Superhero movies are no longer summer-only experiences. As the genre has grown more popular, now various studios are comfortable releasing such theatrical offerings during other times of the year, which is why we find ourselves in an interesting predicament this April. Shazam!, Hellboy and Avengers: Endgame are all coming out that month, each representing a different comic book company. As previously acknowledged, Hellboy is the most likeliest to be negatively affected by this strange scheduling, so if Lionsgate is wise, itíll push the reboot back further before it gets massacred by the competition.

For what itís worth, Hellboy was originally scheduled to come out on January 11, but last September, Lionsgate decided to push it to April 12. No specific reason was provided, although given that marketing still hadnít begun at the time, the move didnít come as a complete shock. Plus, January is typically a lackluster month for movies, so one canít blame Lionsgate for wanting to move it to a better spot. However, now Hellboy is sandwiched between Shazam! on April 5 and Avengers: Endgame on April 26.

If Shazam! was the only major motion picture Hellboy had to compete with, then maybe an argument could be made for keeping it where it currently is. But just like it did with Avengers: Infinity War last year, Marvel decided to move Avengers: Endgame from its early May spot to late April. So now, in addition to Hellboy contending with Shazam! stragglers its opening weekend, Hellboy will also have to deal with Avengers: Endgame grabbing peoplesí attentions in its third weekend. Thatís not good at all.

Letís face the facts: although heís built up a solid fanbase ever since hitting the Dark Horse Comics scene in 1993, Hellboy isnít a well-known character to the general public. Sure he got to lead two movies last decade directed by Guillermo del Toro that earned positive reception, but they didnít make a splash commercially (which is part of the reason why Hellboy III never moved forward). No doubt Lionsgate is hoping that the Hellboy reboot will spawn an even bigger franchise that makes Big Red a household name; thereís certainly enough material that Hellboy mastermind Mike Mignola has created over the years to warrant a cinematic universe.

But as things stand now, Hellboy has DC and Marvel overlapping with its theatrical run. I donít need to tell you how big of a deal Avengers: Endgame will be. Just look at how Avengers: Infinity War did last year, and then presume Endgame will do just as well, if not better. As for Shazam!, while the World's Mightiest Mortal also isnít that popular a character to the general public, at least itís part of an established franchise, with the latest entry, Aquaman, having just become the highest-grossing DC movie of all time. Combined with its fun tone, itís a good bet plenty of people will check it out throughout April.

Taking all this into account, Lionsgate would be better suited postponing Hellboy so that it has a better chance of succeeding rather than be bombarded by two more high-profile blockbusters. Admittedly, a movie being delayed twice or more usually isnít a good look, as evidenced by whatís happened with Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants. Public perception is important, but when pitted against how much money the movie will ultimately make, itís better for the studio to prioritize the latter over the former.

So when should Hellboy be released? Definitely during the peak summer movie season. May to July is already packed to the brim with major blockbusters that would get interfere with Hellboyís performance just like Shazam! and Avengers: Endgame will. Itís possible the reboot could potentially thrive in August, when the summer movie season winds down, but there are still the likes of Hobbs and Shaw and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark providing competition. November and December are also out because those winter releases (Terminator 6, Frozen 2, Star Wars: Episode IX, etc) are just as big, if not bigger, than the summer ones.

Since delaying Hellboy to 2020 would be questionable no matter what way you look at it, that leaves September and October, which is frankly a much better fit for this reboot. While the trailer didnít do a good job of presenting this, itís been said numerous times that Hellboy will be a darker, more horror-infused tale. What better time to release such a spooky movie then when Halloween is weeks away? Besides, having seen how Venom did last year as the only comic book movie of fall 2018, Hellboy taking a similar approach might get more people to see it on the big screen since thereís not as much action-packed content to check out that time of the year.

That being said, unlike Venom, Hellboy would be better off avoiding October and coming out in September instead. October has movies like Joker and Zombieland: Double Tap coming out, which Hellboy should steer clear from. In September, though, the only movie that could potentially interfere with Hellboy is IT: Chapter 2 at the beginning of the month, so if Hellboy comes out on the weekend of September 20 or 27, then itíll have a week or two to ďstand on its ownĒ amidst the other movies that donít really cross over with what itís offering. It would certainly fare better than in its current April spot. So to the appropriate Lionsgate parties, consider moving Hellboy to the fall before itís too late.

Inspired by the comic book storylines ďDarkness Calls,Ē ďThe Wild HuntĒ and ďThe Storm and the Fury,Ē Hellboy follows the eponymous protagonist and his allies at the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) fighting to stop a medieval sorceress from slaughtering humanity in her quest to merge the human world and monster world together. The main cast includes David Harbour as Hellboy, Milla Jovovich as Nimue the Blood Queen, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio, among others. The Descentís Neil Marshall directed and Andrew Cosby wrote the script.