The Hellboy movies, of which there have been two so far, aren’t my favorite comic book hero movies of recent years. In fact, they don’t even come close to being so. But they’re still well worth watching, offering a different, slightly skewed take on the genre. Which is refreshing.
The man behind the movies is Guillermo del Toro. This is the man who was all set to direct The Hobbit alongside Peter Jackson until he decided he could no longer sit around and wait for the finances to be put in place.
His departure from The Hobbit caused speculation that this could free del Toro up to make a third Hellboy movie a lot sooner than had been stated previously. The best way to find out if there is any truth in this is to ask him, which is just what MTV Splashpage did.
He responded by saying:
“You know, I think that everyone should ask Ron [Perlman]. I had dinner with [Perlman] last night. He said ‘six hours [in the makeup chair], what do you want?’ And he’s doing ‘Sons of Anarchy’ without makeup. He’s spoiled! He likes to be the big cheese without the makeup session. I would love to do it. But the heartbreak for me is that I know how it ends and I don’t know if I want to see that ending. But I would love to do it.”
That’s positive, but whether Hellboy 3 will make an appearance before we all get to old to still have an interest in it likely depends on both Ron Perlman and the character’s creator Mike Mignola. The latter stated in 2008 that:
“The problem is, what del Toro’s talked about to me is that ‘Hellboy III’ would be the end of Hellboy. And here’s where we have the big conflict. My version of Hellboy in the comics is a finite story, but it’s going to take me 15 years to get to the ending. If he makes ‘Hellboy III’ and it’s the death of Hellboy, I’m left doing the comic going, ‘But I’m not done yet.’ My Hellboy is not going to have kids. My Hellboy is going to die, but I want to be the one who does that. And if del Toro does my ending, there won’t be a lot of surprise when I get to the end of the comic.”
Assuming del Toro’s Hellboy is only going to be a trilogy then I can’t see a third film appearing any time soon. However, if the series is likely to be extended into four, five, or even six films then I expect we’ll get one quite soon. Just don’t bank on it, or blame me if it never becomes reality.