If you’ve been on the internet at all the past week, you might’ve noticed that the Hellboy reboot didn’t do so hot. Many people thought it was too gory, boring, and hardly lived up to the legacy of Hellboy. Between Guillermo Del Toro, Ron Perlman and the beloved comics, this movie really had to pull out all the stops to dazzle fans. In some ways (see dope CGI giants), it did. In the script and character growth, though, it didn’t accomplish much.
One of its most egregious problems (though it has many) is by far its makeup. The Hellboy design on David Harbour may be intricate, but it’s almost grossly so. Sure, he looks like he crawled out of a literal hellhole. However, his character is supposed to be young and he looks like he’s experienced at least three holy wars ripping his face to shreds. Having a horrific hero doesn’t mean he has to be ugly.
Hellboy: The Reboot proves what so many fans of Mike Mignola’s long-running comic-book series or Guillermo del Toro’s unfinished trilogy suspected and/or feared: Just because you can reboot a series, doesn’t mean you should. Just because del Toro, a master filmmaker with a singular vision, isn’t available any more doesn’t mean you replace him with Neil Marshall (Centurion, Doomsday, Descent, Dog Soldiers), a competent, journeyman director who can’t deliver anything except a bland, colorless retread of a justly loved, if truncated, two-film series. Just because you can start all over again doesn’t mean you can or should revisit the title character’s origin story, via flashback or not. Killing Nazis is fine, of course, but killing Nazis while reminding everyone sitting in a darkened movie theater of del Toro’s far superior take on the same material isn’t. And just because you promise fans that you’ll deliver a hard R-rated film doesn’t mean you should go all out on the gratuitous blood and gore – and even if you do, for the love of all things unholy, stay away from blood and gore of the CGI kind. (more…)
The original Hellboy movies hold a strong and passionate fanbase. Ron Perlman cemented himself in fans minds as Hellboy. Admittedly, Perlman is a tough act to follow. But David Harbour (Stranger Things) steps up to give it a shot. The first trailer for the new Hellboy is receiving mixed reviews – some are excited for the continuing of the franchise, while others feel that if it’s not Perlman andb then it’s not worth watching. With heavy hitters like Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim and relative newcomer Sasha Lane, the new Hellboy has a lot of potential. But can it get past the initial fan backlash? What are the fans biggest complaints? Check out the trailer and judge for yourself.
The upcoming R-rated reboot of Hellboy (Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen) is moving along. This time, instead of Del Toro, director Neil Marshall will take the reins of the film with Stranger Things’ David Harbour filling in Ron Pearlman’s big red shoes. Recently, Ian McShane was also cast as Professor Broom as well, so the movie’s coming along. The one thing missing so far was who was going to be Hellboy’s main big baddie. From the comics, one of Hellboy’s enemies was the Blood Queen, AKA Nimue the Lady of the Lake. But who could play the role with perfection, terror, and be able to be a conceivable threat against such a towering figure of Harbour? Lucky for us, it looks like we have found our Blood Queen…
President Donald Trump has entrusted his son-in-law and senior White House advisor Jared Kushner to find a path to Mideast peace, but perhaps he should hire actor, comedian, and nerd president emeritus Patton Oswalt to do the job because if he could achieve peace amongst Hellboys, he can do anything… Alright, so there was never any real enmity between former Hellboy Ron Perlman and future Hellboy David Harbour, but Oswalt was there to make sure it stayed that way as the two actors dined last night and traded notes about being a big, red, government-funded demon monkey with a stone hand. (more…)
Hellboy. Hellboy. Hellboy. Saying it 3 times won’t get director Guillermo Del Toro back in the directing chair for the a long awaited and fan demanded Hellboy 3. Not happening. Not ever. Why, why crush such dreams? Well besides Del Toro dashing such hopes himself, there comes a word. A word that is typically so rotten that those who hear it screech and cry in terror. That word is… REBOOT *Cue the ominous Dun-Dun-Duuuun!!!
Yes, Hellboy is getting rebooted. But in this case, this one in a handful of cases, a reboot might not be such a bad thing.
Although it has only been eight years since the 2008 movie, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, talk of a third Hellboy continues to take fans on a roller-coaster ride of emotions as Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro wage an almost Ghostbuster 3 like campaign to get the movie into production. For years Ghostbuster fans, dying for a sequel, had to endure Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd‘s almost constantly comical, back and forth on whether a sequel would ever be made. In this latest round of Hellboy III On & Off Again Perlman is back on the negative side of the fence. (more…)
Another day, another quote about Hellboy 3. The final chapter of Guillermo del Toro‘s trilogy based on the comic book series by Mike Mignola, is on the must-have list of many movie fans, but finding the political/financial will to make it a reality has been something quite different. Still, that hasn’t stopped us from talking about, it hasn’t stopped movie journalists from asking about it, and it hasn’t stopped the primary players from the series from answering those questions. And so it goes, when Hellboy star Ron Perlman again appeared in front of reporters, he was naturally asked about Hellboy 3, and is answer offered some surprising insight. (more…)
Clockwork Nazis with a portal to hell and ancient elven princes with grudges to bear and invincible mechanical soldiers couldn’t stop Hellboy. What made Hollywood think it had a chance of stopping the third film in his movie franchise from coming to life? Actor Ron Perlman, who portrays the jolly red giant, posted a photo to Instagram this weekend that gave a definite impression that Hellboy III was slowly coming together.
Perlman and director Guillermo del Toro have been working for years to get Hellboy III off the ground. In spite of critical and commercial success with the Hellboy II: The Golden Army, del Toro stated quite flatly in an interview last year that funding the movie would prove to be problematic, especially given the poor domestic returns at the box office for his masterpiece Pacific Rim.
Here’s what Ron Perlman posted on Instagram last night: (more…)
Last week, Dark Horse Comics finally released a huge selection of its back catalog on the Comixology app. This means several amazing series that weren’t previously available now are. To celebrate the new addition, Comixology is offering several of these series at discounted prices.
While Marvel and DC are often considered the top dogs in the comic world right now, Dark Horse has produced some of the greatest comics and characters in the medium for almost 30 years now. No small feat against those power houses. This sale is a perfect opportunity to explore and rediscover the company’s distinct quality and presence. But, bearing in mind how tempt—I mean crazy it would be to spend a month’s worth of paychecks on all of these fine books, I’ve narrowed it down to the best of the best. To keep the list somewhat objective and brief, I opted for title that had the best deals price-wise and will read well on the Comixology app.
So which Dark Horse title will you bet on? (more…)