The Internet has certainly been kept pretty busy today with all these new images and trailers from various films and shows dropping like holiday presents from the sky.
Another one of these things is the Hellboy reboot trailer. Starring David Harbour as the titular character, the film sees him try to stop the sorceress Nimue the Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich) who is trying to start a monster uprising. Plus, there’s the prophecy about how he will bring about the Apocalypse. The film pulls directly from the comic series penned by Mike Mignola and illustrated by Duncan Fegredo, specially the three miniseries Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, and The Storm and the Fury.
Woo-boy, that’s a lot to deal with. Hellboy, an experienced monster hunter, is struggling with it all as he tries to reconcile his demonic heritage and his human upbringing. Then there’s that thing were he, a demon, is hunting down other creatures like him.
As Harbour tells Entertainment Weekly, “It comes from this relationship with his father, who on the one hand claims to love him and on the other hand lies to him about certain things and wants him to be this weapon in this world. It’s the fundamental paradox: ‘How are you feeling today, my serial killer of your fellow beings?’ Like wait, you want me to be this brutal machine but then you care how I feel?”
Of course, then there’s an existential crisis to contend with. That’s always fun, especially with that prophecy coming into play.
On it, Harbour said, “It’s not an origin story, but it’s his coming to terms with where he came from. He’s been Hellboy for a long time, but there’s a new turn of events at the start of the film, where people start to bring up the fact that he might bring about the end of the world, and it’s really the first time he’s heard anything like that. The question that comes up in the movie is where does he really belong?”
The trailer itself has so far divided both fans and critics. Either they think its a good return to form or they’re missing Guillermo del Toro’s version of the character already. As for us? Well, we’re huge fans of everything del Toro did with the character. We’re always willing to wait and see what the actual movie will bring.
From what we saw of the trailer, though? It’s very much its own thing and we respect that 100%. Plus who doesn’t like “Mony Mony”?
Hellboy hits theatres April 12th.