The Hellboy movie reboot has gotten a new poster, ahead of its trailer dropping on Thursday. Created by Mike Mignola back in 1993, the Hellboy character is a half-demon who works with the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD) to defend humanity from the dark supernatural forces that plague our world. At the same time, Big Red (as he's nicknamed) battles the demon within himself in an effort to avoid embracing his true identity as Anung Un Rama - a being prophesied to bring about the end of life on earth.
Ron Perlman played Hellboy in a pair of films directed by Guillermo del Toro back in the 2000s. The comic book-based franchise is now getting a reboot courtesy of director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Centurion), with Stranger Things' own David Harbour taking over the role of Big Red. Lionsgate has already release a couple of still photos and posters for the movie, but are stepping things up this week with the one-two punch of a fresh one-sheet and the first trailer.
IGN has confirmed the Hellboy trailer for a Thursday, December 20 launch, following last week's report that the Hellboy trailer is all ready to hit theaters. While Lionsgate screened Hellboy footage at New York Comic Con back in October, this will be the first official promo released for the film. In the meantime, you can check out the movie's new poster below.
Like the first Hellboy poster, this new one-sheet shows Big Red with his demon horns unshaven. The character also has his crown of flames here, which is... well, not good. To clarify: Hellboy's true name, Anung Un Rama, translates roughly as "And upon his brow is set a crown of flame", and it's his destiny to bring about the apocalypse on earth in his full demon form. Hence, Big Red has his horns shaved down in the Hellboy reboot images released so far, as a way of keeping his demon nature in check (see also: the poster tagline, "Demons Have Demons Too"). If the movie's posters are to be believed, however, Hellboy will give in to his true power at some point. The NYCC footage even included a shot of Hellboy with his flaming crown and sword - though, obviously, it didn't provide any context for how and why this happens.
Fortunately, what's bad for Hellboy is good news for his fans. The Hellboy reboot has been described as a more faithful adaptation of Mignola's comics than del Toro's movies by its cast and crew, and the film's marketing continues to support that claim. That doesn't guarantee the reboot will be better than del Toro's vision (which, frankly, was pretty entertaining on its own merits), but it does mean the new Hellboy will offer the more comic-accurate interpretation that many fans have been wanting.
UPDATE: Harbour has unveiled a Hellboy motion poster through his Instagram account. Check it out, below:
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Awwwww, crap... Look who’s coming in April. No, not the 50% still left of the Avengers - hell, that’s practically May... April 12th showers bring one Big Red Flower, beast of the apocalypse, The right hand of doom, the buttkicker of the BPRD, and a host of all kinds of big ole giants and witches and fairies and janky overgrown ugly pig monsters from your nightmares. Trailer drops Thursday #aboutdamntime #hellboy 😈
Update Source: David Harbour
- Hellboy (2019) release date: Apr 12, 2019