As you probably know if you're a superhero fan with access to the internet and an appetite for anything other than yet another quip-filled Marvel adventure with zero stakes and a villain whose name you've already forgotten before you're out of the theater, #Hellboy — the de-horned, Nazi-summoned, red-skinned demon who's pretty much the anti-thesis of Captain America on every level — is returning to the big screen.
As if to hammer home the fact that, in this long-awaited reboot, the antagonist our hero faces off with will actually be of some importance, director Neil Marshall announced earlier this summer that the film would be named Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.
The Blood Queen in question, also known as Nimue, is a witch who considers herself the Goddess of War. She's essentially a bad bitch in the extreme (as her final revenge against Hellboy illustrates beautifully), so it felt appropriate when Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich was announced to be playing the Blood Queen last week.
Today is a bad day to be a blood queen, though, because news just hit that the movie has a new title, and Jovovich's bad gal just got a serious demotion. Yup, the reboot is now simply titled Hellboy, which is not only a bit of a blow for Jovovich, but also slightly annoying in its lack of ambition and refusal to differentiate itself from the earlier, Guillermo del Toro-directed movie which now has minor cult classic status.
Apparently, the script is currently being redrafted by writer Aron Coleite and co-scribes Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Don't go exiling yourself to Hell just because the new title is a bit of a bummer, though — the pedigree behind this reboot remains excellent, and I couldn't be more stoked to see what Stranger Things star David Harbour does with the demon anti-hero. Ian McShane and Jovovich feel like inspired castings, and the R rating should allow the director to go balls-to-the-wall with one of comic books' most batshit heroes.
Hellboy is still expected to hit theaters toward the end of 2018.
Are you bummed about the title change, or are you just hoping Hellboy will be the perfect R-rated antidote to today's bland superhero movies?