Everything You Need To Know Before Watching The New Hellboy Movie

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The upcoming Hellboy release is a brand new reboot of the Dark Horse Comics superhero franchise. Originally, the film was intended to be a continuation of the series which started with Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. But, when Ron Perlman stepped down as the fearsome protagonist, Summit Entertainment decided to start afresh with a new director and lead actor. The original films from the 2000s were met with fairly strong critical reception and the character is hugely popular in other sections of mainstream media. For this reason, Hellboy has a good chance of being successful and could lead to a whole new franchise surrounding the character.

What do we Know About the Upcoming Picture?

Hellboy is scheduled for release in April this year and was directed by Neil Marshall. The English filmmaker is responsible for a number of dark movies including 2002’s Dog Soldiers and 2005’s critically acclaimed The Descent. He also directed two episodes of HBO’s much-loved fantasy series Game of Thrones. Marshall replaced Guillermo del Toro in the Hellboy director’s chair after the Mexican was not offered the full writer-director capacity for the project and stepped down. The cast list for the rebooted franchise is also quite exciting. David Harbour has taken over in the lead role, and the American actor will be a big draw for many. Harbour recently rose to prominence as one of the best-loved characters in Netflix’s Stranger Things, and his larger than life personality will be perfect for Hellboy. Along with Harbour, the movie features Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, and Sasha Lane.

At present, there is little information about the plot of Hellboy online. But, from the trailer, it is clear to see that a lot of the action occurs in London, England. It will also feature Hellboy’s surrogate father Trevor Bruttenholm who is played by McShane. He is an expert on the supernatural who heads up the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. The movie looks like it will contain some seriously cool action sequences, along with a hefty portion of comedy, which is essential to lighten the mood in superhero flicks.

How Popular is the Hellboy Franchise?

The upcoming Hellboy title is likely to attract fairly large audiences thanks to a number of factors. One major reason is the fact that Hellboy has always been fairly prevalent in popular culture ever since Mike Mignola’s character first appeared in San Diego Comic-Con Comics in 1993. Aside from the 2004 and 2008 films with Perlman, Hellboy has starred in a number of video games. Hellboy is one of the most popular Betway online slots, and the game from Microgaming features strong comic book themes. In addition to the iGaming offering, Hellboy has starred in two of his own console adventures. Hellboy: Dogs of the Night was released in 2000 for Windows and in 2003 for the PlayStation. This was followed by The Science of Evil in 2008, which was a direct adaptation of the 2004 movie available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Hellboy also appeared as a playable character in NetherRealm Studios’ Injustice 2 in 2017.

Another reason why Hellboy could be a huge success is the fact that it is being released at a time when audiences can’t get enough of major superhero franchises. The past two movies came out before the Marvel Cinematic Universe had even got going. But, now, the huge franchise has totally changed the way major studios deliver their series. The DC Extended Universe is now looking to catch up with the MCU with its well-known characters, and other comic book universes could easily crop up in the near future.

Will the Hellboy Reboot Lead to More Sequels?

If Hellboy manages to attract large audiences and receives reasonable reviews, it could lead to a massive new cinematic franchise. Dark Horse Comics are nowhere near as well-known as DC and Marvel, but they do feature a number of characters who could be depicted in cinema. Hellboy could potentially do what Iron Man in 2008 did for the MCU, and effectively kick start a whole series of intertwining movies in which regular characters cross over. There is certainly enough material in the comics to do a number of Hellboy movies, and then Summit Entertainment could branch out from there.

Some of the other characters which could be included in a Dark Horse Comics universe include the American, who is an indestructible one-man army. Another character who could be explored is The Mask. This is one of the longest running comics from the publisher and has already been made famous by the 1994 movie starring Jim Carrey. One of the best-known Dark Horse Comics offerings is Sin City, which was made into a film starring Bruce Willis in 2005. The movie was well-received and featured a number of popular characters who could easily be revived in a cinematic universe.

There is a lot of excitement and hype surrounding the Hellboy reboot, and it is probably justified. Hellboy is one of the most interesting comic book characters ever created and, if the new movie is a hit, he could spark a brand new Dark Horse Comics franchise.

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