'The best superhero thing I've seen in months'
Comic book fans have taken online to voice their excitement as the first poster emerges for the new reboot of Hellboy starring Stranger Things’ David Harbour.
Due for release on April 12, 2019, the modern reboot follows the initial launch of the comic book series with 2004’s Hellboy movie, which was followed by Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008.
Ron Perlman played the titular character in the initial movies from the franchise. The reboot will star David Harbour, Ian McShane and Milla Jovovich and is directed by Neil Marshall.
Now, the first official poster has arrived:
Fans have since taken online to voice their excitement about what the poster may suggest, with one writing “Perlman’s Hellboy looked like a guy you’d crack open a beer with, David Harbour’s Hellboy looks like he could headbutt you straight into the centre of the earth and would not hesitate to do so.”
Earlier this year, Selma Blair admitted that she was ‘heartbroke’n about plans to move ahead with a Hellboy reboot rather than a sequel to the movies she was in.
The actress starred opposite Ron Perlman in the 2004 cult hit Hellboy and its 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, both of which were based on Mike Mignola’s comic character and directed by Guillermo del Toro.
“God, you know, people are fans of Hellboy and also fans of Guillermo,” she said.
“So part of us, the ones that were so loyal to Guillermo, our hearts are broken that it didn’t work out with the greatest third instalment ever written that I wish I could play more than anything in the world.”
She added: “But I truly hope that Mike Mignola has his vision out there for the darker Hellboy come to light, and I’m sure he will, and David Harbour is excellent and everyone involved, but no my heart is broken.”
The upcoming Hellboy has been controversial beyond the decision to make it a reboot, with British actor Ed Skrein originally cast as Major Ben Daimio, prompting a backlash for ‘whitewashing’ a character who was Japanese-American in the comics.
Skrein later withdrew from the role, saying that “representation of ethnic diversity is important”.
Representatives for Wells Cathedral in Somerset also defended the decision to allow filmmakers to shoot parts of the movie there.