Two decades before he was twice Academy Award winner for The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro set out to make a film about his favorite superhero: a big red demon with a big one Weapon and a heart of gold. It took years for the movie to finally come to fruition, but in 2004 Hellboy finally hit the cinemas and added another piece to the popular supernatural filmography that made del Toro a quarter of the genre fans Century.
Although it never rose to the height of the box office The Avengers it never reached the end of its planned trilogy (though a restart starring David Stranger Things ) was the starring port in Cinemas), Hellboy remains one of the most imaginative and exciting superhero films of the 21
. 1 Hellboy was Guillermo del Toro's favorite superhero long before he made the film.
Guillermo del Toro grew up with comic books, noting that he flipped through them before he even read the words. This infantile preference for the medium remained with him until adulthood, and when he was in his early thirties he not only discovered the work of Mike Mignola, but also began to consider the creator of Hellboy one of his own His great comic picture influence alongside legends like Will Eisner, Bernie Wrightson and Richard Corben.
"Mignola fascinated me as a young adult with his use of light and shadow at an early age, with his amazing daring line-work, but also with the way he gave birth to my favorite superhero in my adult years Hellboy, "said Del Toro during the shooting of Hellboy Director's Cut Commentary.
When Del Toro and Mignola finally met during the inception of Hellboy she combined a mutual love for folklore and pulp fiction and became fast friends and collaborators.
2 The original script included interviews with Hellboy witnesses.
In the film world, Hellboy is seen as an urban legend and boulevard story Similar to Bigfoot, the film's opening speeches underscore this with blurry photos, grainy videos, and newspaper headlines featuring the widely used au to represent the witness accounts of the creature. Agent Myers (Rupert Evans) further emphasizes this point when he first meets Hellboy "He's real!" Exclaims.
According to del Toro, this idea should initially be played more openly through the Internet screenplay of the film. In early drafts, parts of the story's story were told through eyewitness interviews with characters claiming to have seen Hellboy.
"People would say," I saw Hellboy here. I saw him jump "and one kid said," I saw him on the roof. "Everyone does it now, but back in 1997, 1998, and I thought that was a great idea," said del Toro. "That was the first thing we found out of the schedule because [the studio executives] did not understand."
. 3 It could have been done much earlier.
Although Hellboy's & # 39; live action debut took place relatively early in the superhero movie boom of the 21st century, he could have been more of a comic bookmaker than he turned out to be. According to Del Toro, if there were not only reluctant studio managers, the film could have come out in 1998, making him a contemporary of Blade and not Spider-Man 2 . ,
"The only thing that makes me particularly angry is that this film could have been made in 1998," del Toro said, noting that the movie was filmed at that time X-Men (2000), Spider-Man (2002) and even The Matrix (1999). At that time, however, many studio managers considered the comic film label to be "almost an insult," and so Hellboy was repeatedly pushed back. Between the time he could have been made and the time he was released, del Toro made his comic book debut in 2002 with another dark superhero film, Blade II .
. 4 Del Toro wrote his own character biographies.
When Hellboy struck the theaters, the creator Mike Mignola had been building up his own mythology for a whole decade and supporting a cast of the character. While the film is a loose adaptation of the first big story arc of the comic "Seed of Destruction," del Toro could not help but bring his own touch to the backstory of everyone. Even before he started writing, Del Toro wrote detailed character biographies for every major player in the history of Hellboy who were then included in the later Director's Cut DVD.
A particularly amusing example From these background stories: The fictionalized version of the historical figure Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden) does not like "greasy food," and although he really died in 1916, he was raised in 1936 as a Nazi occultist his stolen ashes with the blood mixed the innocent.
. 5 Del Toro also added the love story.
Long before his fantasy romance The Shape of Water earned him two Oscars, Del Toro envisaged stories of unusual creatures who fall in love with women, and ] Hellboy was one of them. The romance between the title character (Ron Perlman) and Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) did not exist in Mignola's original comics, where Sherman's stronger connection existed (ironically given The Form of Water ). with the water creature Abe Sapien (played by Amphibian Man, Doug Jones, The Shape of Water ). At a particular moment in the comics, where Hellboy is infuriated by the thought of Liz's death, del Toro envisioned a story in which his demonic hero could fall in love with a pyrokinetic woman, and was particularly fond of Image of this woman fascinated in flames kissing a refractory creature. This particular narrative decision made the difference to Hello of Del Toro significantly different from that of Mignola, who modeled the figure after his father, but the creator finally allowed the departure in the last film.
. 6 Rasputin was originally supposed to lose his sight.
In several sequences of the film, the character of Rasputin wears small sunglasses, even in night scenes. This was not just done to make it look cooler (del Toro remembers comparisons made on The Matrix ), but because del Toro originally intended to take his eyes off the character's eyes. In the opening sequence of the film, Rasputin is sucked into the portal from which the baby Hellboy is pulled, causing it to disappear from the earth for decades until it is revived at the present time. Del Toro wanted the portal to create a "cosmic eye patch" effect that would tear the character's eyes out of his head, but it just did not work in a PG-13 movie.
"I thought the eyepatch" The cosmic eye noise "was not graphic enough to understand the point," said del Toro.
Thus, the shot of Rasputin, who lost his eyes, was cut off from the theatrical version, but restored for the directorial cut with a deleted scene in which the figure is given a series of glass eyes.
. 7 Labyrinths are a recurring theme in the movie.
Del Toro is a director known for his attention to detail. As a result, all of his films have various recurring visual themes. For Hellboy he focused on the idea that "a man is made man by the choices he makes," and while the story of the film conveys this, Hellboy has to move between the ideologies of Rasputin and Professor Broom also decided to convey it through visual metaphor. In addition, del Toro chose the recurring motif of the labyrinth. It first appears as part of the opening sequence when the entire logo becomes a kind of labyrinth and then reappears when Ilsa (Bridget Hodson) and Kroenen (Ladislav Beran) weave their way through mountainous terrain to find Rasputin's resurrection site. To book the metaphor, the mausoleum of Rasputin in Moscow also functions as a kind of labyrinth. Even the metal gates leading to the BPRD headquarters resemble the lines of a labyrinth.
. 8 One scene was accidentally deleted by several projectionists.
While several scenes from Del Toro's Director's Cut were not included in the Theatrical Cut, even the version of Hellboy shown in theaters was not always complete. Del Toro later recalled that some "careless" projectionists in "dozens" of theaters had inadvertently removed a key sequence from the final act of the film as they mounted the scrolls. At the end of the scene, when Liz activates her firepower to burn the Sammael creatures, a stone flies directly in front of the camera lens, creating a brief blackout. After this scene, an unconscious Myers should appear on the floor and see Ilsa and Rasputin in front of him. The blackout confused some projectionists to skip the scene in which Myers woke up, and so some theatergoers were led directly to the following scene where Myers was already caught and chained. According to Del Toro, he set up an e-mail contact form for moviegoers to report this misstep and received numerous replies, though the studio was unable to correct all the mistakes.
. 9 There are some regular del Toro employees.
From Cronos (1993) del Toro has built a large and diverse company of frequent collaborators, many of whom still work with him today. Several of these collaborators have contributed to Hellboy both in front of and behind the camera, including actor Ron Perlman ( Cronos Pacific Rim Blade II.) ) and Doug Jones ( Mimic Pan's Labyrinth The Form of Water and more), composer Marco Beltrami ( Mimic ] Blade II ) and cinematographer Guillermo Navarro ( Cronos The Devil's Backbone Pan's Labyrinth Pacific Rim and more)
10. "Hell" in the title led to some backlashes.
During the Director's Cut Commentary on Hellboy del Toro praised the film's marketing team for finding ways to sell the movie to the public. It was not always that easy Audience to win a movie called Hellboy . Some theaters refused to show the film, while others renamed the film in 19459003 Helloboy to reassure potentially offended customers. The problem was exacerbated by the presence of Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ which opened a few weeks earlier and remained a major draw at the box office during the Easter holidays.
"Especially at Easter, at some theaters The film was mysteriously dropped when it was still making money," recalls del Toro.
. 11 It was supposed to be the first movie of a trilogy.
Hellboy was inaugurated on April 2, 2004, with strong reviews and a return at the box office that was good enough to earn a sequel. Just a few weeks after the first movie hit theaters, Hellboy II was an attempt to get Del Toro, Perlman, Blair and Jones back. Knowing that he would continue the story, del Toro envisaged a superhero-fantasy trilogy that evolved into a larger reality in 2008 with the realization of Hellboy II: The Golden Army . Over time, however, a third film became increasingly unlikely, with Perlman in particular finding that the epic scope of del Toro's plans for Perlman's budget and physical health might be too much. After years of hope that the trilogy could be completed, del Toro finally announced in 2017 that all plans for Hellboy 3 had been dropped.
12th A reboot has just arrived in the cinemas.
Del Toro could not finish his version of the Hellboy story, but that does not mean Big Red will not be on the big screen anymore. In May 2017, just a few months after del Toro announced the end of its story, Mignola revealed that the character would be restarted as part of a new series of films. Directed by Neil Marshall ( The Descent ) and David Harbor ( Stranger Things ) in the title role. The new Hellboy is now in theaters.  Additional Resources :
Hellboy: The Director's Cut Particulars (2004)
Guillermo del Toro: Cabinet of Curiosities (2013)