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First Look: David Harbour is Incredibly Badass as ‘Hellboy’

Wow. We couldn’t possibly be happier about how this is turning out.

When we learned that Ron Perlman would not be playing the character he made famous on the big screen for Neil Marshall’s rated-R take on Hellboy, we couldn’t help but be a little bit bummed out. After all, Perlman was perfectly cast in the role.

But our worries have been curbed now that we’ve been provided with our first look at “Stranger Things” standout David Harbour as the brand new iteration of the character.

Holy. Shit. Take our money right now. All of it.

Meet your new Hellboy below!

The cast also includes Milla Jovovich as Nimue, the film’s villain; Ian McShane as Professor Broom; Daniel Dae Kim as Major Ben Daimio; Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida; and Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan.

The new story sees the hero squaring off against a medieval sorceress who seeks to destroy humankind.

Aron Coleite worked on the latest draft of a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin and Mike Richardson are the producers. Hellboy is being executive produced by Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, and Carl Hampe.

Look for the new film in 2018.



  • Cheddar Hayes

    This could be big, like Blair Witch big.

  • ShadowInc

    Not too shabby.

  • He honestly doesn’t look that different from Ron Perlman, which is fine by me.

  • Cappy Tally

    I love how they lit him here, bringing Mingola’s trademark heavily-shadowed style to three-dimensional life. Also, as if it needs to be said, he looks fucken perfect.

  • Bla Blah

    Idk. Sure he looks badass… but I have the same issue with him as I did with the other bellboy. His body looks disproportionate. I can’t put my finger on what it is but I think his head needs to be altered to be slightly larger or something. That said, I wish they would have done something more. Bealcauss if u had told me this was a picture from the previous ones, I would believe you

  • David Abraham

    Not sure about the long hair but looks like a visually-improved version of Ron Perlman’s Hellboy, but slightly meaner and more “metal”. I hope that they can be consistent with the cool lighting effects in the entire movie and not just this single image. It would be cool if it actually did have a Mignola style with hard lines and shadows. Still sad about no Ron Perlman though, he brought heart to the character. Will have to see this one in action.

  • To me, he was one of the saving graces of Stranger Things, so this just got a little more interesting.

  • Bart Crowe

    It’s going to take seeing the new Hellboy in motion to tell if I like the character design or not. Ron Perlman was just so perfect in the role that it’s going to be near impossible to live up to that standard.

    • Imbrie

      Harbour’s a great actor and he looks superb in this first pic so I’m pretty hopeful that he’s going to make a superb Hellboy. Wasn’t particularly bothered about this reboot before but now I’m really looking forward to seeing Harbour’s take on the character.

  • He REALLY looks like Ron Perlman to me.

    • Sean Mullen

      Looks like Hellboy to me…

  • C-3PO’s

    Looks like one mean son of a bitch.

  • zombie84_41

    this is beyond badass hope it will be badass

  • Dead-behavoir

    Big mean red motherfucker!! Dope

  • REC03

    Did he really get that buff or is that prosthetics? he looks pretty badass though.

  • Jada Maes

    …My nips just went all pointy.

  • I understand that Ron Perlman was the spitting image of the comics Hellboy, but they didn’t do enough to make David Harbour look different. I don’t think that casual viewers will know this is a reboot.

    • Cappy Tally

      I don’t get this. If he looked too different, he’d be rejected by movie fans for not looking enough like the Ron Perlman version AND by comic fans for not looking enough like the illustrated version. Considering part of the point of this film is seemingly to try and be closer to the comics, it’s a given that they’ll look somewhat similar considering the look of Hellboy isn’t one of the things the old movies changed very much.

      • I think they should have done something to make him look different from the Ron Perlman version, but still remain faithful to the comics version (after all, this film is based on the comic, not the Del Toro films). As it stands, he looks nearly identical to Ron Perlman. Perhaps they could have done something different with the make-up or horns, because most of the audience that doesn’t keep track of day-to-day movie news isn’t going to have any idea this is a reboot now.

        • Creepshow

          Please stop. Shut it down, Mr. Wayne.

          • I stand by everything. This design does not properly differentiate this version of the character from Ron Perlman’s. The differences are far too subtle for the majority of the audience.


          • Cappy Tally

            When it comes to the horns it’s not a fair comparison. The first pic is from a scene in which Hellboy has just broken off his horns by hand, not from the majority of the film in which they’re in the standard “filed down” form.


            Clearly there is a different texture with the new horns, which are also clearly larger.

          • I was under the impression that the film was called Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen (which makes it sounds like another sequel to the layman). If the title was changed to Hellboy, that’s a step in the right direction given the design.

            As for the design, the picture is doused in an orange light. I’m not sure the skin tone is much different (we’ll have to see). In regards to Ron Perlman, yes I am well aware that his design was faithful to the comic book. But when you are adapting comic art to screen, there are multiple ways to do it. Frankly, I find the new Hellboy design to be far to similar to the old one in relation to telling them apart.

            There are plenty of ways that they could have made David Harbour look different from Ron Perlman without straying from the source material. More noticable cuts, solid orange eyes, the type of make-up, potentially a different shade of red, distinct clothing (we’ll have to see what Harbour’s trench coat looks like), the prosthetics, more or less facial hair, ETC.


          • Cappy Tally

            The new black and white image shows his facial features to be much stronger, more distinctly different shapes from the Perlman makeup, along with a look at his trench coat.


          • That looks better. Of course, the final verdict will be the posters, trailers, and promotional campaign. My biggest concern is them looking so similar that the general audience doesn’t realise it’s a different version and not just a simple recast. The title change helps a lot.

          • Cappy Tally

            Like I said, I expect the shift in tone to help a lot. Neil Marshall and GDT are very different filmmakers, and I have a pretty good feeling that this film will have a vibe that’s different enough to stand apart.

            Also, real quick, can I just say I appreciate the civility of this conversation? It’s nice to know someone out there can disagree without being a dick about it.

          • Creepshow

            You’re spending far too much time worrying about the majority of the audience. They’ll be fine.

          • Wayne here, he can keep going.

        • Cappy Tally

          Except it is already different enough. The red is different. The face is different. The horns are bigger and have a rougher texture. The right hand of doom is clearly different in texture and color. The little swirly details are gone. The hair is different. Stray too far and you alienate both movie Hellboy fans AND comic Hellboy fans. There’s not a lot of room to be different from the past film version but still be faithful to the comics. I’d say they succeeded.

          • Except they didn’t. They look nearly identical. The only substantial difference is the longer hair. And 99% of the audience isn’t going to notice a slightly different shade of red. I wouldn’t be surprised if you looked at the two side-by-side to come up with that. Also – the texture is similar enough and the face is exactly the same.

            As I said, given that the film isn’t even called something like Hellboy or The Hellboy, the promotional campaign is going to have to work double time for the audience to know that this isn’t another sequel. Frankly, it needed to stray farther from the Del Toro version than it did (yet still remain faithful to the comic book). I’d say it didn’t succeed.

          • Cappy Tally

            I noticed the differences right away. The more metallic right hand, the slightly more angular shapes around the eyes, the larger horns, the lack of little swirly designs, all noticeable to me at a glance. I will grant you that not everyone is going to notice these differences as quickly as I did, but if you think I’m being insincere about how easily and how quickly I noticed these differences, you are mistaken.

            When the Del Toro version is already very close to the comic, that leaves a very slim margin to stray from one and not the other. I’m not sure why you don’t understand that. As far as audiences understanding that this isn’t a sequel, I expect enough of a tonal difference overall that it shouldn’t be too difficult.

            And the film actually is called just Hellboy now. Are you not aware that the title was shortened? It certainly doesn’t help that some outlets continue to report on the film with its longer working title.

            One thing’s for sure, if Abe Sapien is due to appear in the film, there’s a much wider margin between the previous film version and the comic version.

  • J Jett

    looks good to me!

  • Zeke Teke

    I’ll take it!

  • GunsOfNavarone

    I just can’t make my mind up about this. I need to see the trailer I guess. I think something I liked about Del Toro’s is that it had heart and this looks really serious. I mean I guess it’s only 1 image but we’ll see.

  • Creepshow

    There is still a big piece of this puzzle that intrigues me. Through Del Toro, it sounded like a new Hellboy in general, was a struggle to get going. Then it was dead in the water. Then he had a petition for fans to show their support for Hellboy 3. He needed 100,000 likes/votes or some shit. He got the support, yet it still sounded like it was…d e a d!

    Then BAM!!!…..We got new Hellboy.

    Del Toro sounds like a “kooky old wizard”, who only has a couple of tricks that actually work.

    • Jack Derwent

      Willing to bet this is being made on a fraction of the budget Guillermo proposed for his third film.

      • GunsOfNavarone

        Exactly. What studio is going to take a gamble on a hard R property that hardly lit up the box office the first time around.

      • Creepshow

        It sure seems like they were moving forward with a new Hellboy, and Del Toro was left in the dark right up to the last minute.

  • Ima Hugger

    Yep, that’s Hellboy alright.

  • Baron Von Marlon

    The face has a certain ape-vibe to it.

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    • Baron Von Marlon

      Mother… Tell your children not to walk my way
      Tell Hollywood to get Perlman back
      Del Toro too
      Oh, mother!

  • Baron von Marshmallow

    Definitely looks more badass and intimidating than the family-friendly version of Perlman. Looks like the movie really will be a little bit more violent. And I’m totally in.

  • Fufv rur45

    Love the books. The last two films were great despite the changes. Wish they would have ended the story before a reboot. Marshall is a good director. It looks good, but it still looks like pearlmans face. Wtf does the hair remind me of danzig? Ill give it a chance. The actor is a dipshit,but not going for him. Everyone bashed pennywise, but came around. So, let’s see. Ill pass judgement after I view a preview. Mike wanted to start fresh, but im not so sure. Hmm

  • He looks a bit more evil and I love the look to be fair! And Hellboy overall. PErlman was great as Hellboy and perfect for the role. I still feel it is a bit too soon to get a reboot but excited to see Milla as a villain!

  • Matty Ice 2016

    If it’s bloody, violent, dark, and bad ass, I’m in. The first two were a little juvenile.

  • Glitchiee Glitch

    ho…. llllyy….. shit… i was not expecting that !!!!! but hey guess what ………..ITS NOT FUCKING RON PEARLMAN!
    ID LIKE TO ADD.. im drunk.. forgive my shit spelling

  • MulderIsBack

    Hellboy directors cut elevated the first film. He varied too far from tone set in first film for second film. Although i like closure, i am open to this.

  • Ocelot006 .

    Looks great. Still not on board with Milla being the baddie.

    • Steven G Thomas

      She’s perfect …

  • KennyThaKilla

    Doesn’t look like a real picture. Seems like CGI.

  • Mick Hagan

    Is going to fight another giant fucking squid, the first 2 movies had great potential but fucked by a shit director Guillermo del Toro ,you need to let Zack Snyder make these type of movies.

    • DrewHamster

      Oh hell no! Zack Snyder is awful. His films are all style no substance and his “style” is typically making a ugly dark cgi mess.

    • James

      The first hellboy had a wonderfully lovecraftian ending, so of course it was giant squids and it was awesome.

    • drijcore

      Wait, what? Guillermo del Toro is shit but Zack Snyder is good?

    • Cory Smith

      You sir are a retard.

    • GDT is shit but Snyder gets the thumbs up? You’re on crack right?! Right?

    • Drakk_Mallor

      Don’t feed the troll.

  • Kio Koi

    Is it just me or it looks like the Ron Perlman version with long hair?

    • aka it looks like Hellboy with long hair?

      • Barry El Beardo

        Hellboy has such a distinct look that I think if you defer away from the source material, it wouldn’t look like Hellboy

  • Cheddar Hayes

    This could be the biggest thing since Blair Witch.

  • Funny how most are saying he looks like Ron Perlman.

    Actually they both look like Hellboy. Bravo. Bring on the new film for this very patient diehard Mignolaverse fan!

  • Pissy Clown

    He looks great just like the comic books, I am a happy boy!

  • pikppa .

    Puah, why change Ron Perlman?

    • Xander Holland

      Ron is 67 years old. Time catches up to us all.

      • KennyThaKilla

        And Ron has stated he was ready for one last ride. Hell, he campaigned for a third movie harder than anyone. And he should’ve been given one.

    • Oh, they replaced the main character? Thanks for telling me… I didn’t even know. Until I did a quick Google search, damn the make-up looks good, he looks just like the original. Now for “me” it is not worth watching. I haven’t even the 2nd film. The only Hellboy film I have seen was the first.

  • Will Ft. Daft Punk

    Doesnt look that different, which is a good thing IMHO.

  • marklola12 .

    looks more or less like it could be ron lol

  • CatPerson2011

    Looks good

  • Freida Peeple

    Shorts,damn you,HE WEARS SHORTS!

  • Drakk_Mallor

    I hope the new movie does justice to the awesome mish-mash of mythologies and folklore and gothicism and sci-fi that goes on in the Mignola-verse. Having HB lit in stark high contrast full black shadow like this is a good sign. Great reference to Mignola’s art. I love Guillermo del Toro but he tried to turn Hellboy from Mignola’s “Flaming ‘Nola” to his own “Flaming ‘Mo”. For the haters out there who’ve only seen the 2 del Toro movies and know nothing about the character otherwise…well, it’s cute you think your opinions matter.

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