Hellboy creator Mike Mignola just posted a first look at the new Hellboy movie’s costume on his Twitter page, and he looks like he just went to Hell and back, and that’s a good thing.
While Hellboy alum Ron Perlman isn’t returning as the titular Anung Un Rama, or just Hellboy to us mere mortals, his replacement, David Harbour, is no slouch. The man has some serious acting chops, as he’s been in Stranger Things, Suicide Squad, Brokeback Mountain, and numerous other movies and television shows. Today, we finally got a good look at Harbour in his Hellboy makeup and…wow…just, wow…
Look at him. No, seriously, look at him. Coupled with the lighting, this Hellboy looks, dare I say it, better than when Perlman donned the Right Hand of Doom. Don’t get me wrong, the makeup from the original two movies was amazing, but putting the two costumes side by side, I can kinda see the seams in the original makeup: the skin and horns look a tad too shiny and plasticy by comparison. But, the costume doesn’t just improve on the original design; it also takes some artistic liberties, specifically in the hair and the Right Hand. This version of Hellboy has long, somewhat grimey hair, where as the versions from the comics and Guillermo del Toro movies both had short, slick hair. But, the Hand now looks far closer to the Hand from the comics. In del Toro’s movies, the Hand looked as if it were made out of numerous tiny rocks fused together into a movable, hand-like contraption, but now the Hand looks like a bad ass gauntlet that was chiseled out of one big demonic piece of rock. I’m really digging this version of Hellboy, and so are a lot of the commenters on the original post. Granted, the general consensus is fans would prefer to see Perlman wear this makeup, and while I’m also a bit of a Perlman fan myself, I’m now looking forward to this reboot even more so than when I first reported on it.
If this makeup is representative of the final product, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen might be a promising start to a whole new cinematic universe, one that might eventually get a movie staring a guy named Lobster Johnson.