Despite the majority of comic book movies in 2019 being from Marvel and DC, their characters aren’t the only ones going from page to screen. In April of 2019, a reboot of Hellboy will premiere in an ever-growing sea of comic book films. Hellboy returns to the big screen following two fairly well-received movies in the mid-2000’s directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Fans of the comic book series and movies might have been skeptical at the idea of a different director and actor being a part of a series that was made so distinctive by Del Toro and actor Ron Perlman; however, with a more adult tone and hard R-rating set in mind for this reboot, fans are no doubt curious to see what director Neil Marshall is cooking up.
Stranger Things actor David Harbour replaces Rob Perlman in the title role, and the actor announced on Instagram that the first trailer for the new Hellboy will premiere on Thursday, December 20. The post consists of a motion poster depicting Hellboy raising his fist as lightning appears against a dark red sky, revealing a demonic face. In the caption of the post, Harbour writes, “Guess Who’s Back, No, not 50% of the Avengers, hell, that’s practically May,” as Avengers: Endgame premieres at the very end of April.
It is important to consider that Hellboy premieres not only in the same month as Endgame, but also the same month as DC’s Shazam!, so there is a decent amount of competition for the horned hero. However, there is still a decent amount of hype for the new Hellboy since it skews toward the horror crowd, being a much darker and more adult comic book movie compared to the DC and Marvel competition.
Check out the full Instagram post below. Hellboy lands in theaters on April 12. 2019.