My friends give me volumes of crap for recommending Hellboy to them in 2004. I say it was a fairly faithful adaptation and they just hated it because it probably didn’t have enough explosions and nakedness in it. But, I’ve always included Hellboy in my Top 10 Comic-to-Movies list (#9).
Even though the Hellboy 2: The Golden Army script was previously leaked, IESB.net managed to review an updated script. The verdict?
HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY by Guillermo del Toro had me with the first line of dialogue written in the script. There’s nothing really special about the line spoken by a SHADOWY FIGURE-it was a case of not what you say, but how you say it, because the description for the first line stated it was subtitled from the Elvish.
More spoilers after the jump…
The film opens with WINK, the TROLL and a SHADOWY FIGURE wreaking havoc in a upscale auction house as they make off with a piece of a GOLDEN CROWN.
Oh dear, and:
The action moves to a coup de etat in the world of the world of the FAIRIES with PRINCE NUADA and PRINCESS NUALA. The PRINCE it seems is so over a truce that was formed between MAN and THE MAGICK FAMILIES centuries ago.
He wants to raise the GOLDEN ARMY and rid the planet of normal folks like you and me. (Yeah – not so fast there Hairless Vic!)
What will we do?
Anyway, the PRINCESS escapes and in an effort to stop him, falls in with our BRPD heroes, who have been joined by a new team leader: JOHANN KRAUS. KRAUS is a charming, well-spoken containment suit, with a vacuum tube of a face. Apparently, he’s nothing but his own vaporous form.
There’s action aplenty as HELLBOY dukes it out with increasingly incredible creatures, like THE ELEMENTAL – cross TREEBEARD THE ENT with GODZILLA and you get the picture.
Oh yeah, and Abe Sapien falls in love!
It turns out that ABE, like the rest of us, is an idiot when it comes to being in love. And, like the rest of us idiots, he’s found just the perfect song to express his feelings. Brother, I gotta tell you what it is: It’s “I Can’t Smile Without You” by Barry Manilow.
All of that sounds very Mignola-ish… and seeing as how he is helping write it, this shouldn’t be a surprise.