The first trailer of the reboot of Hellboy starring David Harbor has triggered the controversy. Too easy humor for the big man born in the Mike Mignonla comics for Dark Horse? Let’s analyze the question around his tone.
By 2019, I should change my name to Mr. Hot Potato, because that’s what they just happened to me. Not even two days ago the year has started and I already have one of those burning your fingers in your hands. And is that today’s theme, with which I open the round of opinion blogs, columns, etc is none other than the one that brought us the release of the first trailer of the new Hellboy movie. You know, that movie that was originally going to be called Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, but that, in the end, seems to have preferred to go to the simple and stay alone in “Chico del Infierno”.
Having these two axes in mind, we have to honestly ask ourselves which study has the noses Hellboy full movie of betting on this and doing it just like the comic book. Especially with the precedent of Hellboy Guillermo del Toro so fresh in the collective imagination. And this, I think, is at the heart of the issue behind the Hellboy played by Dave Harbor and what we’ve seen in the trailer.
Some time ago, I talked about a blog based on a comic that did not have to be 100% faithful to the original work to work well on screen. I continue to defend this idea. However, in the case of the new Hellboy movie we have to approach the question in another way. Because it gives me that the reboot is not an adaptation of a comic, but the adaptation of a previously made film, which was based on a comic.
The feeling that I have been to see the trailer is that this film from Lions Gate is intended to start from the vision of Hellboy that embodied Ron Perlman. This makes all the sense of the world, if we consider that this project was originally born as Hellboy 3, a direct sequel to Hellboy: The Golden Army. But, because del Toro was removed from production and Perlman refused to retake the role, the project remained in the drawer for several years.