DC and Marvel (be it Marvel Studios or projects from 20th Century Fox and Sony) have cornered the superhero movie market, but every now and then there's a project that hails from another company to impress audiences. Last decade, Hellboy left his mark in the earlier years of the comic book movie boom across two movies under the creative vision of Guillermo del Toro, and now the Dark Horse comics character is finally returning to the big screen for a new generation. Like any self-respecting reboot, this new movie is expected to tackle Hellboy much differently compared to its predecessors, and depending on how well it does critically and commercially, it could potentially launch a new series of films. With less than a year to go until Hellboy's release, here's everything we know about it so far.
When Is Hellboy's Release Date?
Rather than face off against other major motion pictures in the summer season or even take its chances in the spring or fall periods, Hellboy has set up shop in a month that's not the typical destination for a comic book movie. Hellboy is currently scheduled to be released on January 11, 2019. By that point, the major December releases will have been out for at least a few weeks, and the only major competition that Hellboy will face that opening weekend is the Brad Pitt-led science fiction movie Ad Astra. If Hellboy had opted to open in a more traditional release window, it's possible that the other movies opening during that time might have affected its box office draw, but by coming out at the beginning of the year, it ideally will have a lot less trouble drawing crowds. Of course, it is worth noting that Hellboy won't be the only superhero-related movie that comes out in January 2019, as a week later, M. Night Shyamalan's Glass hits theaters, which serves as a sequel to both 2000's Unbreakable and 2016's Split.
What Is Hellboy's Rating?
Technically Hellboy hasn't been officially rated by the MPAA yet, but the goal is for the new movie to rest comfortably in R-rated territory. According to Mike Mignola, the man who created Hellboy, the reason for this isn't because the reboot will necessarily be more violent than the Guillermo del Toro-helmed ones, but because it allows for more creative freedom. Rather than go the fantastical route that its predecessors went, Hellboy will have more of a horror twist, so it will definitely feel like a darker movie. Assuming that Hellboy does gain that R rating, while one shouldn't assume that it will be an all-out gore fest, it also means that this is a comic book movie that you shouldn't bring the kiddies to see.
Inheriting the reins left behind by Guillermo del Toro is Neil Marshall, a man who has experience directing both horror and action-packed tales. His movie-making resume includes Dog Soldiers and The Descent, while in the television realm, he's directed on Game of Thrones (one of his episodes earned him an Emmy nomination), Black Sails, Constantine, Hannibal, Timeless and Westworld. He is also an executive producer on Netflix' Lost in Space reboot series. Hellboy is unquestionably Marshall's biggest cinematic endeavor yet, but given his past horror work and how much more intense this reboot will be compared to its predecessors, ideally he's just the right kind of creative mind to bring a fresh perspective to this property. It wouldn't have been wise to hire someone too similar to del Toro, and if all goes well, Marshall will do a good job ensuring that his Hellboy movie can stand on its own.