The rebooted Hellboy is getting a new trailer next week, and the character’s creator Mike Mignola promises this one will be better. Stranger Things star David Harbour headlines the rebooted Hellboy as the titular demonic superhero, with Resident Evil’s Milla Jovovich as the villainous Nimue the Blood Queen and Deadwood’s Ian McShane as Professor Bruttenholm.
Mignola originally created Hellboy, a half-demon summoned to earth as a baby who becomes a superhero armed with the mythic Right Hand of Doom, for Dark Horse comics in the early 1990s. No less a personage than Guillermo Del Toro directed the first cinematic take on Hellboy in 2004, starring Ron Perlman as Hellboy, and also helmed the 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Now Hellboy is being rebooted with Neil Marshall instead of Del Toro in the director’s chair, and a look that according to Mignola sticks closer to the original comics.
The first trailer for Hellboy the reboot dropped back in December, but unfortunately was met with a lukewarm response by many fans. Now as reported by CBR, Hellboy is getting set to drop a second trailer next week. The news was actually leaked by Mignola himself in a tweet, since deleted, that also promised the new trailer is “so much better” than the underwhelming one that debuted back in December.
Complaints from fans about the first trailer largely revolved around the clip’s use of Billy Idol’s “Mony, Mony,” an upbeat song that many say clashes with the movie’s supposedly darker tone (unlike the first two Hellboy movies, the new film will be rated-R, allowing it to preserve more of the comics’ extreme violence). Even before the trailer dropped, some fans were apprehensive about what Marshall would do with the character after Del Toro’s take, and expressed worries about Harbour living up to the standard set by Perlman in the original films.
Of course, such concerns are par for the course for any reboot or sequel that seeks to please a property with a loyal and discerning fanbase. Hopefully, the second Hellboy trailer will appease fans who found themselves feeling trepidation after what the first trailer delivered. It’s of course important to keep in mind that trailers are not just for the hardcore fans but are also created with an eye toward capturing the attention of the general public. Striking a balance between appealing to diehards and winning over non-fans is always a tricky balancing act, one that the first Hellboy trailer apparently failed to pull off.