What the hell is Savage Avengers? When will the third season of Legion premiere on FX? Did you hear Avengers: Endgame is now the most tweeted-about movie ever? Did Doctor Strange let Thanos win for a different reason than it seems? Could Kang the Conquerer come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Are you ready for some new Avengers: Endgame Funko POP with spoilers? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Even though the Hellboy reboot bombed, is David Harbour‘s portrayal better than Ron Perlman? Ready for some Avengers: Endgame updates for your favorite Marvel mobile games? Did Johnny Depp really try to have Amber Heard fired from Aquaman? What can we expect from Shazam! deleted scenes? What comic book answer won the new Jeopardy record holder another round? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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This weekend’s Hellboy box office was…well, hell. The Neil Marshall-helmed comic book reboot was met with the cold shoulder from audiences on its opening weekend, earning $12 million, beneath reigning champ Shazam! and the Regina Hall comedy Little.
But it wasn’t the only anticipated new film to be beaten by a Little competition. Laika’s Missing Link, which earned rave reviews and followed up the stop-motion animation studio’s Oscar-nominated Kubo and the Two Strings, also flopped at the box office, raking in a measly $5 million.
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The new Hellboy movie is currently sitting at a miserable 12% on Rotten Tomatoes. Our review calls it “one of the worst comic book movies ever made.” When that level of negative buzz swirls around a movie, it’s inevitable that stories will begin to emerge which attempt to lay the blame at someone else’s feet – because if there’s one thing that’s remained true in Hollywood since its earliest days, it’s that nobody is going to willingly accept blame if it can be shuffled off elsewhere.
So in the wake of such a poor critical reception, it’s not surprising that a new report has arrived detailing some production troubles on the Hellboy set, including claims that the producers attempted to undermine director Neil Marshall (one of the producer’s attorneys denies this), star David Harbour butted heads with Marshall, and more.
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It’s only been fifteen years since Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro and frequent collaborator Ron Perlman introduced moviegoers to the sight of a trenchcoated, gun-toting red demon with horns filed down to stumps on his head. The 2004 Hellboy and especially its sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, sometimes stray into sentimentalism in a way that puts them at odds, tonally, with creator Mike Mignola’s original Hellboy comics, which were more pulp horror adventures. Yet it’s their whimsical touches — the soulful monsters, the hidden fairy tale realms, the character-based humor, and yes, even the occasional sing-along — that give these films their charm.
The new R-rated Hellboy reboot, starring David Harbour of Stranger Things, hits theaters on Friday and Mignola and Harbour have been touting it as more loyal to the comics. It’s understandable why they would make that a selling point for fans. While the look of Perlman’s Hellboy remains one of the better live-action visualizations of a comics character that there’s ever been, del Toro’s films weren’t slavish adaptations. More fantasy than pulp, they were arguably truer to the spirit of his filmography than their own source material. However, that overlap is precisely what makes them interesting and worth revisiting.
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In a word, Hellboy is unpleasant. Other appropriate adjectives to describe this reboot include dreadful, obnoxious, unnecessary, and interminable. Considering the shadow cast by the two Hellboy films written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, it might be easy to presume that this new version simply pales in comparison. Though that’s true, let’s not belabor the point: this Hellboy is quite bad all on its own. There’s no need to compare this to del Toro’s films, because to do so would just inspire pain.
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Lionsgate is making sure Hellboy is a movie that will be seared onto your eyeballs, and your eardrums. The studio released a new Hellboy featurette spotlighting the film’s gruesome practical effects and makeup, crafted by the Academy Award-winning make-up artist Joel Harlow, best known for his work on Star Trek. On top of that, our the first listen of the Hellboy music score composed by Benjamin Wallfisch is out on the interwebs, and it is literal fire. Read More »