If you’re a fan of Guillermo Del Toro’s vision for Hellboy well do I have some bad news for new. Not only will the new Hellboy not retain the visual flare that Del Toro brought to the table but this film will actually have a R rating, yet another attempt from Hollywood to jump on the success of Deadpool. However is rated R right for ole Hellboy? Read further on to hear my thoughts on this subject.
Now the notion of making Hellboy a rated R film seems like it’s just a bandwagon attempt, but hear me out on this one. When Mike Mignola originally created Hellboy back in 1993, horror is what made the stories interesting. That doesn’t mean I want this version of Hellboy to lean to more gore, curse words or nudity but playing up the creep factor would be perfect for Hellboy. You can be more grotesque with the creature designs or play up deeper themes with the harsher rating. Ideally you could still make a creepy Hellboy film with a PG-13 rating, but if the studio wants to go in a darker direction they shouldn’t force it upon the character but make it an organic experience.
Now the biggest loss is Guillermo Del Toro, and that’s because of his visual style that he brings to any film he works on. One thing the studio should avoid doing is to try and recreate what Del Toro did on the first two Hellboy films. A man with Del Toro’s genius cannot be replicated no matter how hard you try. So then if you’re in the position of the studio, what style should this new iteration of Hellboy be? The answer is simple, you look at the source material. Del Toro’s Hellboy is nothing like Mignola’s original vision, Mignola’s style is based in shadow and amazing uses of color. It’s a style that I believe could easily be adapted to film and if this movie won’t have the same huge budget as the previous version then it’s a match made in heaven. What are your thoughts on this new Hellboy news? Let me know in the comments below!