David Harbour has finally opened up a bit about the negative response to the Hellboy reboot. This was positioned as, perhaps, the next Deadpool, in the sense that Lionsgate was hoping it would possibly be an R-rated comic book movie franchise. That, to say the very least, didn't pan out. Harbour, known best for his role on Netflix's Stranger Things, was cast as the titular character and now, he's acknowledged that there were issues with the movie.
The actor recently appeared at the MCM Comic-Con in London. During a panel, he addressed the issues with Hellboy which, for the record, boasts a very poor 16 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and recently ended its box office run with just $40 million worldwide, working from a $50 million budget. Here's what David Harbour had to say about it.
"We did our best, but there's so many voices that go into these things and they're not always going to work out. 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's well worth mentioning that reports came out shortly after the movie was released stating that the production process was rather problematic and contentious. Director Neil Marshall was said to be at odds with the studio and David Harbour was apparently not happy with certain things that were happening during filming. Contentious situations such as that rarely breed excellent results. The fact that Harbour states there were "so many voices" speaks to the whole too many cooks in the kitchen problem. Speaking a bit further, Harbour expressed his desire to see other voices beyond the Marvel Cinematic Universe succeeding in the comic book movie genre.
"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 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 flavours 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. 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, and I think it was unfairly bludgeoned as a result of these comparisons."
An airplane movie does not make for a blockbuster franchise, but point taken. There is an irony to this portion of his comments though, as David Harbour is set to star alongside Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming Black Widow movie for Marvel. Despite his desire, this is very much a classic example of if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. This news was previously reported by Digital Spy.