At the Hellboy panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday, actor David Harbour appears to have hinted that we may see another superpowered being in the upcoming film. When asked by an attendee if we can expect to see any other members of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (the organization that Hellboy works for) in the movie, Harbour seemed torn between really wanting to share some news and not wanting to spoil anything.
So, he split the difference. "I don't know if you'll see anyone else from the BPRD," said Harbour, while making an opening and closing lobster claw gesture with his left hand.
So, did he just suggest that Lobster Johnson will appear in Hellboy?
Obviously Harbour didn’t – and couldn’t – elaborate, so we’ll just have to wait and see. If that character is in the new Neil Marshall-directed film, he certainly wasn’t featured in the two-minute trailer unveiled at the panel, which, despite Harbour’s and co-star Daniel Dae Kim’s description of the new film as more of a horror or monster movie, revealed a more fun and funny tone. (Then again, it’s a trailer, and not the final product.)
Set to Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony,” the trailer showed a lot of action and Harbour in the full makeup and gear, looking very much like Hellboy creator Mike Mignola’s original artwork for the character and completely unrecognizable from his appearance in Stranger Things. The trailer isn't expected to be released to the public, but we'll have it up if that changes.
Harbour and Mignola, who was also on the panel, reiterated what they have said in previous interviews that this film is closer to Mignola’s original comic as opposed to Guillermo del Toro’s two Hellboy films.
“This version is so close to the comic that we will be able to go back to the comic to figure out what comes next,” said Mignola, adding that was not something they could do with del Toro’s films, since they were going down their own path.
Harbour reiterated that their film of Hellboy is “just a lot different. And it has a completely different feel. And in that way, I can enjoy both [this film and del Toro’s movies]. I love this character, and I want to see him grow and change. To me, it has more of a Mignola feel rather than a del Toro feel.”
Added Harbour: “Ron [Perlman]’s performance is very iconic, I love what he did. So, I'm not going to try to imitate it. I'm doing my own thing. My Hellboy feels a little younger. But he's also got a little more inner turmoil. A little more strife with Broom [Ian McShane's character].”
Hellboy hits theaters April 12, 2019.
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