When you come at the king, you best not miss. That’s something star David Harbour should probably bear in mind, as with the first Hellboy trailer soon to drop, the actor’s busy throwing some very minor shade at Avengers: Endgame.
Today saw him unveil a motion poster for his upcoming release on Instagram, showing our hero raising the Right Hand of Doom to the heavens and a bolt of lightning striking to meet it. It’s an appropriately apocalyptic image, and Harbor accompanied it with the following:
“Awwwww, crap. Look who’s coming in April. No, not the 50% still left of the Avengers = hell, that’s practically May… April 12th showers bring one Big Red Flower, beast of the apocalypse, The right hand of doom, the buttkicker of the BPRD, and a host of all kinds of big ole giants and witches and fairies and janky overgrown ugly pig monsters from your nightmares. Trailer drops Thursday.”
Well, it certainly sounds like he’s got Mike Mignola’s voice down in this. Given the skepticism of fans who were hoping for a third film by Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman, they’d better conduct one hell of a PR offensive to win people over. After all, based on what we’ve heard out of some advance screenings, they might have an uphill battle, as what’s currently completed doesn’t seem to have gone down especially well.
Still, there’s enough time until its April release to tweak what’s in the can, and at least director Neil Marshall doesn’t sound like he’s going to hold anything back when it comes to gory horror elements:
“It was always a case of, ‘When in doubt, go back to the source material.’ Some of the stuff is pretty sick. More violent and more bloody. We weren’t making it with handcuffs on.”
I’ve been a fan of Hellboy ever since the early comics in the 90s, and while I would have preferred to see Perlman return to the role, at this point I’ll take what I can get. So, unless the reviews really are absolutely terrible, I’ll definitely be there opening night.