Brandon Routh may be a likable guy, but Dylan Dog is a walking cliché of a character. He’s a detective with a tragic past who doesn’t like working with partners and speaks in terrible film noir-style narration. (“You know what they say about werewolf hair. It doesn’t lie.”) Even when you throw in the monster hunting aspect, you still get a really lame retread of previous movie heroes like BLADE or CONSTANTINE. How lame? When Dylan decides to go undercover at a nightclub, he puts on a 1990s-era thug beanie. And this is the guy you’re supposed to root for.
Aside from Routh, there’s JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE star Sam Huntington, Peter Stormare and Taye Diggs, who gets to say things like “The human race is obsolete, y’all!” The only slightly positive thing about this movie is the relationship between Routh and his partner Huntington. Though the script offers a paper thin dynamic, the obvious familiarity the actors share from working on SUPERMAN RETURNS is apparent. Even if Huntington’s comic relief sidekick can be grating, the two have a good chemistry and play off each other well.
But that’s about it. The action for the most part is yawn-inducing, the central mystery is too boring to be predictable and the plot consists of Dylan Dog bouncing around asking people questions and occasionally punching a guy in a costume. Oh, and the creature effects and make-up are absolutely hilarious, like something that would’ve been rejected from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” 10 years ago. (DYLAN DOG may have the worst werewolf committed to film. And I’ve seen SKINWALKERS.) There are also bad attempts at dark humor (a support group of the living dead?), bad dialogue (“Guess what piglet? It’s dying time!”), and a terrible final bad guy. (SPOILER: So Belial, the thousand year old demonic personification of evil, knows kung fu? Okay!)
However, what it boils down to is that we just don’t need this movie. The paranormal detective, the idea that supernatural creatures are living amongst us, the war between vampires and werewolves, the Romeo and Juliet romance between the species—there’s a million other films with this exact same premise, characters, and lack of creativity. And DYLAN DOG offers absolutely nothing different or of value.
Extra Tidbit: The vampire character Sclavi is named after Tiziano Sclavi, the original author of the “Dylan Dog” comic books.