However, even so, after nearly a decade of suspended animation, in May 2017, the creator, Mike Mignola, announced that he would bring the Hellboy character back to life. Through a feature film.
The latest Hellboy film project, finally, is indeed being produced. By carrying the star David Harbor. The name stuck after playing in the Netflix original series The Stranger Things (2016). The third Hellboy film was released globally on April 12, 2019.
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The latest Hellboy film is a reboot. Tells about the origins of Hellboy. So, not a continuation of the previous two films. The story is back again from the beginning. In this rebooted version of the film, Hellboy’s character is depicted as younger and more violent than the previous version of Guillermo del Toro. In addition, the story of the search for his identity is also more highlighted.
However, even so, as in the previous two films, in this reboot, Hellboy is still told to be a member of a government organization: the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD). Led by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm (Ian McShane). Who is also the adoptive father who has taken care of the Hell Boy since childhood.
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In carrying out the action, it is said, Hellboy is assisted by two new characters. Which had never appeared in the previous two films. Namely: Alice Monaghan (Sasha Lane). Who has magical abilities. As well as a soldier: Ben Daimio (Daniel Dai Kim). Which can turn into a jaguar when angry or in pain.
Initially, it was Ed Skrein who was lined up to play Ben Daimio. However, the star of the film Deadpool (2016) later resigned. To be precise, after he realized: That, as in the comic version of Hellboy, the character he played was, supposedly, of Japanese-American descent. Skrein also suggested to the director to use an actor of Asian blood.
Meanwhile, in the comic version, Alice Monaghan is a girl of Irish descent with red hair. However, in this version of Hellboy, he is played by Sasha Lane. Who is of African-American descent. The change had caused controversy among fans.
Together with Alice Moanghan and Ben Daimio, in this reboot, it is told, Hellboy must face a very strong enemy. Namely, a witch named Nimue. Dubbed as the Blood Queen. Played by the sexy star of the Resident Evil franchise (2002): Milla Jovovich.
According to ancient English legend, Nimue has lived since the time of King Arthur. At that time, he was defeated by the legendary king. His body was then dismembered. Then each piece is put into a box. To be stored in separate places.
That said, King Arthur was worried that if Nimue were to rise again, he would destroy life on Earth. Therefore, he separated the parts of Nimue’s body. To prevent this disaster from happening.
Btw, broadly speaking, this latest version of the Hellboy film genre is a blend of action, supernatural, and fantasy. Different from the previous two films, this two-hour film is included in the R-rated category. Because many display scenes of violence and bloodshed.