The first trailer for the forthcoming Hellboy reboot dropped today, giving us our first, fiery look at director Neil Marshall’s darker, grittier vision for the popular Dark Horse Comics superhero.
Writer/artist Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comics have already been adapted into two feature films—Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)—both starring Ron Perlman with Guillermo del Toro at the helm. So why are we getting a reboot? Del Toro had planned on making a third installment, but he preferred his own script over Andrew Cosby’s and left the project. Perlman didn’t want to make another sequel without the director. So the film became a reboot instead, with David Harbour (Stranger Things) stepping into the lead role.
Hellboy is a half-demon from Hell who was summoned to Earth as a baby by Nazi occultists and raised by a surrogate human father, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm. He’s the head of the US Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.), in case you forgot. The adult Hellboy is basically a big red devil with cloven hooves, a tail, filed-off horns, and the Right Hand of Doom (made of stone). It makes him a formidable asset to the B.P.R.D. The first Hellboy film was an origin story, as we follow the character from his first days on Earth as an infant to grappling with his destiny as the bringer of the apocalypse.
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