– by David Kozlowski

It’s fair to say that 99.99% of Hellboy fans agreed with the original, epic casting of Ron Perlman in the title role way back in 2004. Somehow Perlman not only nailed the look of Hellboy, but he also perfectly inhabited the personality of Mike Mignola’s cult creation. Perlman’s gruff demeanor combined with his depth of humanity really brought the character to life in both of Guillermo del Toro’s films.

These same hard-to-please fans were remarkable positive about David Harbour taking over the role — after they got over the shock and rage of the Perlman and del Toro’s exits from the project. Harbour’s performance in Netflix’s Stranger Things endeared him to audiences everywhere, and few doubt that he can bring something compelling and complex to Hellboy.

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However, the one thing that’s perplexed many fans is how Harbour would look in-costume, under full Hellboy makeup. In the comics, Hellboy has the physique of a body-builder; he looks like he could go toe-to-toe with Thor or Superman. Harbour, at least in Stranger Things, was not even remotely fit (to be kind).

Today we got a first look at Harbour as Hellboy, as posted on the film’s official Twitter account:

I’m a bit dubious that what we’re seeing here is really David Harbour’s body, this image screams Photoshop job to me. I could be wrong, but Harbour is around my age and I can tell you that it is remarkably hard to get into that kind of shape in just one or two of years (Stranger Things debuted last summer)  — I’m a CrossFit athlete, a martial artist, and I consume nearly 3,000 calories a day, and I’m not close to resembling the body in this photo.

That said, this image is powerful. I definitely appreciate the intensity expressed in Harbour’s face. We’re expecting a dark, rated-R Hellboy that embraces the evil and violence from Mignola’s works, and this image certainly conveys this.

Clearly, Harbour’s interpretation of Hellboy is distinct apart from Ron Perlman’s, but that’s to be expected. This is a new take on Mignola’s seminal work, and fans are excited to see how director Meil Marshall handles the material, and all indications continue to swing toward positive.

Does the new Hellboy, as portrayed by David Harbour, meet or exceed your expectations? Let us know in the comments down below!

Hellboy hits theaters in 2018 (TBD).

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  • randomironicname

    Ha… you said athlete.
    Yeah, I really doubt he packed on that much muscle in his arms. I agree it’s probably photoshop or one hell of a suit. I’m pretty sure Perlman wore prosthetic muscles when he was in the role. Overall this looks pretty solid for the character though.

    • Yeah, I agree Harbour looks awesome here. I like what they’re doing here A LOT!

  • Uh. It’s a suit guys. Ron Perlman wore one too. You don’t have to be in great shape to wear one.

    • Gaaamin_It_Up

      you took the words right out of my mouth. great bodysuit, but by no means real.

  • I can confirm that the body used for the photo was mine. It happens all the time.

  • Victor Roa

    well, if it made Mignola go “HOLY CRAP!” Then I’m all for it…. just don’t think he’s going to say “LOOK OUT THAT MONKEY HAS A GUN!”

  • Behemothrex

    LOL what a surprise he looks like Ron Perlman.

  • mikezippy

    It probably is the guys body. Lots of guys bulk up for super hero movies.

  • Jeremy Keeler

    It would take years of lifting to get into that kind of shape.
    I’m not buying the suit line of thinking. They are good, but not that good. This could be photoshop, which if that’s the case we won’t see him without his shirt on during the movie because the goods won’t match the photo.
    I guess it’s possible that this is his real body, but that would be insane levels of exercise to achieve those muscles.

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.