Is Black copied from Gong Yoo's Goblin? Song Seung Heon responds to allegations

Lee Dong Wook gained global recognition for playing the role of a grim reaper in Goblin.

Song Seung Heon
Song Seung Heon will star as grim reaper in Black Facebook/OfficialSSH

Song Seung Heon has responded to reports that his OCN drama Black is very much similar to tvN's hit show, Goblin. In the series that will air on 14 October, the 41-year-old South Korean actor will play the grim reaper.

During a press conference for Black, he said: "I think it's unavoidable for people to draw comparisons between our drama and 'Goblin' because both have the grim reaper play a major role. However, I'm confident that people's curiosity and concerns will be resolved by the first episode. Our storyline, genre, and other factors will differentiate us from 'Goblin.'"

"When I first joined the drama, I had a hard time because it was complicated and difficult to decipher. But I was drawn to the fresh concept of my character and his viewpoint of human emotions. The drama aims to share the message that in the end, the only thing that can solve the troubles of humankind are people and their relationships with each other," he added.

Goblin, also known as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, was a massive success and Lee Dong Wook also gained global recognition for playing the role of a grim reaper in the drama. His chemistry with Gong Yoo was also praised by everyone.

Black will air on OCN on October 14 at 10:20 p.m. KST.