Your favorite broken-horned, club-handed demon is coming back to theaters to hunt monsters and Nazis in a brand new reboot of the Hellboy franchise. Comic creator Mike Mignola has given his seal of approval to the newest incarnation, with Neil Marshall (The Descent) at the helm and Stranger Things’ standout David Harbour taking over the title role. The upcoming redo is intended to be a gritty R-rated action flick that won’t shy away from the inherent scares and eccentricity of the source material, so there’s ample reason to pay attention to the developing production.
Since the inception, the public’s focus has been on the film’s casting and the production seemingly scored with the hiring of Harbour. That was followed by several notable revelations when Resident Evil’s Milla Jovovich jumping on board as the film titular villain, Ian McShane as Professor Broom, and Daniel Dae Kim has earned the role of Ben Daimio. This after Deadpool actor Ed Skrein famously bowed out of the project, in protest of the role being whitewashed with is own casting.
After a series of behind-the-scenes teases, now the world gets it’s first look at the new incarnation of horned investigator. The official Twitter account for the Hellboy reboot lit the fuse for the upcoming movie this morning with the following tweet, with the simple phrase “Holy crap.”
— Hellboy (@HellboyMovie) September 13, 2017
The image looks similar to Guillermo Del Toro’s version, which shouldn’t be too surprising, as both look torn from the pages of the comics. However, if you take a magnifying glass to the picture you will notice his stubbed horns are slightly larger, while his hand is metallic as opposed to Perlman’s rocky fist from the previous series. In addition, this Hellboy has let his locks grow out longer, in hopes of occupying the vacuum left by Thor getting his hair butchered in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. The character’s musculature also suggests that we might be getting a more dynamic and action-ready version of Anung un Rama, aka Hellboy in the new version.
Typically, reveals like these are followed with promotional pushes, including an official poster and teaser trailer. It would make sense to expect the same in the near future.
The Hellboy reboot is scheduled for release on January 20th, 2019.