Yesterday the news broke that big Red would be kicking ass once again on the big screen – Hellboy is coming back!! The catch? These guys will have nothing to do with it…
This was very unexpected news considering that just a couple months ago, Guillermo Del Toro curb stomped our remaining hopes and dreams with a single tweet:
Both Hellboy movies are real treasures. Not long ago I introduced my kids to them with great success. Now my daughter has a plush “Itty Bitty Hellboy” among the army of stuffed cats in her bed. A couple years ago my wife and I also got to meet Doug Jones (Abe Sapien) at a convention. He hugged us, petted my beard, and called my wife precious. Anyone who can do those things without risking assault is goddamned magical. Needless to say, I was as bummed as everyone else when Guillermo del Toro’s news hit in February, yet, I also wasn’t the least bit surprised.
GDT is a remarkable talent. His movies transcend in ways that films (horror or comic based) seem to rarely do…. Go watch Pan’s Labyrinth and tell me I’m wrong. However huggable and great Mr. del Toro is, he’s also developed a nasty habit of getting us all excited about his project involvement then eventually breaking our geeky hearts.
Pacific Rim 2, At The Mountains of Madness, Justice League Dark, Hellboy 3….. His list of involved-then-uninvolved projects has become painfully long. I say painful because we’d all love to see him bring his vision to these very GDT-suited properties. Alas, that list will come to fruition via different sources; which could be a good thing or a bad thing – we don’t know since none of them have seen the light of day yet. This leads me to the topic we opened with……………..
Are we in favor of the big Hellboy news?
YES! This is such a welcomed surprise! I never thought we’d see Hellboy on the screen again so the chance to open up a new age of films for the Dark Horse Comics standout is one that needs to be taken. Here are a few thoughts on why in no particular order:
- Must we reboot? Yes. This is the only way it’s going to happen because the figurative and literal stars couldn’t align to make Hellboy 3 happen. As previously stated, I love the team behind the original two films. The double-edged sword behind how good they all are is that they are also now rather busy. Without Marvel Cinematic Universe-level forethought to buy an actor’s soul prior to the first go around, getting such popular talent together is near impossible.
- But not without Ron Perlman! There’s no way around it. Ron Perlman is a busy man who went through claustrophobic hell (no pun intended) to get into character. His heart was in the idea of bringing Big Red back but that was about it. I can’t blame the guy for being satisfied with it to the point to leave it be. Plus, he’s passing the stone hand onto David Harbour from Stranger Things. Harbour is a great actor who got a very deserving level of attention for playing Coop in Netflix’s critical darling. Plus, the dude looks the part!
- How can Hellboy be made WITHOUT Del Toro?! How can’t it? He’s not going to do it, plain and simple. We’re incredibly fortunate they’ve signed Neil Marshall on to direct. If that name doesn’t sound familiar then go watch The Descent – one of the best horror movies of the last 15 years that succeeded in making me feel very anxious (something that is not easy to do with my level of desensitivity). More recently he directed two of the absolute best episodes of Game Of Thrones: “Blackwater” and “The Watchers on the Wall”. So here’s a guy who has successfully brought us a nightmarish thriller/horror and TWO epic fantasy battles with giants and green fire…. combine the best qualities of those examples and you have a prime candidate for Hellboy! Also, the mastermind of it all, Mike Mignola, is still very much involved. I don’t think he’d allow them to disgrace his creation.
- Ugh…. does it have to be Rated R? Pretty much. If Deadpool and Logan had slapped those prudish movie executives around back when Del Toro was trying to make Hellboy 3 originally then it probably would have been greenlit. Studios know that now movies like that are a safe investment whereas before they wouldn’t touch them. Hellboy deserves to be Rated R. The fact that the first two were made to be as good as they were without crossing into the darker areas of the source material is amazing. HELL is right in his name! My kids still hesitate saying it outloud for fear of getting in trouble.
So I’m stoked. This is flippin’ great news for comic fans. At this point in it’s development, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, has all the right things going for it. I’m about as happy about it as Hellboy with an armload of kittens.
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– The Belligerent Barnes