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…

Penguins

See ‘March of the Penguins 2’ for free at Detroit’s Beacon Park on Saturday

Saturday is an ideal day to waddle on down to Detroit’s Beacon Park.

As part of the downtown park’s February Flicks series, Beacon is offering two free film screenings on Saturday in its heated tent.
“March of the Penguins 2”

“March of the Penguins 2” (Photo: Hulu)

First up is “March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step.” The 2017 sequel to the Oscar-winning documentary is a family-friendly movie that follows father-and-son Emperor penguins as they embark together on a dangerous journey into the unknowns of Antarctica. The film was made by the same creative team responsible for the original documentary, and once again is narrated by Morgan Freeman.

“Penguins” is being co-presented by Freep Film Festival as part of its monthly screening series.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m., there will be a penguin-related presentation by folks from the Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo. Kids will have the opportunity to make penguin-related crafts and get photos.
A heated tent becomes a movie theater at Beacon Park’s February Flicks series.

A heated tent becomes a movie theater at Beacon Park’s February Flicks series. (Photo: Downtown Detroit Partnership)

“March of the Penguins 2” will be followed on Saturday by science fiction action flick “Ready Player One” at 6:30 p.m.

The remaining two films in the February Flicks series screen on Feb. 23: “Black Panther” (4 p.m.) and “Selma” (6:30 p.m.) The February Flicks series is presented by the DTE Beacon Park Foundation and the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

Avengers Endgame

New Avengers: Endgame Trailer Features Captain Marvel, New Suits

A new Avengers: Endgame trailer has just been released and while it looks at the past for some of our heroes, it also features new footage – including Captain Marvel, some new suits for the Avengers team, and what appears to be Tony Stark back on earth.

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In addition to the trailer, a new poster was also revealed that features Thanos and those that survived his devastating snap.
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This new trailer is the second official trailer we’ve received for the film that will continue the catastrophic events that occurred in Avengers: Infinity war and the first that features Captain Marvel, whose origin film released last week to very positive reviews.

Avengers: Endgame, which will be released in theaters on April 26, 2019 (April 25 in the UK), may potentially be the longest Marvel movie ever, with the Russo Brothers saying the film was around the “three-hour mark,” although that was before some edits.

There has obviously been a ton of speculation and theories about what will occur in Avengers: Endgame, and we’ve looked at what Hawkeye’s new costume reveals about the film, how Captain Marvel’s spoilery new power may impact Endgame, and so much more.

Avengers: Endgame – First Trailer

Avengers: Endgame is just one of the many high-profile films that are being released this year, a list that also includes Star Wars: Episode IX, The Lion King, Toy Story 4, and so many more.

For more on the new Avengers movie, check out our thoughts on if a new Hawkeye is being set up for the MCU, or catch up on our theories about the new Avengers Endgame suits. Or learn what Hawkeye’s Ronin costume reveals about the state of the MCU in Endgame!

Avengers Endgame new trailer: Iron Man returns home, Captain America does ‘whatever it takes’ to defeat Thanos

Marvel Studios has released the third (and possibly) the final trailer for Avengers: Endgame on Thursday. The 2.5-minute trailer aims to encapsulate the entire history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by invoking a decade’s worth of nostalgia.

To avoid revealing spoilery information in the Avengers Endgame trailer, Marvel seems to have come up with an effective strategy – the trailer appears to contain just as much old footage as it does fresh shots from the upcoming film. This serves multiple purposes – not only do we, as fans, get to reminisce about our favourite heroes, but the secrets are maintained.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige had previously hinted that the idea is to not reveal anything beyond the film’s opening 30 minutes in the promotional material, which they’ve done so far.

This new Endgame trailer opens with Tony Stark, stranded in space following the events of Avengers: Infinity War, narrating a message to his fiance, Pepper Potts. This is interspersed with glimpses from the first Iron Man movie. “It seems like a 1000 years ago, I fought my way out of that cave, became Iron Man, realised I loved you. And I know we said no more surprises, but I was really hoping we could pull of one last one,” he says.

The same process is repeated with Captain America, but the voiceover that accompanies his scenes suggests that a popular fan theory might perhaps be true. “The world has changed, none of us can go back, all we can do is our best, and sometimes the best we can do is to start over,” we hear a voice say, indicating perhaps that the MCU is in for a reboot, following the introduction of alternate realities and dimensions.

Also read: Captain Marvel movie review: Brie Larson stars in a feature length trailer for Avengers Endgame

But the biggest clue as to this theory’s veracity comes in the film’s money shot at the end. While Marvel, for obvious reasons couldn’t show glimpses of the final showdown with Thanos, they gave us the next best thing. Shots of Ant-Man shrinking are followed immediately by Captain America and Iron Man leading the heroes into the Quantum Realm, dressed in brand new suits.

Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans,Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and others. The film is slated for an April 26 release.

Avengers: Endgame’ Official Trailer: Marvel Unleashes the Biggest Superhero Event in Film History

From one record-breaking blockbuster to another, Marvel is looking to have its biggest year yet. Fresh off the box office success of “Captain Marvel” (which has already grossed over $500 million worldwide in less than a week and is destined to cross the $1 billion mark), Disney and Marvel Studios have unleashed the official trailer for next month’s “Avengers: Endgame,” which is easily the most highly anticipated entry in this decade-long franchise.

“Endgame” takes place after the events of last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” with half of the world’s population gone after Thanos secured all the Infinity Stones and snapped his finger. The surviving Avengers on Earth, including Captain America and Black Widow, team up to try and find the one way to reverse Thanos’ destruction. Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye (now the samurai-wielding Ronin) did not appear in “Infinity War” but are all back this time and apparently integral to how the Avengers plan to defeat Thanos and bring back their missing heroes, including Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Star Lord.

The very large “Avengers: Endgame” ensemble cast is led by Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, and Elizabeth Olsen, among many others.

Disney will release “Avengers: Endgame” in theaters nationwide on April 26.

It’s the end of the world in Marvel’s final Avengers: Endgame trailer

The end of Avengers: Infinity War did not leave our heroes in the best places, and Marvel’s latest trailer for Avengers: Endgame looks to drive home that point. It features a solemn recap of the earliest days of the franchise to drive home just how far the heroes — and fans — have come.

Like previous trailers, the latest clip is light on details for what will come in the big finale that Endgame promises to be. But a repeating mantra is that the Avengers will do “whatever it takes” to try and undo the damage that Thanos (Josh Brolin) has done — even if Thanos himself fails to make an appearance in the trailer.

Whatever last-ditch plan the collected heroes of the Marvel universe will try, at least we know that it’ll be in style, with the reveal of some slick, white Avengers uniforms. The trailer does end with one surprise: a scene with Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), fresh off her blockbuster debut last week to help out the rest of the Avengers.

Presumably, we’ll find out whether Marvel’s heroes can succeed in just a few short weeks when Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th.

After

A young woman falls for a guy with a dark secret and the two embark on a rocky relationship. Based on the novel by Anna Todd.

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Based on Anna Todd’s novel, AFTER follows Tessa (Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life. Written by Aviron Pictures

The Curse of La Llorona

SXSW Film Review: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

The predatory bogeywoman of Mexican legend haunts 1970s Los Angeles in Michael Chaves’ efficiently formulaic shocker.

Director:
Michael Chaves
With:
Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Marisol Ramirez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Roman Christou.
Release Date:
Apr 19, 2019

Rated R 1 hour 33 minutes

Official Site: https://www.thecurseoflallorona.com/

Things go bump in the night — and, as an occasional change of pace, in the middle of the afternoon — with a frequency that will neither surprise nor disappoint genre fans throughout “The Curse of La Llorona,” an efficiently formulaic shocker inspired by the centuries-old Mexican legend of the titular bogeywoman. It’s set in Los Angeles during the early 1970s, for no readily apparent reason other than to justify the what-the-hell inclusion of Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly” theme on the soundtrack. But its true location clearly is a distant corner of producer James Wan’s “The Conjuring” extended horror-movie universe, which gets a fleeting wink-wink hat-tip early on with a clever cameo appearance by Tony Amendola in his “Annabelle” role as Father Perez.

Linda Cardellini strikes a credible balance of maternal instincts and mortal terror as Anna Garcia, a social worker and widowed mom who suspects the worst when she discovers a woman in her caseload has been keeping her two small boys locked in a closet in their apartment. Despite the mother’s frantic insistence that she’s been driven to extremes to protect her children from an ungodly evil, the boys are taken away from her and placed in foster care. Within hours, they are found drowned in a reservoir — and Patricia (Patricia Velásquez), the distraught mom, is considered a prime suspect.

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As it turns out, however, the real culprit is La Llorona, aka The Weeping Woman, the malevolent spirit of a 17th-century Mexican beauty who drowned her own two children in a jealous rage to punish her unfaithful husband, and now walks the Earth to claim, or kill, other unfortunate youngsters. But wait, there’s more: Because Patricia blames Anna for her tragic loss, she prays for La Llorona to add the social worker’s young children, Samantha (Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) and Chris (Roman Christou), to her hit list. It doesn’t take long for prayers to be answered.

First-time feature director Michael Chaves is a great deal short of subtle while, as regularly as clockwork, he utilizes La Llorona (portrayed by Marisol Ramirez as a decrepit apparition in a white gown and veil) to provide the jarring pay-off for slow-build scenes featuring sudden gusts of wind, slamming doors and windows, and portentous shots of dripping faucets, unwinding car-window handles, and a backyard swimming pool that appears roughly the size of Rhode Island.

But, then again, people who buy tickets for a rock-the-house scare fest like “The Curse of La Llorona” — and, rest assured, this movie is bound to sell lots and lots of tickets to easily satisfied customers when it opens April 19 — usually aren’t in the market for nuance and understatement. No, they really want to savor the shared experience of screaming, or at least audibly expressing startlement, each time someone or something does the equivalent of sneaking up on them and yelling “Boo!”

That same audience customarily also enjoys laughing out loud at those clumps of cliché-heavy, on-the-nose dialogue that sometimes deliberately, sometimes inadvertently, provide comic relief. Scriptwriters Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis provide an adequate sprinkling of such howlers, saving the best lines for Raymond Cruz as Rafael Olvera, a former priest turned freelance curandero (or faith healer) armed with a slew of magic potions and powders, and a sly, self-mocking wit.

Cruz infuses Rafael with such incontestable authority that you almost believe he’s proposing a rational game plan rather than rationalizing a plot contrivance when he tells Anna and her children that they might as well stick around their besieged house during the third act and fight La Llorona there because, really, she’d probably just follow them if they vamoose to somewhere safer. Even if they’d flee to a place with better lighting, and without a ginormous swimming pool.

SXSW Film Review: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

Reviewed at SXSW Film Festival (Headliners), March 15, 2019. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 93 MIN.

Production: A Warner Bros. release of a New Line Cinema presentation of an Atomic Monster/Emile Gladstone Production. Producers: James Wan, Gary Dauberman, Emile Gladstone. Executive producers: Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Walter Hamada, Michelle Morrissey, Michael Clear.

Crew: Director: Michael Chaves. Screenplay: Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis. Camera (color): Michael Burgess. Editor: Peter Gvozdas. Music: Joseph Bishara.

With: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Marisol Ramirez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, Roman Christou.

The Best of Enemies

The Best of Enemies: New film tells story of desegregation in Durham

By Rick Armstrong, producer, and Renee Chou, anchor/reporter

Durham, N.C. — In the 1970s, in the midst of racial division, a Durham civil rights activist and a Ku Klux Klan leader came together to change history.

That true story is now the focus of a major motion picture, “The Best of Enemies,” which is inspired by a book of the same title. Both tackle the topic of racial tension, specifically tension in Durham. Desegregating schools is the landscape under which “The Best of Enemies” was born.

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Angela Lee, executive director of Durham’s Hayti Heritage Center, said the two central figures in the story first regarded each other as enemies.

Ann Atwater was a single mom and community activist, and Claiborne Paul Ellis, better known as C.P. Ellis, was a devoted father and KKK leader.

“C.P. Ellis was a ‘grand cyclops.’ Violence could have erupted and just gotten way out of hand,” Lee said. “But they became fast friends. Schools would be desegregated whether folks liked it or not — and it was just a matter of how willing you were to be part of a smooth transition.”

The Best of Enemies: New film tells story of desegregation in Durham

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrover with the Ann Atwater Freedom Library hopes this film will inspire a new generation facing similar divisions.

“That fusion of politics, of, you know, poor black people and poor white folks coming together is really what happened in this story,” Wilson-Hartgrover said. “I think ‘The Best of Enemies’ offers a glimpse of what is possible for American democracy — to build a better society for everyone.”

Ellis died in 2005, while Ann Atwater died three years ago.

“The Best of Enemies” premieres April 5 nationwide. Special screenings of the movie at the Carolina Theater in Durham next week are already sold out.

Breakthrough

Chrissy Metz and Devon Franklin talk about ‘Breakthrough’ movie

ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) – Two famous names in Hollywood stopped by Good Day Atlanta Thursday morning to talk about a new movie based on a true story of a mother who prayed for her son to come back to life.

Doctors call it a “bonafide miracle.” A teenager fell through an icy lake and had no pulse for 45 minutes, yet he survived. The situation changed as soon as his mother entered the room and started praying.

Breakthrough stars Chrissy Metz, from This Is Us, and it’s produced by Devon Franklin.

Hellboy

Runtime For David Harbour’s ‘Hellboy’ Reboot Revealed

Director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy reboot is set to arrive in theaters in less than one month and fans are eager to see how the new film compares to the original movies from Guillermo del Toro. Taking over the role of the titular hero is David Harbour and the new film is striving to have a greater emphasis on the horror elements from the original source material. Now, A German motion picture rating system organization has revealed the fully finished cut of Hellboy clocks in at exactly 120 minutes.

Are you excited to see Neil Marshall’s take on the material? How do you feel about David Harbour playing the demonic hero? Let us know below!

Directed by Neil Marshall from a script co-written by character creator Mike Mignola, Andrew Cosby, and Christopher Golden, Hellboy stars David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Sasha Lane.

Hellboy will be released in theaters on April 12, 2019.

The untold truth of Hellboy

There are few characters with more complicated origin stories and paradoxically simple high concepts than Hellboy. The high concept is simple, and best summed up by a line from Hellboy’s adopted father in the 2004 live action Hellboy: “There are things that go bump in the night, and we are the ones that bump back.” Hellboy is a devil raised as a man; a big, awkward guy who’s always ready to fight to save an innocent life. Simple, right? Well, he’s also a descendant of King Arthur, a prophesied world destroyer known as Anung Un Rama, and part of a long lineage of pulp heroes.

In short, Hellboy’s pretty complicated. With the upcoming live-action reboot poised to tap into some of the weirder corners of the character’s long and twisted history, it’s the perfect time to unfurl a set of mystical scrolls and look into what makes him tick. From Hellboy’s many comic crossover appearances to Ron Perlman’s defining screen portrayal to actor David Harbour’s casting in the new film, we’re diving deep into Hell to discover the untold truth of Hellboy.

Hellboy’s conception dates all the way back to 1991, when artist Mike Mignola responded to an open-ended fan request by drawing a massive demon with “Hellboy” printed on the belt buckle. Mignola had been working as an artist for Marvel and DC for years, building up a sizable collection of work and earning himself a loyal contingent of fans, but he wanted to make his own stories — specifically, he wanted to do stories about an occult detective. Remembering his old sketch, he adjusted the design to a more human figure, briefly considered and dismissed the idea of including the character in a team book (supposedly he couldn’t think of a good team name), and thus, Hellboy was born in 1993.

The first collection of Hellboy stories, Seed of Destruction, includes an acknowledgement page where Mignola thanks comics legend Jack Kirby and horror novelist H.P. Lovecraft. Those two creators are ingrained in the DNA of Hellboy. Like many of Kirby’s most beloved creations (which include Orion, Etrigan, and most of the entire Marvel universe), Hellboy is a bruiser of a character with a tortured and complicated family history. Lovecraft’s influence extends to just about everything around the character; the world of Hellboy is filled with horrifying extra-dimensional creatures, grim prophecies, and men brought to madness through cosmic knowledge. The genius of Hellboy is that there are monsters beyond our understanding… but there’s also a soft-hearted, brawny brawler who’s willing and able to punch it right in its scaly, non-euclidean maw.

Hellboy and the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense

Considering that Mignola struggled to think of a team for Hellboy to fit into, it’s ironic that Hellboy’s eventual team would go on to be so famous in their own right. One of the earliest additions to the Hellboy stories was the idea that Hellboy wasn’t just a rogue demon — he worked within a larger framework of equally weird paranormal investigators (and the occasional normal human): the B.P.R.D., which stands for the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. Members included Abe Sapien, an amphibian-human hybrid; Liz Sherman, a pyrokinetic goth with a dark past; Roger the Homunculus, an artificial human activated by Liz; Johann, a German medium reduced to ectoplasmic form; Kate Corrigan, one of the aforementioned regular humans; and Ben Daimio (more on him in a bit). The other members of the B.P.R.D. proved popular enough to anchor their own comic that ran alongside the Hellboy series for years.

Although super-spy organizations focused around paranormal or extraordinary events weren’t an unknown element in comic book universes (Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. and DC’s Checkmate being two notable examples), the B.P.R.D. was remarkably successful in establishing a world beyond Hellboy as a protagonist. The B.P.R.D. comic series even dealt with multiple apocalypses while Hellboy was indisposed (more on that later).

Who is Hellboy, and where does he actually come from? Well, that’s a complicated answer that Mignola took his sweet time revealing. To put it simply: Hellboy isn’t just a catchy name, it’s a surprisingly succinct summary of who he is: he’s half Hell, half boy. Half-human and half-demon. His mother was a witch impregnated by one of the Dukes of Hell, Azzael. Although she ultimately renounced her witchiness and tried to seek holy sanctuary in death, Azzael kidnapped her body and forced her to bear Hellboy in Hell. There, Hellboy was given his spooky, apocalyptic name, Anung un Rama (which translates to “and upon his brow is set a crown of flame”). He was also granted his Right Hand of Doom, a relic that connects him to the Ogdru Jahad, a series of Lovecraftian elder gods imprisoned in space.

Simple, right? From tortured circumstances comes a hero — fairly standard stuff. Hold on, though. Hellboy’s mother, Sarah, the witch? She was actually the latest in a long lineage of witches that go all the way back to Morgan le Fay. Despite Morgan and King Arthur being half-siblings, the two of them conceived children, one of whom was Sarah’s great-great-great-and-so-on grandmother, which makes Hellboy one of the rightful and only descendents of King Arthur. That also means that Hellboy can (and does) wield the holy blade Excalibur as the rightful king of England. Not bad for a red guy with a tail.

There’s more to Hellboy’s origin than just his actual family lineage — there’s also the heroic lineage that he’s been a part of for decades, both in-universe and out. Obviously, Hellboy trades in a lot of pulp tropes and motifs, but Hellboy himself is also the inheritor of a heroic legacy. In the Hellboy universe, there’s Lobster Johnson — part the Shadow, part the Spider, with just a smattering of occult spookiness to balance it all out. He’s also got one of the all-time best catchphrases to say when killing Nazis: “Beware my claw, for I’ve come to inflict justice!” Lobster nearly appeared in both Guillermo del Toro Hellboy movies before Mignola vetoed the inclusion on the basis of wanting the character to be as true to the comics as possible.

Interestingly, the first few issues saw Hellboy learning at the feet of a different pulp hero-inspired icon, the Torch of Liberty. This John Byrne creation was loaned out to Mignola for the first few Hellboy stories, when Byrne was assisting on scripting duties. Don’t expect to see him again, either in the comics or in any movie adaptations, though; Mignola’s said that the character’s inclusion in those early stories is a bit awkward since Bryne is the sole owner of the character, making repeat appearances nearly impossible.

Hellboy on the big screen
Noted monster fan and cinephile Guillermo del Toro was no stranger to comics before he signed on to direct Hellboy. In fact, while directing Blade 2 (a movie about a supernaturally powered warrior fighting against his evil lineage with a team of similarly spooky weirdos), del Toro had the opportunity to collaborate with Mignola, who contributed some storyboards for the film. Del Toro spent years pushing for the movie rights to Hellboy and campaigning to direct the film — a quest that ultimately paid off for the auteur. 2004’s Hellboy was a modest success, garnering solid reviews and a decent box office (especially considering the difficulty of selling a comic book movie with “Hell” in the title on Easter weekend).

Del Toro made a couple of major departures from the original text, however; one of the most notable was adding a romance between Ron Perlman’s Hellboy and Selma Blair’s Liz Sherman. Hellboy himself was markedly different as well. Perlman plays Hellboy a bit like an adolescent teenager that’s spent too much time locked up in his room. Although he’s just as heroic and quick to anger as his comic book counterpart, the movie Hellboy was distinct enough that, supposedly, when Mignola objected to certain elements in the script, del Toro responded: “Your Hellboy wouldn’t [do that]. Mine would.” The film proved successful enough to greenlight a sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which would find Mignola’s source material largely ignored in favor of an original story by del Toro (although, ironically, parts of the plot would bear a striking similarity to beats from The Wild Hunt, a later story which would source of inspiration for the upcoming movie reboot).

Hellboy on the small screen
Despite receiving solid reviews and another decent chunk of box office profits, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army would spell the end of del Toro and Perlman’s conception of the character on the big screen. This was due more to time constraints than the movies being failures — del Toro would spend the next few years of his career trying to get a number of failed projects off of the ground, including At the Mountains of Madness, The Hobbit (which Peter Jackson would soon take over), and others. However, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army wouldn’t be the last time that Mignola and del Toro shared shared collaborative history. Guy Davis, one of the few artists who would come to define the look and style of the B.P.R.D. universe, would create character designs for del Toro’s giant robot epic, Pacific Rim.

In the meantime, Hellboy stories weren’t being shown on the big screen. Instead, a couple of animated adventures, 2006’s Hellboy: Sword of Storms and 2007’s Hellboy: Blood and Iron were produced. Both films featured the main cast of the live-action films reprising their roles as voice actors in an animated style similar to Mignola’s original, shadow-intensive visuals. A third film was greenlit, which would have focused on the pulp hero Lobster Johnson, but it was never produced.

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Hellboy

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Shazam

Shazam! Now Tracking For Lower $40 To $45 Million Opening

Well, this is kind of a bummer. It looks like box office predictions for DC Films’ latest flick Shazam! is slowly going decreasing as its April 5 release date approaches. A few weeks back, I reported on some projections from the outlet Box Office Pro, which has the film pegged to hit around $48 million domestically in its opening weekend. Now, it looks like new projections are slightly lower, though still fairly close to that initial estimate.

The new predictions come courtesy of Deadline, who is stating the film is set to make somewhere between $40 million and $45 million in its opening weekend in North America. I’ll admit, this is a bit disappointing to me. The more I see of the movie, the more I’m really excited for it. With its kid-centric premise and its willingness to be a bit more Amblin-esque in how it handles the more adult material, I find myself warming up to it more and more.

That being said, some perspective is definitely warranted here. Unlike many other DC films, Shazam! wasn’t made for a budget north of $150 million. In fact, by all accounts, its budget is more in the neighborhood of $80 to $90 million, which makes that $45 million opening sound not-so-bad, especially when it’ll be opening all over the world.

Another tick in its favor is social media reactions so far. Our own interviewers saw and really liked the movie, and their own comments on it have been mirrored all over the web — that it’s an endearing good time. Should this perception continue with audiences, there’s a good chance this could have a solid tail, allowing it to perform decently leading up to Avengers: Endgame (and maybe even past that film’s release, as it can appeal to a more casual audience).

Why The Best Moment From The Shazam! Trailers Isn’t In The Movie

One great moment from the Shazam! trailers is confirmed to not be in the movie. The first DC film of 2019 – and the only one set in the world of the DCEU – has had a rather surprising marketing campaign. Shazam’s near-three-minute teaser trailer released at SDCC in July 2018, but for almost eight months there wasn’t a follow-up; theaters got an edited version of the Comic-Con trailer and TV spots revealed more footage, but it wasn’t until early March an official trailer was released.

Not that the staggered approach matters when a movie looks as good as Shazam! does. Indeed, the latest international trailer is full of exciting moments, from Billy Batson jumping off a rooftop and transforming into his superhero form in mid-air to a villain monologue going unheard because the hero lacks super hearing. The absolute highlight, though, has to be the massive meta wink to Batman and Superman; the trailer shows a child playing with toys looking like the DCEU versions of the Caped Crusader and Man of Steel (nodding towards their clash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) humming the John Williams’ Superman theme before Shazam and Dr. Sivanna clash in front of him.
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Sadly, this isn’t actually in the movie releasing next month. Director David Sandberg has been saying as much on Twitter since reports of the Shazam! trailer scene made their way online in January, and now it’s been officially released has repeated it. While the moment is a highpoint of the marketing, it’s only in the film sans the classic Superman music. According to Sandberg, that was a decision of the trailer editors and not anybody involved with the main production.
Shazam Batman and Superman Child

While this would have given an already humorous joke a neat meta tinge, there is some fair logic for Shazam! not using the trailer moment. While it’s funny in a short piece of marketing, it wouldn’t make much sense in the world of the movie; it would canonize the Williams’ Superman theme within the DCEU, and to some degree the Christopher Reeve movies with it. This effect is doubly true given how that music has already been used in the franchise’s soundscape.
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The John Williams’ Superman theme from the Christopher Reeve era is viewed by many as the defining sound of Kal-El, although has a rather complicated relationship to the DCEU. For Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, Henry Cavill’s Superman was audibly marked out by Hans Zimmer’s new, operatic theme. However, when Joss Whedon took over directing duties of Justice League following Snyder leaving the project, he replaced Dawn of Justice composer Junkie XL with Danny Elfman, who in turn swapped the previous themes for recreations of the Superman 1977 and Batman 1989 scores. “Batman has only one musical theme” Elfman stated at the time, and while that was his own composition, the logic holds true for Superman as well.
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The attempt to connect the continuity-distinct DCEU to past movies was just one of many made in the theatrical release of Justice League, but remains one of it’s most confounding. While DC Films’ future seems to be ignoring the infamous 2017 bomb, Elfman’s choice may still have an impact on how any legacy aspects – be it from the Reeve Superman or Burton, Schumacher or Nolan Batman era – are factored into the movies. Either they’re ignored or are part of the soundtrack; bringing them into the world would certainly be jarring.
Next: Shazam: Every Comic Moment Adapted For The Movie
Key Release Dates

Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
Joker (2019) release date: Oct 04, 2019
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) release date: Feb 07, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
The Batman (2021) release date: Jun 25, 2021
The Suicide Squad (2021) release date: Aug 06, 2021
DC Super Pets (2021) release date: May 21, 2021

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Shazam superhero movie with Zachary Levi: Trailers, cast, advanced screenings

Here’s our ongoing guide to the upcoming DC Comics film starring Zachary Levi. The film opens April 5, but advance screenings are coming March 23.

Pretending to be a superhero is half the fun of childhood. But what if you could go from being a kid to an adult with god-worthy powers just by uttering a single word?

That’s exactly what happens in the upcoming movie Shazam, in which young character Billy Batson can instantly change into an adult superhero just by yelling the word “Shazam!” The film got a new teaser on Jan. 20 containing a Man of Steel Easter Egg.
Who’s making it?

The latest film in the DC Expanded Universe is directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke.

Shazam will be the first film depiction of the character since the 1941 serial Adventures of Captain Marvel, the superhero’s original name. It’s also the first full-length feature film centered around Shazam.

While the film has officially wrapped, both star Zachary Levi and director David F. Sandberg have shared their own Shazam tributes online.
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Entertainment Weekly gives the first look at actor Zachary Levi in his superhero costume standing next to actor Jack Dylan Grazer, who plays orphan Freddy Freeman, in the movie Shazam.
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In late May, Levi posted to Instagram a fan-made image of Shazam slurping on a soft drink while watching fellow DC Comics superheroes Superman and Batman battle it out.

A couple of days later, Sandberg tweeted a short video mashup mixing the goofiness of Billy Batson/Shazam with the moodier movies fans are used to seeing out of the DC Comics film universe.

On July 12, Levi’s Shazam superhero costume was officially revealed online. And on a few days later, fans got a closer look at Shazam and his inner teen as he blew a giant bubblegum bubble and checked his cell phone on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

The first full-length official trailer for Shazam hit during San Diego Comic-Con International 2018. Fans can watch the full panel with the cast here.

On Dec. 6, Levi shared the official poster image on his Instagram with the caption, “Heyoo! The new poster of Shazam movie is here! And a there’s a new trailer coming in the new year.”
Watch this: Shazam: Everything you need to know so far
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New poster for the upcoming DC Comics superhero movie Shazam starring Zachary Levi, out in April 2019.
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On Dec 9, new movie footage of the first interaction between Shazam and Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong) was presented at Brazil Comic Con Experience.

In the video, Shazam acts like he is unbeatable, but villain Dr. Sivana puts him in his place by throwing him up into the sky to try to make Shazam to beg for his life.

Dr. Sivana complains Shazam acts childish, and Shazam agrees that he is indeed a kid. As he falls, Shazam screams “Superman! Superman!” and starts to float.

A comic book-inspired Shazam movie poster was also unveiled at Brazil Comic Con Experience on Dec. 5.
Watch this: Shazam Comic-Con trailer turns a teen into a sweet superhero
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What we know about the plot

According to the movie’s official description, Billy Batson is a streetwise 14-year-old foster kid who always kept everyone at arm’s length.

One day, a dying wizard grants him superpowers of six ancient heroes, which Billy can activate whenever he says the wizard’s name, “Shazam.” He is then turned into the adult superhero Shazam via a magic lightning bolt.

Shazam may look like an adult version of himself, but he’s still a teen at heart.
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Shazam tests the limits of his abilities to see if he can fly, have X-ray vision or any other kind of superhero-type powers. But he’ll need to master whatever powers he might have quickly to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

Billy’s foster brother and best friend Freddy Freeman, who happens to be a superhero expert, helps both train Billy and keep Billy’s new superpowers secret.

In the official trailer, we see all of those plot points to be true, but there’s also a strong sense of humor throughout the film. In one sequence, Billy tests out his new superhero abilities as Shazam that include flying, strength and being bulletproof.
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Here’s the comic book-inspired Shazam movie poster revealed at Brazil’s Comic Con Experience.
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Some theories (based on the comics)

In the comics, Billy is transformed into a magical flying adult superhero who has “the genius of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the unbreakable will of Atlas, the lightning blasts of Zeus, the power of Achilles and the speed of Mercury,” according to the DC Comics website.

The first letter of each of the ancient heroes spells out the superhero’s namesake — Shazam.

If the movie goes follows the original comics, we’ll see Shazam not only have the strength, powers and fortitude of mythological Greek gods. He’ll also have to deal with powerful enemies as well as struggle with his own youthful lack of judgment and experience.

While DC Comics has yet to show off an official image from the movie, Levi posted to Instagram a photo where he poses next to a poster of himself as Shazam at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.

The red superhero suit included the hood attachment seen on the New 52 version of the hero from the comics, according to CNET sister site Comicbook.com.

Shazam!’s Chinese Trailer Has Batman v Superman & Aquaman Jokes

Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary Featurette Delves Into The True Horror Of The Story

Sometimes dead is better. Right? Obviously, that’s the iconic line from Pet Sematary that’s been plastered all over the marketing, for obvious reasons, but it’s iconic for a reason. In addition to being endearingly wrong-sounding grammatically (even though it is), it’s also pretty insightful in terms of what it’s addressing.

In the film, a man opts to bring his daughter back to life after a terrible accident. Though while her return may seem like a blessing, the reality is far more horrifying. This new featurette for the film explores this idea, and whether or not we should be willing to go to such desperate lengths to bring back lost loved ones. You can check out said featurette above.

“Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, (#StephenKing) #PetSematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (#JohnLithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. “

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Box Office: Here’s What ‘Shazam’ And ‘Pet Sematary’ Might Gross On Their Opening Weekends
Fresh off the tracking boards, we have the first official pre-release tracking for the big April 5 releases. First up is DC Films’ Shazam, which is currently projected to open with around $45 million in its initial Fri-Sun run. For the record, David F. Sandberg’s DC Films flick cost around $90m to produce, about on par with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Venom, so it doesn’t have to break records in order to break even. Warner Bros. is sneaking the movie on March 23, during which the embargo will drop.

The hope is that the sneak preview will spread word-of-mouth both about the movie’s quality and whether or not it’s safe for kids. I saw the film last night and while I am currently under said embargo, I can say that you can absolutely buy a ticket for one of those sneak preview showings right here. Click on that button right there and presto! Go and take care of that and then come back to this post. Go… do it now!!

The hope is that presumably strong reviews (the social media embargo dropped last week) and solid week-of-release buzz will push that number upward or at least allow it to stay the course. A $40 million-to-$45m launch for a $90m superhero flick would be just fine, especially as the film may or may not be quite different in scope, scale and tone from both Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame and thus may well survive getting surrounded by the MCU mega-movies.

Yes, Aquaman, Spider-Man: into the Spider-Verse and Glass hit their tracking dead on, but Captain Marvel and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World showed that positive buzz can still push the debut numbers above the initial tracking guestimates. Heck, you can make the case that Shazam’s biggest competition is not the other comic book movies (along with the R-rated Hellboy opening the week after), but Walt Disney’s PG-rated Dumbo opening on March 29. The Tim Burton-directed fantasy is projected to open with around $50m-to-$60m (the review embargo will drop the Tuesday before opening), and that one could bite into Shazam’s kid-friendly demos.

The other big release that day is Paramount/Viacom’s Pet Sematary, which will close out this year’s SXSW festival. The second adaptation of Stephen King’s popular novel (about a cemetery that brings things back to life) is currently tracking at an over/under $25 million launch. That would be a solid start for the Kevin Kolsch/Dennis Widmyer-directed horror story, and again strong reviews out of SXSW could push that number upward. No, we shouldn’t expect A Quiet Place numbers (that was a PG-13 story that didn’t revolve around dead kids and dead animals), but this one is also presumably cheap enough that it won’t need to break records (or necessarily compete with Jordan Peele’s Us) to break even.
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April 5 will also gift us with STX’s The Best of Enemies, which is a true-life tale about Civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson) confronting and then befriending Exalted Cyclops of the Klu Klux Klan C.P. Ellis (Oscar winner Sam Rockwell). The North Carolina school integration drama, which is sure to be flooded with think pieces, is tracking for around $7 million on opening weekend. Whether the movie is any good, I have little issue with this considering that Henson has already played an assassin in Proud Mary and a ballbusting sports agent in What Men Want over the last year-and-change, so it’s not like this is the only starring role she has been offered.

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