Since the debut of the trailer for the Hellboy reboot, there were lots of question on the overall tone but we get an official film rating.
Ever since the trailer of the Hellboy reboot a day before release was leaked back in December, many were surprised by the deficient tone it displayed in the trailer following the release of a two-minute reel that showcased at 2018 New York Comic Con. One of the screenwriters, Andrew Cosby, promised a more “darker” and “gruesome” departure of the Hellboy character in comparison to the Guillermo del Toro films, which in all honesty, has a dark atmosphere all on its own (at least the original 2004 film did).
Per Collider, as promised, the official film rating of Hellboy was revealed. Confirmed via Twitter by the Exhibitor Relations Co., it listed Hellboy to have an MPAA rating of R for strong violence with gore throughout and language.
With some light undertones as presented in the initial trailer, CBR.com previously discussed the film, for those well–versed in Hellboy lore may draw some inspiration from the comic book miniseries Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt and The Storm and the Fury. It did contain specs of gore and seemed to combine humor, action and a horror tone. The live-action adaptation of Mike Mignola’s Dark Horse comic has lived up to its promise, even down to its blunt advertising, ‘Legendary AF.’
After several years since the release of 2008s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, fans awaited a third outing of Del Toro’s franchise. In 2014, Hellboy creator, Mignola, began work on a story with Cosby. Del Toro was offered producer credit, but declined after he had not been granted writer-director approval. Perlman also left the project.
Hellboy, a reboot of the demon hunter of the same name, stars David Harbour, Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Lane, Penelope Mitchell and Daniel Dae Kim. Neil Marshall will direct from a screenplay by Andrew Cosby, Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden and Aron Coleite. Lawrence Gordon, Carl Hampe, Lloyd Levin and Matthew O’Toole are producing for Lionsgate, Campbell Groban Films and Millennium Films in association with Dark Horse Entertainment while Summit Entertainment will distribute. It will soar to theaters Apr.12.