Daniel Dae Kim Confirms ‘Hellboy’ Casting & Applauds Ed Skrein’s Exit

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Lost and Hawaii Five-0 actor Daniel Dae Kim has confirmed his casting in the Hellboy reboot.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Kim confirmed that he will be playing Major Ben Daimio, a member of the B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense).

“I’m excited to confirm that I’ve officially joined the cast of Hellboy. We start shooting today and I’ll be playing Ben Daimio, alongside our very talented cast, headed by David Harbour, and director, Neil Marshall. Thank you for all the supportive tweets and comments, especially in light of the recent events surrounding its original casting.”

The role was originally offered to Deadpool star Ed Skrein, but the actor decided to bow out of the role when fan outcry brought the casting’s whitewashing to his attention. In his statement, Kim also praised Skrein and the producers for doing the right thing:

“I applaud the producers and, in particular, Ed Skrein for championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian American actors. He could not have addressed the issue more elegantly and I remain indebted to him for his strength of character.”

Hollywood whitewashing is a problem that, even in this day and age, still persists. However, as seen in this example, it’s not always the producers and studios that hold the responsibility in their hands. When it came down to it, Skrein did the right thing here. He could have easily exited the project quietly, but he made his decision public, which essentially forced the producers to hire an Asian American actor. Personally, I think he should be rewarded for the way he handled this situation by given another role in the film. I think he would make a pretty good Abe Sapian. How about you?

Directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers) and written by comic creator Mike Mignola, alongside Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden, the Hellboy reboot stars David Harbour, Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, Penelope Mitchell, Sasha Lane and Daniel Dae Kim.

Hellboy will hit theaters on January 11, 2019.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

The 20 Best Superhero Movie & TV Costumes

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Superhero CostumesSuperheroes are constantly being adapted for different mediums. The designs of the costumes our heroes are adorned in are always extremely varied artist by artist. They each have their own style that have influenced the inevitable film or television adaptations of them. Most recently the newest image from Justice League showing the team has drawn much talk and attention, especially on their outfits. When Hollywood gets their hand on designing costumes sometimes they can do a poor job, but there are so many more examples of great costume designs that stand out now more than ever before, which is extremely thrilling for fans to see their favorite heroes being realized the way they envisioned them.  With the immense number of superhero adaptations and characters now is a good time to look at some of the best of them. So here are the 20 best superhero movie and TV costumes.

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Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).