Hellboy opens on April 12, 2019. It will be the titular character’s third major theatrical adventure. Not sure who Hellboy is? Never heard of the B.P.R.D.? Wondering what’s up with his forehead? No worries. We’ve got you covered.
Here’s what the deal is for the new Hellboy movie:
— Hellboy is a popular comic book character. However, the movie will not be like your typical superhero or comic book movie.
— Hellboy is a half-demon, summoned from hell as a baby by Nazi occultists. His actual Latin name means “And upon his brow is set a crown of flame.” Which brings context to one of the movie posters and an image from the trailer.
— One of Hellboy’s main weapons is his right hand, which is made of stone.
— Hellboy has horns, but he files them off. This is why he has two large round stubs on his forehead.
— Hellboy is destined to bring about the apocalypse, but he rejects that destiny.
— Hellboy was raised by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm like a normal boy.
— Professor Bruttenholm founded the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.). Hellboy works for the B.P.R.D.
— Guillermo del Toro made two films featuring the character Hellboy: Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Del Toro chose not to finish what was originally planned to be a trilogy.
— Ron Perlman was the first actor to play Hellboy in the original films. He is famous for playing Vincent in the Beauty and the Beast TV series and Clay on Sons of Anarchy. Perlman said he feels remorse for not completing the trilogy, and that he feels like he let the fans down.
— Doug Jones played fan-favorite character Abe Sapien (an amphibious man) in the original films. The character will not appear in the new movie. Jones was invited to do a cameo but had to decline. He had a scheduling conflict with the shooting schedule for Star Trek: Discovery. He also had an injury which prevented him from taking on the physically demanding role. (Side note: If you ever get the chance, it’s totally worth waiting in line to meet Doug Jones and get an autograph. He’s one of the kindest, most gracious people I’ve met at any of the cons. And why wouldn’t you want to support one of our greatest living character actors?)
— The new movie is a reboot, not a sequel. It stars David Harbour (Sheriff Hopper from Stranger Things) as Hellboy.
— It will be more of a horror film than the original, which was more of a fantasy film.
— The new movie will be more faithful to the comic books. Creator Mike Mignola was a concept artist on the original Hellboy movie. He’s been more involved with the script for the reboot.
— The movie will be bloodier and more adult. In an interview with Empire, Harbour said, “There’s really a sense that you’re actually killing things, even if they are giants or monsters. You’re chopping their heads off, you’re bathing in their blood, and you’re feeling the complex feelings of actually cutting the heart out of another thing. We’re taking the time to deal with the fact that Hellboy is a killer. He’s a weapon.”
— The movie is not an origin story and begins in the middle of the action.
— David Harbour says the stunts made it the hardest shoot he’s ever done.
— The main villain is Blood Witch Nimue, who wants to join the monster world and the human world. The character is played by Milla Jovovich, who’s no stranger to monster movies as the star of the Resident Evil series.
–The main inspiration for the movie is The Wild Hunt storyline from the comics, but there are also elements from Darkness Calls and The Storm and The Fury.
–When the producers were accused of whitewashing, by hiring a white actor to play a Japanese character from the comics, actor Ed Skrein resigned so they could recast the role. Daniel Dae Kim was then cast in the part of Major Ben Daimio.
— The original Hellboy had a girlfriend played by Selma Blair. David Harbour says his version of Hellboy is more isolated and is unable to have sex with humans.
This presumably makes the apocalypse more appealing.
— David Harbour told Empire, “In our movie Hellboy’s younger. He’s rougher. He’s much more of a teenager. He’s really struggling with the idea of whether or not he’s a good person.”
— In an interview with Independent, Harbour compared Hellboy to Hamlet. “On a surface level, he’s an adopted kid from Hell. He was meant to bring about the apocalypse. Yet, he just wants to be a good guy and fight evil. But he has this destiny. That struggle is very Hamlet-esque, even having tones of Coriolanus, where you have this guy who cannot understand his own true nature. Those levels of complexity, if we can bring that to this movie, which we’re trying to do, I think will be really rich.”
— The producers already have loose ideas for sequels.
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