The Hellboy reboot has received an official R rating for its graphic violence, among other things.
The Dark Horse Comics adaptation of Mike Mignola’s fan-favorite demon hunter has been announced as rated R for bloody violence and gore throughout and language. This lives up to the cast and crew’s promise of a darker, more mature take on the property than Guillermo Del Toro’s two PG-13 rated films.
It was announced from the very beginning that the Hellboy reboot would be aiming for an R rating, unlike either of del Toro’s adaptations (which were both PG-13). The film’s cast and crew have stuck to their idea ever since, with David Harbour likening the reboot to R-rated superhero movies like Deadpool and Logan and Marshall describing the project as “more bloody and more violent”than its predecessors. The green-band Hellboy trailer even offered a small taste of the film’s mature content, showing Hellboy shooting monsters in the head and calling his co-workers, um, impolite names. Now, however, the R rating is officially official.
The MPAA has announced that Hellboy is rated R “for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language”. It wasn’t the only film to receive an R rating this week either, with upcoming movies like the Shaft sequel and comic book adaptation The Kitchen also being labeled “for mature audiences only”.
Arriving on April 12, director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as Nimue, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio.