Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 American fantasy superhero film based on the fictional character Hellboy created by Mike Mignola. The movie was written and directed by Guillermo del Toro and is a sequel to the 2004 film Hellboy, which del Toro also directed. Ron Perlman reprises his starring role as the eponymous character. The Golden Army was produced by Universal Studios and Relativity Media and released by Universal Pictures. Unlike the first film, which featured a darker, gothic atmosphere, Hellboy II features a fantasy atmosphere. The film grossed over $160 million, against a budget of $85 million. It received positive reviews from critics, which praised the fantasy atmosphere in the film, as well as Perlman and the other cast's acting performances.