8. Hellboy

Mike Mingola created an undeniably strange backstory for his superhero: a demon conjured by the Nazis at the end of WWII who's found by the Allies and taught to be a gentle-hearted supernatural crimefighter. He wound up with the perfect conduits to bring Hellboy to film in genre master Guillermo Del Toro, who's good with strange, and heavy-browed leading actor Ron Perlman, who probably wouldn't have otherwise gotten a chance to share time with James Lipton.

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