With the new Hellboy just over a year away, BD takes the time to dig into his history, for both the comic books and the films regarding this amazing character.
David Harbour is set to play Big Red this time around, which leaves many wondering about the original cast. All questions that are answered here!
What’s up everybody welcome back to the Devils in the details, I’m BD, and man do I have A hot topic for today.
I have recently found out that a Hellboy reboot is currently in production and all I can think is.
Titled Hellboy formerly sub titled Rise of the Blood Queen.
The R-rated film’s release date is slated for January 11th 2019. Cast as the occult battling well-meaning half demon is David Harbour.
Harbour, who’s currently enjoying an extremely successful run on Stranger Things currently airing on Netflix said that he was excited by the concept, to make a real monster movie that’s dark and scary and about the end of the world.
Neil Marshall Who is best known for some of Game of Thrones greatest episodes is attached to direct, Marshall had also previously expressed interest in doing a solo Black Widow movie for Marvel Studios.
With Marshall in as director, many fans were left wondering what happened to Guillermo Del Toro, not to mention Ron Perlman who had portrayed Hellboy in both theatrical films.
Although the frequent collaborators tweeted and interviewed with all of their might to will a third film into existence, ultimately, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola opted to relaunch the franchise with a new director and star.
Perlman and Del Toro seem to have made peace with it. In an interview with Cinemablend, the director wished Harbour well in assuming the mantle, saying that he likes him and although he’s not involved in the movie, he does wish them luck.
Perlman on the other hand, who let’s face it, was perfect as the snarky, cigar chomping, half demon superhero wasn’t bitter, and although all of the rallying to get a third film done ended up proving to be a waste of time, it’s still must’ve stung a little bit.
Perlman went on to say that he was a fan of Harbour, and that he wished him nothing but the best when it came to the retooling of Hellboy.
Harbour, who’s always been a huge fan of Perlman and has always admired his work got in touch with him when the news broke, and asked if he would like to have dinner with him.
Harbour had one of his friends, Patton Oswald host the dinner. Harbour did ask Perlman if he had any tips on playing Ol’ Red.
Ian McShane is set to take up the mantle as Trevor Bruttenholm or professor Broom, a role previously filled by John Hurt in the 2008 adaptation of the comic book.
And Milla Jovovich has been cast to play the evil Witch Sorceress Nimue also referred to as The Blood Queen.
So who is Hellboy? Hellboy was created by writer artist Mike Mignola. His first appearance was in Dime Press magazine number four in March of 1993 where he graced the cover.
His Second appearance which was his first full Hellboy appearance in black-and-white, was in the San Diego Comicon Comics number two later in August of that year
And his very first colour appearance was in a regularly published Dark Horse title called Next Men number 21 in December of 1993.
Hellboy, whose true name is Anung Un Rama, which translated means, well, many different things depending on the language you want to translate it with, but for Mignola’s definition of it, it would mean “upon his brow is set a crown of flame.”
Hellboy was born on October 5 1617, his birth mother was Sarah Hughes, a witch who gained her powers from being a consort of the demon Azzael, a Duke of hell who is Hellboy’s biological father.
Azzael Took Sarah’s body to hell when she attempted to repent on her deathbed within a church in East Bromwich England.
Azzael burned her away so their child would be born, and chopped off the newborns right hand to replace it with The Right Hand of Doom.
The hand itself is a key or catalyst. The hand originally belonged to a spiritual being known as Anum which used it to create the dragon Ogdru Jahad. After binding the dragon, Anum was slain and destroyed except for his right hand. The hand possesses powers capable of bringing about the worlds end.
It isn’t necessary for the hand to be attached to Hellboy to be used, even on its own in can perform its tasks.
However, it has been suggested that since being grafted to Hellboy, it’s thought that if Hellboy dies while the hand is attached to him, it would become useless. Hellboy has come to the conclusion that the only way to prevent it from falling into the wrong “hands” is to keep it and protect it.
Hellboy is eventually summoned to earth, by Nazi occultists and the mad monk Grigori Rasputin on Tarmagant Island off the coast of Scotland.
Having been commissioned by the Nazis to change the tide of a losing war, as a direct result of this ritual, the child appears on earth in a fireball at what remained of the ruined Bromwich church on December 23, 1944.
Proving not to be a devil, in the traditional sense, but a devil like creature, the child was dubbed Hellboy by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm.
Taken by the United States Armed Forces to an Air Force Base in New Mexico, Hellboy was raised by Professor broom and the United States Army, Broom raised him as a normal child would be raised. And this is where his relationship to the bureau for paranormal research and defence began.
Due to the success of his first mission in 1952, Hellboy was granted honorary human status by the United Nations and became a full member of the B.P.R.D.
He actually becomes THE primary agent for the BPRD, alongside other humans and quasi human agents that include Abe Sapien, an amphibian humanoid and Liz Sherman, a young pyrokinetic.
Hellboy ages very differently from humans, his rapid physical maturation is in contrast to his actual rate of aging, he ages much slower than humans.
As an adult, having matured physically, he still retains a teenaged mind.
Hellboy’s powers are not limited to decelerated ageing either, he has a superhuman indurance, capable of withstanding wounds that would be fatal to ordinary humans without being incapacitated, as well as recovering from injury at an incredible rate.
He’s been shown to withstand great impact forces, high calibre bullets and falls from great heights.
He also possesses a thermal resistance, thanks to his demonic heritage, Hellboy’s body is quite resistant against high temperatures and fire without feeling discomfort. He is resilient, if not immune to heat or burns and even electrocution.
He has enhanced sight, and can see further than the average human.
The extent of his strength remains unclear but he has been known to fling 500 pound objects without breaking a sweat.
Not much about the upcoming film has been released yet, so far there’s only been one official image, and also one release by Harbour himself.
I am definitely liking the new look. Hellboy is wearing his hair down as opposed to in a ponytail.
His sanded down horns seem to be larger than in the previous movies, and that is most likely his traditional BPRD jacket, although I don’t see the logo on it.
Another, obvious observation, is the amazing physical transformation that Harbour has gone through to portray the character.
Harbour went through an intense training program with Don Saladino.
It remains to be seen if this R-rated film will be successful or not, Hellboy is not considered to be a mainstream comic book character, but then again, neither was Deadpool.
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D: I know him
BD: You know Hellboy?
BD: No you don’t
D: I’m friends with him
BD: No you’re not
D: I was friends with his father
BD: no you weren’t
D: I’m telling you, he’s been over for dinner.
BD: you’re so full of shit
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