Detailed Description of the HELLBOY Reboot Footage That Screened at NYCC
Over the weekend, the very first footage from the upcoming Hellboy reboot was screened at NYCC. Cast members David Harbour (Hellboy), Sasha Lane (Alice Monaghan) and Daniel Dae Kim (Ben Daimio) as well as creator Mike Mignola were all in attendance and while they were there they shared a trailer for the film. We won’t see this trailer online for awhile but thanks to ComingSoon we have a detailed description of that trailer to share with you in case you’re curious:
“They warned us that something was coming…” says a female voice.
The 2-minute Hellboy trailer opens with a shot of a London apartment building, then cuts to a huge cavernous fantasyscape, rocky with a big lake. Two tiny figures walk on one of the rocky surfaces.
“If there is ever an end in this forever war… it will be because of you, and your strong right hand,” says Ian McShane’s Professor Broom in voiceover.
Hellboy himself is introduced getting out of an armored vehicle in front of a museum, whereupon he immediately gets shot at by the SWAT team.
“HEY! I’m on your side!” screams Hellboy.
“Sorry,” says the cop.
“My bad,” replies Hellboy, setting the somewhat cheeky tone as a version of Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony” kicks in. Professor Broom continues to voiceover…
“We’re the line in the sand. We fight against the forces of darkness.”
Hellboy, Alice and Ben go into a grungy fish and chips shop to get to the BPRD headquarters.
“This is it?” asks Hellboy.
“Expecting a sign that says secret headquarters?” replies Ben.
A quant bell jingles as they walk into the shop, and an old lady behind the counter gives Hellboy a once over.
“I’ll need some ID, love,” says the old lady.
“Are… are you serious?” replies Hellboy.
What follows is a barrage of shots set to the Idol song, including lots of monsters! There’s a fistfight with a giant practical creature twice the size of Hellboy, a house on legs in a snowy forest that Hellboy falls out of, a fiery hellscape with a skeletal bird creature flying over it, etc.
“Why’d you make me a weapon?” Hellboy asks Broom.
Broom replies, “I just wanted to help you become the best. You.”
We see Alice looking sweetly at Hellboy, establishing the romantic connection between the two. There’s a beauty shot where Hellboy takes his big gun out of its case to show Alice.
“Some dads get their kids LEGO’s,” Hellboy tells her. We then see a shot of him shooting a hole right through a monster’s head.
“Are we saving the world or something?” Alice asks.
Some snooty guy in a restaurant asks Hellboy if his Right Hand of Doom does anything special. “It smashes things real good,” Hellboy replies. We then see a scene of him in an elevator, he punches the buttons and the elevator drops.
The tagline “SAVE THE WORLD FOR THE HELL OF IT” pops up. Professor Broom says, “You are mankind’s best and only hope.”
“I thought we were supposed to be fighting monsters, not working with them,” says the facially-scarred Ben.
“Who you calling a monster, pal? You look in the mirror, Scarface?” replies Hellboy.
We see The Blood Queen and her monster henchman opening a whirling vortex, but Hellboy pops in…
“Sorry… did I interrupt?” Hellboy asks her.
“On the contrary, you’re just in time,” replies The Blood Queen.
The trailer ends with Hellboy emerging on a platform rocking the long horns and a flaming sword.
Overall the trailer had a fun, splashy comic book feel blended with director Neil Marshall’s more British flavor of comedy. Fans of the character should not be disappointed!
That certainly reads like an exciting trailer! Now, I can’t wait to see it for myself! We know the film is going to give fans a much darker take on the character, but it’s also going to be an action-packed film as we watch Hellboy battle all kinds of crazy creatures!
It’s said that the new Hellboy freely adapts Mike Mignola’s “The Wild Hunt,” but the creator has a few other ideas that he’d like to see adapted for the big screen if they get to make a sequel. He told the fans:
“There are some favorites of mine I would love to see done. What I’m looking forward to is having the conversation after this movie comes out where we sit down and figure out what the next movie is. I’m very excited to be in that room and start having those conversations. This version is so close to the comic that we will be able to go back to the comic and pick something to do next. With the del Toro picture the relationship between the characters was so different that when we went back for a second del Toro picture we couldn’t go back to the comics because we were so far down the del Toro road. With the next one at least we can go back and start with the comic, somewhere.”
The movie also stars Ian McShane as Professor Broom, Milla Jovovich as the Nimue, Blood Queen, and Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida, a witch who has decided that the Blood Queen's wrath has gone on for too long.
The film is about Hellboy going to England, where he must defeat Nimue, Merlin’s consort and the Blood Queen. But their battle will bring about the end of the world, a fate he desperately tries to turn away.
The movie is set to be released on April 12th, 2019!