For some reason I missed the trailer for the upcoming “Hellboy” reboot. As far as I’m concerned, Guillermo del Toro gave us as perfect an adaptation as you can get with "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." He fought for Ron Perlman to be cast, he fought for the budget and he fought for creative control. There is no way we can have a better Hellboy without Del Toro at the reign.
Perlman and, his "Hellboy" co-star, Selma Blair seem to be in agreement with my assessment; the pair took to social media to indirectly criticize the reboot. Blair reacted by posting a photo of herself kissing a poster of Perlman’s Hellboy. “This man, Ron Perlman,” Blair wrote on Instagram. “Forever my Red. You are always the realest deal, a diamond.” Perlman, meanwhile, posted a reminder on his Instagram that the del Toro original can be streamed on Netflix right now.
Perlman and del Toro not being part of this reboot has been a source of controversy for many fans. This upcoming new “Hellboy” reboot has “Stranger Things” actor David Harbour playing the titular character. Director Neill Marshall, who made the excellent horror film “The Descent,” will replace del Toro. By all accounts, this could be a good movie, but Perlman as Hellboy was such a perfectly cast role that it bugs me they decided to go with another actor to play the role.
“Hellboy” opens in theaters April 12, 2019.