Big guns, scary monsters, brightly colored heroes, and a movie with practical effects so god damn convincing you’ll want to reach into the tv and high five a Hell Hound. The Demon raised to fight evil Hellboy, originally published by Dark Horse Comics, was brought to life on the big screen by visionary film-maker Guillermo Del Toro back in 2004. After its 2008 sequel Hellboy: the Golden Army, fanboys have been eagerly awaiting a reprisal of the titular character from actor Ron Perlman, also well known for his role of Clarence “Clay” Morrow on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.
The Hellboy movies also feature the talents of cult favorite Doug Jones as Abe Sapien, who destroyed as Fauno in Guillermo Del Toros Spanish language fantasy terror flick Pan’s Labrynth, the Gentlemen in Buffy the Vampire Slayers Emmy award winning episode “Hush”, and the Silver Surfer in Fantastic 4: the Rise of the Silver Surfer. I don’t hold that last one against him. The script may have sucked but he killed it the role.
And so we have been waiting for Hellboy 3… Which, apparently, we won’t get. Lets pause for a minute to let the shock/disappointment wear off so we can move on.
Now that we have collected ourselves, lets talk about what we will be getting. Today on his Facebook page, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola announced this:
Lets break it down:
1. There will be another Hellboy movie (thats a given)
2. R-Rating… thanks Deadpool
3. Directed by Neil Marshall, most notably known for directing the Descent. Neil has also guest directed several episodes of popular shows Black Sails, Game of Thrones, Constantine, Hannibal, and Westworld. While its not the A list track record, all these projects certainly match the dark tone Hellboy is known for.
4. David Harbour as Hellboy. We know David from Netflix smash hit Stranger Things as Detective Jim Hopper. I know I know. He’s not Ron Perlman, but he does have that lovable asshole vibe and actually has the facial structure and body physicality to pull it off.
5. And more to come. We will keep an eye on this story as it develops.