There are few things more ironic than a demon in a cathedral, even if said demon happens to be an unlikely superhero.
Hellboy is getting a much-anticipated, R-rated revamp that will be bloody and infested with otherworldly creatures, which probably wouldn’t have raised any controversy had all these unholy things not needed to be filmed in a holy place.
“For heaven’s sake. Are we losing sight of what this was built for?” said Somerset resident Pamela Egan, who has been witnessing this so-called blasphemy at Wells Cathedral from across the street. “I have to say I am surprised and shocked.”
She and other residents who think the earth is going to crack open and swallow us all into a fiery chasm obviously have no idea that a fireball announced Hellboy’s arrival on Earth in—where else—the ruins of a church. Even though Mike Mignola’s iconic series never puts evil in a positive light (especially when he has a devil-red demon being more of an angel than anything else), residents living near the 900-year-old cathedral have condemned using it to film a movie whose backstory involves Nazis and occultism.
Surprisingly, cathedral officials actually support the idea of their place of worship being used as one of the settings for the third Hellboy movie. They were understandably leery until investigating the story further and realizing that the Son of the Fallen One was actually fighting against the forces of darkness instead of with them. The consensus ended up being that the film was just another take on the eternal struggle of good versus evil. No one even needed to consult the BPRD.
Hellboy, who has been reincarnated as David Harbour of Stranger Things, will be facing much darker events in what previously had the working title Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, but if even a church approves, it can’t be so unholy.