Guillermo Del Toro has made it clear that he would like to return to the “Hellboy” franchise to complete what he has always envisioned as a trilogy. Now, his lead actor, Ron Perlman, has chimed in as well. Perlman did a recent interview and took the time to talk about how much he wants to see the trilogy completed, even teasing how great the resolution is that Del Toro has in mind.
Perlman said that the first two movies were set up to end with this big, mysterious, resolution of Hellboy’s story and that Del Toro knows exactly what that resolution should be. He called the idea epic and said that the fans who stuck with them through the first two movies deserves this big movie moment. Perlman then said that he would not stop politicking until “Hellboy 3” gets made.
Mike Mignola created Hellboy in 1993 for Dark Horse Comics and has been writing the character ever since. In the comic, the infant Hellboy was held by Nazi occultists but was discovered and saved by the Allied Forces. His father figure was Professor Bruttenholm and he started up the BRPD, of which Hellboy was a key member. While the direction of the movie trilogy is unknown, Mignola had a prophecy set up for Hellboy and finally went through with it in 2010 when he killed Hellboy in a battle to save the Earth.
The first “Hellboy” movie played as an origin tale, with the opening showing the Allied Forces finding Hellboy and then cutting to years later where Hellboy is grown up, but still seems to be at the stages of adolescence. This is also the original tale for the BRPD, as we meet Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman, whose relationship with Hellboy drives the story forward. This is the movie where Hellboy proves to be a hero to the world.
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
With that opening origin story out of the way, Del Toro was able to really cut loose with “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” This movie showed the brilliance of Del Toro when it came to both set design and monster effects as he had Hellboy and the BRPD battle an army of demons led by Prince Nuada, who is waging war against the human race. While the first “Hellboy” movie was not a critical success, this second one made a nice profit thanks to international box office numbers, but the disappointing domestic numbers may be what is keeping the final piece of the trilogy from being made.