The first trailer for the Hellboy reboot has arrived. The footage was originally screened at New York Comic Con and, finally, the studio has released it online as well. This project was initially met with a mixed response, given that the Guillermo del Toro movies still have a devoted fan base and many of them wanted to see the filmmaker finish up his trilogy. Instead, it’s David Harbour in the red prosthetics now and maybe this first footage will be enough to get everyone on board with this new take.
Many had originally expected the first footage from the new Hellboy to debut at San Diego Comic-Con over the summer. However, the studio decided not to bother, with all of the other competition in the way. NYCC, on the other hand, represented a chance for this movie to generate some early buzz. It was probably the better move to make. Ahead of the trailer reveal, they released several posters, including the exclusive Hellboy NYCC poster, and the more recent and epic motion poster shared by David Harbour. For his part, Harbour has some big shoes to fill, as a lot of people are still attached to Ron Perlman’s version of the character.
This new iteration comes from director Neil Marshall, who was previously known best for his work on the horror movie The Descent. He’s also worked quite a bit on some very well-regarded episodes of Game of Thrones. This new version of the franchise is going for the R-rated crowd and, throwing Marshall’s previous credits in a blender, which include big-budget fantasy and hardcore horror, it seems like he could very well have been the perfect choice. This is going to be a much bloodier and hardcore take on the character than we’ve seen previously.
The cast includes Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Brian Gleeson, Daniel Dae Kim, and Sophie Okonedo. David Harbour has to do the heavy lifting here, as this movie really rides or dies with him. Milla Jovovich is on board as the villainous Blood Queen. Originally, Deadpool star Ed Skrein had been cast in the role that ultimately went to Daniel Dae Kim. However, the production was accused of whitewashing and Skrein, on his own accord, decided to step aside. That paved the way for Kim to come in and the movie is probably all the better for it.
There are those who will never not be upset that this is a reboot instead of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy 3. But his first two movies didn’t make all that much money at the box office, especially by modern standards, and his third movie would have been a very expensive venture. As sad as it is that we never got to see him finish things up, this actually makes the most sense for modern moviegoers. Will it pay off? We’ll find out when Lionsgate releases Hellboy on April 12, 2019. Be sure to check out the first trailer below.