“Someone doing the show should have read the comic”
Not that long ago, Hulu was working to create its own corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring some of the brand’s most iconic characters rooted in the world of horror. One thing led to another and the streamer only managed to produce Helstrom, featuring characters based on Marvel’s Hellstrom siblings – Daimon, Satan’s son, and Ana, a family version of Satana. Legendary Marvel creator Roy Thomas helped craft both characters and ultimately he hoped the series would be a bit more precise.
“They should have followed the comics. Someone who does the show should have read the comic. Maybe they could have made a good show,” Thomas tells us. “They could even have left the extra ‘L’.”
Thomas then compared Helstrom to his experiences with Universal’s Hulk series in the late 1970s.
“I was on the set one day, Lou Ferrigno was playing Hulk for the first time, and the idea was: if you take something that was already good, whether it’s Marvel Comics, or it’s Dune, or it’s Wizard of Oz, or it’s Blown away by the wind, whatever it is that preexists. And you take it and you make a movie, okay, you made a good movie, “Thomas adds.” But people will say, “Wow, you had something good to work with. You had a great novel, you had this great concept. ‘”
The writer-turned-editor went on to suggest that filmmakers often think that reinventing the wheel is the best process for adapting comics for live action.
“I mean, the guy who did the Hulk show, he just buries the Hulk a few times,” he recalls. “He thought, ‘Oh, I didn’t pay attention to that comic. I’ve been to things like Frankenstein, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, “And gee, obviously Stan Lee and Jack Kirby could never have been smart enough to think of something like that. These guys must be thinking that they reinvent the wheel every time they do something to justify their huge salaries, I guess. “
Thomas then recalls the creation of Daimon Hellstrom himself. As he puts it, Stan Lee originally wanted to make a horror book titled Mark of Satan, though Thomas believed some of Marvel’s religious leaders would be pushed back. Instead, Thomas pitched the idea of making Hellstrom the son of Satan.
“I thought about it, come back and said, ‘Well, what if that’s the Son of Satan. He’s a human being. He’s like Rosemary baby becomes a hero, ”recalls Thomas.
He concludes: “And I mean, I didn’t use that sentence, but it was what I had in mind. And then I asked Gary Friedrich and Herb Trimpe to do Son of Satan. And whatever else, and I made up the name Damion Hellstrom, but whatever it was, it was better than this series. It was so dark, I can’t even see what’s going on. I only got to watch a couple of episodes and gave up, and really wanted to watch it. I’ll still finish it someday, but I need to have a flashlight before I do this. “
The only season of Helstrom is now streaming on Hulu.
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