedo, and Ian McShane, Hellboy bursts into theaters January 11, 2019.