Hellboy is back on screens soon in one of the year's most anticipated releases.
Dark Horse Comics' Hellboy is one of the most iconic antiheroes in the history of comic books. Created by Mike Mignola, the character first appeared in 1993 and has since gone on to spawn numerous series and even a Hollywood adaptation. Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy was released in 2004 to critical and audience acclaim; in the days before the MCU, this was one of the boldest and most ambitious comic book adaptation. It still holds up as an entertaining and subversive slice of superhero cinema, but not quite so much as its sequel.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army really amplifies the effective elements of the first film, allowing del Toro to plunge his creative depths. Many adored the film and awaited a sequel for many years. Sadly, when a Hellboy project was finally announced, fans were shocked to realise that it would be a reboot. The second film was left the narrative very open, so it really does seem a shame that they couldn't continue the storyline of Ron Perlman's portrayal. It seemed even more of a shame when the divisive first trailer dropped.
Perlman had been replaced by David Harbour - of Stranger Things fame - and fans of the del Toro films were quick to compare his performance to Perlman's, denouncing it as a dull take. We had all been told to expect a much darker vision for the franchise, but the initial trailer was scattered with light-hearted quips and tiresome comedy. Expectations drastically changed and it looked like Hellboy could be one of this year's unnecessary outings. Then, the second trailer arrived.
Most agreed the second trailer was far more impressive than the first. It delivered the grit that the crew have been teasing on social media and in interviews for some time, as well as some comedy, of course. Things are hopeful for Hellboy, so in the run up to its release, let's consider what we know:
David Harbour - Hellboy
Milla Jovovich - Nimue the Blood Queen
Ian McShane - Professor Bruttenholm
Daniel Dae Kim - Ben Daimio
Penelope Mitchell - Ganeida
Sasha Lane - Alice Monaghan
Sophie Okonedo - Lady Hatton
Thomas Haden Church - Lobster Johnson
Brian Gleeson - (unknown)
Kristina Klebe - Leni Riefenstahl
Alistair Petrie - (unknown)
Ashley Edner - Agent Taylor
Vanessa Eichholz - Ilsa Hepstein
Douglas Tait - Gruagach
Laila Morse - Gatekeeper
Director: Neil Marshall
Christa Campbell - executive producer
Lawrence Gordon - producer
Jeffrey Greenstein - executive producer
Lati Grobman - executive producer
Carl Hampe - producer
Marc Helwig - executive producer
Avi Lerner - executive producer
Lloyd Levin - producer
Elena Melamed - line producer
Matthew O'Toole - producer
Lonnie Ramati - co-executive producer
Mike Richardson - producer
John Thompson - producer
Les Weldon - producer
Philip Westgren - producer
Mike Mignola...(based on the Dark Horse Comic Book "Hellboy")
Cinematography: Lorenzo Senatore
Editing: Martin Bernfeld
Hellboy: Release Details
Where to Watch: Theatrical Release
When to Watch: April 12, 2019
Plot Synopsis: “Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.“
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