The 2004 action horror Van Helsing, the titular character, played by Hugh Jackman, is a modern-day, re-interpretation of the famous vampire hunter from the Dracula novel. The film combined elements from Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein by having Van Helsing a monster hunter working for a "Black Ops Secret service" type arm of the Vatican that [we hope] is fictional.
In the film, Dracula refers to Van Helsing as "Gabriel" and says they were alive together for centuries. Van Helsing even seems to have a signet ring that Dracula says was his before, giving some validity to his claims. I was wondering if there was any further information on what this character's backstory may be?