With the impending release of the David Harbour-starring, Neil Marshall-directed Hellboy reboot growing ever closer, its important to remember one thing; Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a motherf***ing cinematic classic.
Coming out in 2008, Hellboy II hit at a peak time of change in the world of comic book movies. Marvel Studios had just released a little film called Iron Man. DC and Warner Bros. were prepping to release a modest follow-up to Batman Begins called The Dark Knight. And right in the middle of it all was Hellboy II.
Since then, Marvel has turned that one film into a twenty-plus-film-spanning franchise, DC has recast Batman twice, and Guillermo del Toro has won a bunch of Oscars. And Hellboy is getting a reboot. But regardless of its quality, it's important to remember just what a stellar film Hellboy II: The Golden Army is and what a pivotal role it played in the career of one of our generation's greatest auteurs, Guillermo del Toro.
Here is all of the irrefutable proof as to why Hellboy II is still the best.