Debut Trailer for April’s ‘Hellboy’ is a Lot of Devilish Fun (VIDEO)

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brian-mcgee - December 20, 2018


Get ready to have Billy Idol's "Mony Mony" stuck in your head for the rest of the day as the debut trailer for April's Hellboy employs the song liberally throughout its two and a half minute running time. The first thing you'll notice about director Neil Marshall's take on Mike Mignola's most famous creation is that it's much more jokey and lighthearted than Guillermo Del Toro's two chances at the plate.

While fans of Del Toro's more somber yet still fun films is sure to be upset about this new direction, it was really the only way to go in the age of superhero movies. Both prior Hellboy movies were released before the MCU was a thing, so they could afford to be their own thing. Nowadays, people hear "comic book movie" and they get a certain idea in their head, so you have to subvert that.

As for the film itself, it looks like it has got a ton of potential. Marshall is a dude who has toiled in expertly made genre pictures for years (Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Doomsday) so this is his big shot to show what he can do, not unlike James Gunn with Guardians a few years back. If he manages to strike the right balance here while simultaneously being good enough to win over non-fans and disgruntled fans in equal measure, we might have a movie on our hands.

Like Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which opened the week before The Dark Knight, this Hellboy hits theaters on April 12, two weeks before Avengers: Endgame. Godspeed Hellboy...

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