HELLBOY Going Back To The Darkside
In 2004 Hellboy came to the big screen and to the surprise of many, it did very well enough to make a second movie four years later. Nine years after Hellboy: The Golden Army, the Dark Horse franchise demon is getting a reboot with the R-rated stamp. The huge fan praise of Logan and Deadpool has given new direction and new life to many comic book characters who have already been on the big screen but might have been restrained by PG-13 ratings and so lacked the appeal of their drawn counterparts.
We have all seen the result of a film who’s character has been watered down for the younger movie goers, one of those bad outcomes being Bane and Mister Freeze in Schumacher’s, Batman & Robin. Two of Batman’s greatest villains were reduced to a mindless oversized muscle head and a corny joke cracking, weightlifting Arnold Schwarzenegger. These are memories no child should suffer through and the Hellboy reboot director, Neil Marshall, is in agreement, something he shared with Mick Garris on Garris’ podcast (via EW);
“It’s like, okay, so now we can just make the movie we want to make. It’s not like I’m going to force it to be R-rated, but if it happens to come out that way, just because of my own sensibilities, then fine. And nobody’s going to stop us. So, that’s the main [difference]. And I’m sure, obviously, the success of things like Deadpool and Logan have not hurt that cause. But, also, when you go back the original material, it is kind of bloody, so I’m going to embrace that.”
There is obviously a great level of freedom that comes from being able to film as you wish, letting the energy of the film dictate the outcome and not try to control it. Marshall even went further with his desire to make a more real and grounded film by wanting to use as little CG as possible. He shared this with Mick Garris;
“I love to do stuff in camera whenever I possibly can, and use CG as the amazing tool that it is, to enhance or expand upon the world, but not to use it to replace reality, when you can do it [for] real.”
Nine years is a long wait for a reboot, especially when it feels like Spider-Man has one every other year, but from the sounds of it, we are in store for a darker and bloodier Hellboy. I guess that would make sense since he is a demon and all.
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