Oh. My. Gosh.
I nearly soiled myself, especially since--for an instant--I thought it was Elric in his bad-boy albino-ey fabulosity.
Hope this sequel takes it a couple notches over the first film, which, while much fun and romantic, didn't make it to uber-flickness territory.
Watch it here: Hellboy: The Golden Army and at the official site HERE.
Here is what writer/artist and Helloby creator Mike Mignola had to say in an IGN interview about the film's plot, and if you like elves in your story, you ought to take note:
It's an original story that Guillermo and I came up with about two years ago. It actually reflects the direction the comic is going in. It's not in any way the same story, but it deals with similar things. The focus is more on the folklore and fairy tale aspect of Hellboy. It's not Nazis, machines and mad scientists but the old gods and characters who have been kind of shoved out of our world.
I kind of equate it to the whole American Indian situation. The Indians were shoved onto reservations. You had your old, wise Indians who said, "You know, this is the way it is. We can't fight anymore. We just have to accept our fate." You then have your Geronimo character saying, "Or we could just kill the White Man." That's kind of the situation we have in the film. We have our elf characters resigning to the way things are and then there's one saying, "Or we could take the world back." The main difference is - what if the Indians had a nuclear warhead? The elves have their equivalent of the weapon that is too terrible to use. What if this guy decided to use it?
Thanks, DGD at Sci-Fi Catholic.