Empire Magazine has released a new image of actor David Harbour as Hellboy from the upcoming reboot. The title character is seen running down a dark hallway in his iconic flowing coat with a grimace on his face.
The image was accompanied by comments from director Neil Marshall about taking the bloody, R-rated approach to Mike Mignola’s classic comic book.
“It was always a case of, ‘When in doubt, go back to the source material.’ Some of the stuff is pretty sick,” Marshall says. “More violent and more bloody. We weren’t making it with handcuffs on.”
Mignola has also spoken previously about Harbour taking over the role.
“It was really interesting with David because we met very briefly for 20 minutes when he was in town,” Mignola told io9 in June. “Then he would text me questions periodically with questions, like, ‘Are there any animals you thought of in the way Hellboy moves?’ And we were texting back and forth one night a lot about crazy stuff like that, and I finally said, ‘Dude, I am tired of typing, just call me.’ We must have had this two-hour conversation where we got into the way I grew up, what my brothers were like and all this stuff that fed into what Hellboy is. The attitudes, the characters, and stuff like that… and hopefully, it didn’t f— things up, because it was way more information and backstory to the creative process than anyone would ever need. But it did make for an interesting, long phone call. And I know David has his own ideas about how to interpret the character, but it was really nice that we had this one, really long conversation about where this stuff came from.”
Hellboy opens in theaters on April 12, 2019.