The audience at NYCC‘s Hellboy panel got more than they bargained for when star David Harbour and other members of the cast and crew unveiled the first look at the R-rated reboot.

Leading man Harbour praised the effects on the “monster” movie – both practical and computer generated:

“There are a lot of CGI elements, but also a lot of practical stuff, like, crazy practical make-up. […] And there are so many monsters, not just Hellboy. Like, two practical monsters having a full scene with each other. And you feel the weight of that.”

When asked to name some of the other monsters that might make an appearance in Hellboy, Harbour made the traditional speech about how the studio wouldn’t allow such things – however, he did make a claw-like gesture throughout which prompted audience members to suggest the infamous character of “Lobster Johnson.”


Whether or not Lobster Johnson will appear remains a mystery, as no announcement has been made, and neither the cast members (Harbour, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim) or the comic’s creator Mike Mignola, who made up the panel, could confirm anything.

Mignola and the actors reiterated that this take on the character will amp up the horror aspects of the source material, moving away from the dark comedy of Guillermo del Toro‘s earlier takes. And the footage shown at the panel seems to back this up, with Deadline summarising the clip as follows:

“After we see an elaborate, underground lake and cave, the clip moved to city streets and Law and Order-type courthouse steps littered with bodies. As [Harbour’s] Hellboy – sans horns, initially – gets out of a car to investigate, a cop shoots at him. “Hey,” he screams, “I’m on your side!”

From there we see plenty of fights, a bloody gunshot to a head (the film will be R-rated) and some internecine grouching (Daniel Dae Kim’s character at one point grouses, “I thought we were supposed to be fighting monsters, not working with them.”

As for Hellboy himself, he certainly has the wry sense of gallows humor we expect. Showing off a large gun that he’s apparently had for a long time, he says, “Some parents give their kids Legos…””

Unfortunately for now, the footage isn’t available online, so we’ll have to wait patiently for our first official look at Harbour in action. But, Lionsgate did reveal some promotional art to whet our appetites, a new poster (below) and some art of the entire cast, including a look at Milla Jovovich as the Blood Queen (top):

hellboy poster

Hellboy is set for release on April 12th, 2019.

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