Spider-Man: Far From Home

Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ Lacks ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Key Advantage

In news I missed a few days ago, Paramount/Viacom has moved Dora and the Lost City of Gold (a live-action Dora the Explorer movie) has moved to Wednesday, July 31 to avoid a head-on smackdown against Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw which is expected to dominate August starting on August 2. It may not mean much for the Dora the Explorer movie (Show us Benicio Del Toro’s sexy Swiper, you cowards!), but it highlights an interesting conundrum for what is expected to be July’s biggest live-action release. I’m speaking of, presuming we’re not counting The Lion King as live-action (and to be fair, Disney hasn’t really been using that term either), Sony’s Spider-Man: Far from Home.

Sony’s Spidey sequel, which will unofficially kick off Marvel’s Phase Four and take place right after Avengers: Endgame, opens July 5. The Jon Watts-directed Peter Parker story pits Peter Parker against p… I give up, pits Peter Parker against various elemental baddies and (depending on whose side he’s on) Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio. But the biggest obstacle Tom Holland and friends will be two-fold. First, he won’t have Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark palling around this time out (although Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury will be subbing as the newest grouchy mentor). Second, far from Home will lack the biggest advantage that Homecoming had, namely a relative lack of kid-friendly biggies after its release.

Spider-Man: Homecoming opened in early July of 2017 with $117 million but then took a record (for the MCU) 62% second-weekend drop. But like any number of late 1990s or early 2000s Adam Sandler comedies (which tended to sink hard in weekend two and rebound over the next month), Homecoming got its wind back after that tenth day and eventually legged it to $334 million domestic, or a solid 2.854x weekend-to-final domestic multiplier. Oh, and it grossed $881 million worldwide on a $175 million budget, so it had that going for it too. There are two reasons why it recovered after its second weekend. First, my own issues with the movie notwithstanding, it was a crowd-pleasing and well-liked Spidey adventure.

Second, and this turned out be key, it was the only “big” live-action kid flick from July to November. After Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets crashed in mid-July, it was pretty clear sailing for the MCU Spider-Man adventure. From Spider-Man: Homecoming in early July to Thor: Ragnarok in early November, the vast majority of “big” movies were adult-skewing and/or R-rated. If you had kids and you wanted to take them to a live-action flick, it was Homecoming, another trip for Wonder Woman and, uh… that’s it. The likes of Atomic Blonde, Girls Trip, Dunkirk, The Dark Tower, Annabelle: Creation, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, It, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Blade Runner 2049 were adult-skewing fare.

Yes, there were animated flicks like My Little Pony (later remade as Thor: Ragnarok) and The Emoji Movie (later remade as Ralph Breaks the Internet), but it was an oddly adult-skewing end-of-Summer/beginning-of-Fall season at the multiplexes. It’s not a one-to-one comparison, but remember how Walt Disney’s Frozen legged it to $400 million domestic from a $93 million Wednesday-to-Sunday debut partially because it was only big animated flick from Thanksgiving weekend to The LEGO Movie 2 in early February while even the live-action stuff (Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Lone Survivor, etc.) was mostly adult-skewing. When you’re the only game in town, you’re the only game in town.

Spider-Man: Far from Home will open two weeks after Toy Story 4 and two weeks before The Lion King. It’ll get only 3.5 weeks before Dora and the Lost City of Gold. An oddly crowded August will see Far from Home squaring off against New Mutants, Hobbs and Shaw, Angry Birds 2, Artemis Fowl, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Play Mobil. Now even if some of these don’t break out, and some of them absolutely will not, the sheer amount of competition in Far from Home’s first six weeks of domestic release is a lot tougher than what Homecoming faced. As such, Spider-Man: Far from Home will lack both Iron Man and comparatively safe passage.

Homecoming earned 85% of its $334 million cume by its 28th day. It may be mostly done by the time Hobbs and Shaw opens. If Sony kept the budget close to the last film’s, it can afford to earn much less and still be a solid hit. A “mere” $700 million gross (less than even Amazing Spider-Man 2) would be four times Homecoming’s $175 million budget. If Far from Home doesn’t get an Avengers: Endgame bounce, and it might (Ant-Man and the Wasp earned 19% more than Ant-Man) or a boost from the popularity of Venom and Into the Spider-Verse, it’ll be less about the franchise itself and more about the deluge of kid-friendly competition that will close out the summer.

Rambo V

Sylvester Stallone Teases Rambo 5‘s Surprising ‘Battle To The End’

Apparently the previous Rambo movies were like pulling teeth to edit, but Rambo V: Last Blood is coming together “beautifully.” Sylvester Stallone just gave fans a couple of updates, posting more photos from the film and also a video sharing his excitement for the fifth Rambo movie. Sly says this movie will surprise a lot of fans, especially with its “unexpected” ending…

I just want to talk about something that I think is really exciting. Usually when you’re in the editing process of a film, it can be painful. What you thought was great is not so great. It’s kind of like going to the dentist and having your teeth pulled with no Novocaine. Get the picture? But this last Rambo is just coming together beautifully. Today we’re going to screen it for the studio and that’s going to be fantastic. I’m just looking forward to of course their notes. But we’ll go back. And I think this film is going to surprise a lot of people. It’s a really good story, and the ending is so unexpected. So I just want to say, come September 20, Rambo is coming your way.

Hopefully the studio doesn’t give Sylvester Stallone too many notes, ’cause that could certainly dampen his current high spirits. Sly shared his excitement in a cool new Instagram video, which you can watch here:

His enthusiasm is pretty infectious, and it’s good to hear this movie is having an easier birth than the previous ones. I’m slightly worried about the surprise ending, though. Hopefully it doesn’t mean anything bad for Vietnam vet John Rambo, although if this is “last blood” that might suggest a definitive end.

Speaking of the ending, though, right before posting that video, Sylvester Stallone posted a couple of images with the ominous caption “A brutal Storm is about to burst … this is beginning of battle to the end … Sept. 20…” Battle to the end, eh? Here’s that post:

A brutal storm about to burst. The beginning of the battle to the end. Huh. We’re on standby for a trailer, and that may help fill in some of the gaps. The movie is meant to follow Rambo as he travels to Mexico to help save a friend’s daughter, who was kidnapped by the Mexican cartel.

Sylvester Stallone has been sharing photos and updates on Rambo 5 every step of the way. He wrapped filming on the movie in early December 2018, and shared some poignant words on the franchise:

Well that was it, that was my final shot [on] Rambo 5: Last Blood, at least that’s what they are calling it, thus far. And it’s been an amazing journey, it really has. This character was presented to me in 1980. And no one wanted to do it. As a matter of fact, I was the eleventh choice. People looked at this as almost as a cursed project. I looked at it and said this was an amazing opportunity…

The first Rambo movie was called First Blood, after the 1972 novel by David Morrell. The 1982 movie was followed by Rambo: First Blood Part II in 1985, then Rambo III in 1988, Rambo in 2008, and now Rambo V: Last Blood.

Sylvester Stallone recently said he had to take a break from gym time because making Rambo 5 roughed him up so much. But he’s apparently back in the gym — where he sometimes runs into old co-stars like Billy Dee Williams — and I’m just hoping he’s working on getting himself in top shape for The Expendables 4. There haven’t been many official details on that movie in a while, but Sly hyped up the franchise just last week, reminding us all that the fourth movie should still be on its way. Stallone also has Escape Plan: The Extractors in the works. He’s keeping busy at 72!

Rambo V: Last Blood is set to open in theaters on September 20, as one of the many movies worth keeping an eye on through our 2019 movie release date schedule.

Aladdin

Zayn Malik films a music video for Aladdin movie in Central Park with Zhavia Ward; Read on to know more

Zayn Malik, who has been in the news after posting a series of unprecedented rants, is now hitting the headlines as he was spotted in New York’s Central Park as he filmed for a music video.

Zayn Malik, who has been in the news after posting a series of unprecedented rants, is now hitting the headlines as he was spotted in New York’s Central Park as he filmed for a music video. As per reports, the same is for Guy Ritchie’s upcoming movie Aladdin. As per the photos, which have been doing rounds on the internet, he was sporting an olive green suit and polished black shoes. He looked dapper in the same.

A film insider told The Sun, “Zayn is looking to work on something new in a bid to lose his reputation that’s become murky in recent years.”

The source added, “It would be the first kid-friendly work he’s done since he quit One Direction in 2015 and could make him more viable in terms of his future music career.” Talking about the movie, the same stars Will Smith, who will be seen in the role of Genie, and the movie is all set to release next month

Zayn, yesterday, posted the link of his new song StandStill. Along with the link, he wrote,” #StandStillVideo out now #ICARUSFALLS.” The same is visually pleasing as it features beautiful natural landscapes. For the unversed, the song is part of British pop star’s sophomore album, Icarus Falls, which was released in December 2018. Zayn sings, “If time stands still/ Move I will to you/ This was filmed/ Somehow I see you/ Move I will to you.”

Are you excited for the same? Let us know in the comment section below.

Exclusive: First Look at the Making of ‘Aladdin’ Revealed by Insight Editions’ New Art Book

We’ve got a great (and exclusive) look from behind the scenes of Disney’s upcoming live-action feature, Aladdin, to share with you today. From the cover art alone, you can tell that the new movie is obviously going to pay homage to the original animated classic but will also tap into the magic and mythology that enriched the story of a street rat-turned-prince. Additionally, the pages we can share with you today reveal the impressive studio set that acted as a stand-in for a Moroccan location, the imposing design of Jafar’s Study, and even an all-new character in the movie.

The Art and Making of Aladdin (Insight Editions / April 30, 2019 / $45.00) treats Aladdin fans to images that capture the visual majesty and behind-the-scenes accounts of the Disney film’s fascinating development and production. In this book, fans will discover how the streets of Agrabah come to vibrant life in the thrilling live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1992 classic, Aladdin, the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future.

This beautifully packaged book features exclusive interviews with director Guy Ritchie, legendary Disney composer Alan Menken, lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and key cast and crew. The Art and Making of Aladdin takes an in-depth look at gorgeous concept art and unit photography and delves into characters old and new, including Will Smith’s Genie and Nasim Pedrad’s new character, Dalia. Revealing interviews with filmmakers, cast, and crewmembers provide unique insight into the Aladdin filmmaking experience through a beautifully designed exploration of the film’s creation.

The Art and Making of Aladdin moves beyond a simple commemoration. It is the definitive chronicle of hundreds of people’s shared mission to reimagine a beloved film in a completely new format. Check out a sampling of the book’s rich content below!

About the Author: Emily Zemler is a freelance writer and journalist based in London. Her work has appeared in Billboard, SPIN, The Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Paper, American Way, Nylon, and Relix, and on Esquire.com, ELLE.com, Refinery29, Playboy.com, CNN.com, TIME.com, Yahoo Travel, Thrillist, Supercall, RollingStone, and Maxim.

John Wick 3: Parabellum

John Wick 3 Star Thinks Franchise Could Continue For Another 10 Years

No one has said John Wick will be a trilogy. It’s possible Keanu Reeves’ John Wick will return after John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum for John Wick 4 or beyond. Director Chad Stahelski has said he’d be down to make a fourth John Wick film if the audience wants more. And we already know a TV series is in the works following The Continental hotel.

Ian McShane plays Winston, manger of the New York City hotel. He’s currently promoting Hellboy, the Deadwood movie, and John Wick 3. During a game of Would You Rather, McShane was asked whether he’d rather see the Deadwood movie remade in 10 years or John Wick remade in 10 years.

Oh gosh. Probably in 10 years, John Wick would still be going. You never know, Keanu might be running the [Continental] hotel and everything by then. […] John Wick, the world of John Wick is being explored in the next one. That will be more about the High Table, you find out more about him, his background, whatever. Preparing for who knows what the hell will happen next time. It gets bigger. I think you’ll enjoy that too.

John Wick seems darn near invincible, but part of me wondered if John Wick 3 was going to wrap up the story and maybe even kill off the Patron Saint of Puppies. After all, there’s a global contract out for John Wick. Even with Halle Berry’s Sofia and her two dogs in the mix, supposedly on John’s side, it’s going to be tough for John to get out of this jam.

But Ian McShane spoke to Collider about John Wick as if Mr. Wick is still around after Parabellum. McShane also hinted to the film preparing for whatever happens next time. That gives me hope that John Wick 3 is just the latest chapter in a story that could continue for a while.

Another 10 years? Well, they do say Keanu Reeves is immortal. He hasn’t aged much in the past 10 years, so when he’s 64 I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t still look and act the same.

As Ian McShane noted, John Wick 3 is meant to tell us more about John Wick’s background. Anjelica Huston’s new character is meant to play a role there, and she’s also the Director of The High Table, the council of crime lords. Maybe she’ll be on John’s side too? Based on the trailers, Asia Kate Dillon’s Adjudicator, another member of the High Table, is not exactly on John’s side. And there are plenty of new assassins in the mix, including Mark Dacascos as a John Wick fan called Zero who is now out to kill his idol.

Here’s more of what we know about John Wick 3 so far. It opens in theaters May 17, and will probably have a stronger opening than the initial projections. But we’ll see. If you do want John Wick to continue for another 10 years, you’ll have to show him some love at the box office. In December, Chad Stahelski told EW he would happily make a fourth John Wick film if the audience enjoys John Wick 3 and wants more…

It: Chapter Two

It: Chapter Two’ First Footage Terrifies CinemaCon With ‘Unnerving’ and ‘Very Scary’ Jessica Chastain Scene

It” director Andy Muschietti is back in the director’s chair for the sequel to his 2017 horror blockbuster.

Pennywise crash landed at CinemaCon as Warner Bros. unveiled the first footage from “It: Chapter Two.” The horror sequel arrives in theaters two years after “It” became a global sensation, earning $700 million worldwide to become the highest grossing horror movie at the box office (unadjusted for inflation). Director Andy Muschietti is back behind the camera for the sequel, which takes place 27 years after the events of the first film and finds the now adult Losers’ Club returning to Derry, Maine to finish off Pennywise once and for all.

While the 2017 movie featured a cast of young actors, including “Stranger Things” favorite Finn Wolfhard, the upcoming sequel is getting some major star power as the adult members of the Losers’ Club are being played by Jessica Chastain (Beverly), James McAvoy (Bill), Bill Hader (Richie), Jay Ryan (Ben), Isaiah Mustafa (Mike), James Ransone (Eddie), and Andy Bean (Stan). Additional new cast members include Xavier Dolan, Jake Weary, and Jess Weixler.

Warner Bros. unveiled the first footage for the movie at CinemaCon. The footage began with an extended scene featuring Chastain’s Beverly ringing the doorbell to her old apartment. An older lady answers the door and informs Bev that her father is dead. Inside the apartment, Bev receives a poem postcard as the older woman begins to act strangely and sweat. “You know what they say about Derry?” the woman asks Bev. “No one who dies here really dies.” The lady reveals a scar on her chest and appears naked in the kitchen. The lady runs at Bev as the trailer cuts away to a montage of the other characters, Pennywise floating with balloons, and a final shot of Pennywise popping out to say “hello” to a young kid.

Warner Bros. will release “It: Chapter Two” in theaters nationwide September 6. Check out the first reactions to the footage below.

Frozen 2

New ‘Frozen 2‘ Footage Debuts at Disney+ Event

Today’s Disney investors meeting brought a surprising amount of sneak peeks and new teases, including a new look at the highly-anticipated Frozen II. While the footage was not screened for the public, a description of what was shown has been making the rounds online.

According to CNET, the footage showed Anna (Kristen Bell) kneeling in front of Olaf (Josh Gad), who remarks in a worried voice, “I don’t think Elsa’s okay”. The footage also features a brief voice-over of a troll saying “You must find the truth.”

While the footage might not be the most spoilery, it does provide yet another indication of the sequel’s darker tone, which was established in a pretty major way with the release of February’s trailer.

Frozen II will involve a new adventure for Anna and Elsa (Idina Menzel), in a story that is rumored to involve the sisters searching for answers regarding their lost parents. Regardless of however that potential story might unfold, it sounds like the film will bring about some new character growth for the two beloved sisters.

“You’ll see new characters and you will see…you’ll know from my perspective what I did with Jen the writer, what she did with me rather, was she was so collaborative on the first one,” Bell said in an interview last year. “We sat down as she was writing the second one and she said ‘ya know you had a hand in creating this character. What do you think her next step should be? What’s her next hurdle, her next epiphany. What do you go through that’s similar to her?’ I told her a lot of things that I had personally been going through and why I thought that resonated with what I think Anna would be feeling and she wrote that into the script.”
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“I think I can say the number one thing we all held hands on, because we all signed back up again on that one is to not think of the Zeitgeist part of Frozen, because that’s not how we made it in the first place,” the film’s writer, Jennifer Lee, previously told ComicBook.com. “In fact, a lot of people didn’t know if the world was interested in the story we had to tell, because it was a musical with two female leads. And we spent it from building character out, and from every inch of what they’re struggling with. How can we push them? What are we feeling about them? And we’re doing the same thing. I’m really excited about where it’s going. I can’t wait to share it. But we don’t start production until the summer. It’s still got its journey. It’s still going.”

Frozen II lands in theaters on November 22nd.

Rambo 5

Sylvester Stallone Teases Rambo 5‘s Surprising ‘Battle To The End’

Apparently the previous Rambo movies were like pulling teeth to edit, but Rambo V: Last Blood is coming together “beautifully.” Sylvester Stallone just gave fans a couple of updates, posting more photos from the film and also a video sharing his excitement for the fifth Rambo movie. Sly says this movie will surprise a lot of fans, especially with its “unexpected” ending…

I just want to talk about something that I think is really exciting. Usually when you’re in the editing process of a film, it can be painful. What you thought was great is not so great. It’s kind of like going to the dentist and having your teeth pulled with no Novocaine. Get the picture? But this last Rambo is just coming together beautifully. Today we’re going to screen it for the studio and that’s going to be fantastic. I’m just looking forward to of course their notes. But we’ll go back. And I think this film is going to surprise a lot of people. It’s a really good story, and the ending is so unexpected. So I just want to say, come September 20, Rambo is coming your way.

Hopefully the studio doesn’t give Sylvester Stallone too many notes, ’cause that could certainly dampen his current high spirits. Sly shared his excitement in a cool new Instagram video, which you can watch here:

His enthusiasm is pretty infectious, and it’s good to hear this movie is having an easier birth than the previous ones. I’m slightly worried about the surprise ending, though. Hopefully it doesn’t mean anything bad for Vietnam vet John Rambo, although if this is “last blood” that might suggest a definitive end.

Speaking of the ending, though, right before posting that video, Sylvester Stallone posted a couple of images with the ominous caption “A brutal Storm is about to burst … this is beginning of battle to the end … Sept. 20…” Battle to the end, eh? Here’s that post:

A brutal storm about to burst. The beginning of the battle to the end. Huh. We’re on standby for a trailer, and that may help fill in some of the gaps. The movie is meant to follow Rambo as he travels to Mexico to help save a friend’s daughter, who was kidnapped by the Mexican cartel.

Sylvester Stallone has been sharing photos and updates on Rambo 5 every step of the way. He wrapped filming on the movie in early December 2018, and shared some poignant words on the franchise:

Well that was it, that was my final shot [on] Rambo 5: Last Blood, at least that’s what they are calling it, thus far. And it’s been an amazing journey, it really has. This character was presented to me in 1980. And no one wanted to do it. As a matter of fact, I was the eleventh choice. People looked at this as almost as a cursed project. I looked at it and said this was an amazing opportunity…

The first Rambo movie was called First Blood, after the 1972 novel by David Morrell. The 1982 movie was followed by Rambo: First Blood Part II in 1985, then Rambo III in 1988, Rambo in 2008, and now Rambo V: Last Blood.

Sylvester Stallone recently said he had to take a break from gym time because making Rambo 5 roughed him up so much. But he’s apparently back in the gym — where he sometimes runs into old co-stars like Billy Dee Williams — and I’m just hoping he’s working on getting himself in top shape for The Expendables 4. There haven’t been many official details on that movie in a while, but Sly hyped up the franchise just last week, reminding us all that the fourth movie should still be on its way. Stallone also has Escape Plan: The Extractors in the works. He’s keeping busy at 72!

Rambo V: Last Blood is set to open in theaters on September 20, as one of the many movies worth keeping an eye on through our 2019 movie release date schedule.

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4’s latest trailer proves that Pixar wants adults to cry in movie theaters

I see what you’re doing here, and it’s probably going to work

Pixar has released a new trailer for Toy Story 4 — purportedly the last Toy Story film, despite the fact that similar things were said for Toy Story 3 — and along with a better look at what the film is actually about, the trailer makes one thing clear: Pixar wants adults to cry in movie theaters while watching its films.

This sentiment isn’t exactly news — the entire opening of Up, for example, seems tailor-made to wring tears from the hardest of hearts — but the Toy Story 4 trailer really hammers it home, with Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) crossing paths with a newly adventurous Bo Peep (Annie Potts) and seemingly questioning his very purpose in making kids happy. It’s an existential crisis that feels designed to make adults sob as they reconsider their own careers and goals in life.

The trailer has a much more wistful tone than the first few teasers, which consisted of an animated spork freaking out and new characters voiced by comedy duo Key and Peele making Buzz Lightyear “your mom” jokes. Presumably, the final cut will follow in the footsteps of previous films in the series and walk the line between the emotional and comedic.

A synopsis of Toy Story 4 from Disney Pixar reads:

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Toy Story 4 will be released in theaters on June 21st, 2019.

Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix Photo Puts Magneto & Jean Grey in an Iconic X-Men Location

We have a brand new image from Dark Phoenix that introduces a potentially exciting element to the X-Men franchise for longtime fans. This is going to be the final movie in this version of the franchise, which has been going since the first live-action X-Men movie was released in 2000. But the series will be sent off in grand fashion and we’ve learned that Genosha, a very important location for mutantkind from the comics, is finally making its way to the screen.

This information comes from director Simon Kinberg directly. Kinberg has served as a longtime writer and producer of the franchise and makes his feature directorial debut here. An image has been released online that showcases Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) exercising her powers alongside Magneto (Michael Fassbender) on Genosha. Kinberg had this to say about the location and how it factors into the movie.

“Genosha is something that I’ve always been fascinated by. It’s sort of Oz for mutants. As a Jew, its parallels to Israel and the notion of the promised land intrigued me even as a kid. I was looking in previous X-Men movies for a way to incorporate it. It was something I thought about for Apocalypse, but then went in a very different direction.”

For those who may not be familiar, Genosha is a fictional island nation from the pages of Marvel Comics that first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #232 back in 1988. It’s something of a safe-haven for mutants and, in Dark Phoenix, Magneto has built up the island using scraps of metal from the sea. Jean Grey, after getting her unwieldy new Phoenix powers after a mission gone wrong in space, heads there to seek out the help of the longtime enemy of the X-Men.

Disney completed its merger with Fox recently, which means that the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises will ultimately be in control of Marvel Studios, also owned by Disney. That means they’re going to bring this version of the continuity to a close, something that was recently confirmed at CinemaCon. So this movie is going to serve as a swan song of sorts, which means there is a pressure to deliver the goods. That said, we’ve heard quite a few rumors that things were a bit messy behind the scenes. Significant reshoots were ordered. Though, that’s quite common for major blockbusters these days.

In many cases, those reshoots actually end up saving movies, like World War Z. So who knows? Maybe this will be a fitting send-off for this version of the mutants. We can only hope so, as Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige has confirmed it will be a long time before we see these characters show up in the MCU. As it stands, early box office tracking has the movie looking at a possible franchise-low debut. Dark Phoenix is set to arrive in theaters on June 7. Be sure to check out the new image from Empire below.

Hellboy 3

Hellboy: 10 Flaws That Prove Hellboy 3 Would’ve Been Better

The failed reboot is a sad reminder of the del Toro sequel we never got.

Not only did Neil Marshall’s Hellboy reboot fail to meet its original opening box-office projections, even making back its $50 million budget could be an uphill battle. Many critics praised David Harbour’s portrayal of the title character, but found little else about the film to merit commendation. With the flick scoring only 15% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing, moviegoers who stand by critical consensus will likely look past the current 64% audience approval rating and continue giving this R-rated adventure a hard pass.

While the new Hellboy draws heavily from the comics, one of the biggest obstacles standing in its way was not the source material, but rather Guillermo del Toro’s previous adaptations. Fans of del Toro’s films waited years for a Hellboy 3 that never came, and it’s all too easy to wonder what we might have gotten if the director had remained on board.

The switch from sequel to reboot was a long process, and fans may never fully know what was left on the cutting room floor. A few details about the reboot, however, will make some disappointed fans pine for the sequel that they never got to see. The following ten flaws in particular are more than enough to spark mournful conjecture about what might have been…