Have you seen David Harbour as Hellboy? Does it remind you of a particular Universal Monster?
It was a friend of mine, yesterday at work, that said someone just posted the first picture of David Harbour as Hellboy. He wasn’t sure if it was real or not, such as most pictures we see across social media. I quickly went to Super Hero Hype to verify and there it was – “Your First Look at the New Hellboy!” Surprisingly, there was more than just one photo, there were two. One featured a full body shot of Stranger Things‘ David Harbour as the well-meaning half-demon created by Mike Mignola. The other, significantly more exciting for me, was a black and white still which I’ve included below:
Do you see it?
There was a period last year that found me watching one Universal Monsters film a day. Going through the entire classic Universal Monsters legacy while also running Universal Monsters Universe had a specific side effect – the monsters were always on my mind. They still are. It may just be my imagination, but doesn’t David Harbour as Hellboy look a bit like Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s Monster and even a bit like the late Bernie Wrightson’s interpretation of Mary Shelley’s famous monster?
I’ve been a fan of Hellboy since Guillermo Del Toro’s 2004 film of the same name. It was through Del Toro’s film that I then went back to the Dark Horse comic books, which I was aware of but just never had read. And, by a chance encounter, I shared a beer with the great Ron Perlman sometime during the summer of 2011. It was at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC and the drink was a Delirium Tremens.
I’m looking forward to Neil Marshall’s reboot of Hellboy. I like Neil Marshall, especially his film The Descent. He also directed two of the best episodes of NBC’s Constantine series. The 47 year old director from Newcastle, England understands horror and he has shown a keen understanding of how to develop horror over the years. Marshall, paired with Christopher Golden (DHC’s “Baltimore”) and Hellboy creator himself, Mike Mignola, should undoubtedly create a Hellboy reboot that is not only faithful to the original graphic novels, but also an original picture that belongs with some of horror’s greatest films like Tod Browning’s Dracula and James Whale’s Frankenstein. The black and white photo perfectly represents Hellboy; David Harbour as Hellboy looks as if he punched his way out of a panel with his right hand of doom. It also captures a very 1930’s/1940’s Universal Monsters feel, right down to the production design and make-up. If Javier Bardem wasn’t already playing Frankenstein’s Monster in the “Dark Universe,” I’d be the first to say get David Harbour!
“Hellboy” opens January 11, 2019 and stars David Harbour, Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Lane, Penelope Mitchell, and Daniel Dae Kim. The film will be distributed by Lionsgate.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)