Mike Mignola's much loved creation, Hellboy, is returning to the big screen on the 12th of April, 2019.
The newest cinematic take on the character, will be a reboot rather than another sequel to the 2004 movie of the same name, starring Ron Perlman; a pretty iconic performance, as the much-loved demon ass-whupping devil on the side of good.
The buzzwords surrounding the new movie, titled simply Hellboy, are "darker" and "more comic accurate" with a lot more bloody violence than the original dished up, because R-rated is the way to go now. Hellboy will be taking its inspiration from three of the comics story arcs; Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt and The Storm And The Fury. How close to the comics the final product will be remains to be seen, and while the trailer has just enough bloody violence in it, the quippy tone doesn't quite fit in with what we've heard about the project thus far.
Hellboy started off life as a sequel to 2008's Hellboy II: The Golden Army, before being turned into an R-rated reboot with Mike Mignola co-writing the script and Neil Marshall directing, after Guillermo Del Toro was not offered the writing-directing duties he took on in the first two movies. Ron Perlman refused to return as Hellboy if Del Toro was not involved, which led to the casting of David Harbour and the reboot status.
Either way, I'm quite keen to delve back into Mignola's fantastic Hellboy and B.P.R.D. universe, as long as it doesn't suffer from Marvel-itis in the joke department.
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