It's no secret that the comic book genre is massively popular. Superhero movies have become the most profitable projects in the business, and plenty of studios are trying to get involved and cash in. As such, just about every comic book hero is on the table, even if they've already had a franchise or two. While not a product of DC or Marvel, Hellboy is one comic book hero who will once again return to the silver screen in 2019.
While Guillermo del Toro tried to get a Hellboy threequel produced, he was unfortunately rebuffed. Now the property is being rebooted, with Stranger Things' David Harbour taking on the title role from actor Ron Perlman. Perlman has been vocal about his disappointment in this choice, and recently took to social media to throw shade at the upcoming project. Check it out.
Hellboy has spilled the tea, ladies and gentlemen. And since he's a demon, it's scorching hot.
Ron Perlman's funny quip comes to us from his personal Instagram page. Perlman used the social media account to throw a meme up, taking aim at the upcoming Hellboy reboot. While using a screenshot of Steve Carrell in Anchorman, the actor draws attention to the fact that Hellboy was recast. He's just not Ron.
Anticipation for the new Hellboy movie has been slowly building, in no small part due to the decision to start fresh with a reboot. While Guillermo del Toro's two movies aren't quite as beloved as installments from the MCU, they made their mark in the early 2000's by using del Toro's vision. And when news hit that the director was trying get another sequel produced, hardcore comic fans were psyched.
Alas, Guillermo del Toro wasn't offered the chance to return. And with his director gone, actor Ron Perlman reportedly refused to reprise his role as the big red guy. As such, a reboot was planned, and new talent was found in the form of Stranger Things breakout star David Harbour.
It should be fascinating to see how the new Hellboy differs from Guillermo del Toro's first two films. The movie is reportedly going for an R-rating, which should allow director Neil Marshall (Westworld, Game of Thrones) to put his own mark on the property, and amp up the violence and adult themes a bit. The movie has been teased to be super violent, and the trailer definitely teased a decidedly more adult adventure.
Our questions will be revealed when Hellboy hits theaters on April 12th, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies this year.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.