When Hellboy 2: The Golden Army came to a close in 2008, the film ended with something not typically associated with a happy ending: a smiling demon. The movie concludes with Ron Perlman’s wisecracking demon about to become a father when he finds out his girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair) is pregnant with twins. Although that was the last we saw of Hellboy, it has now been revealed that a potential sequel could focus heavily on those twins.
In an interview with Empire to discuss his recent performance in the Amazon series Hand of God, conversation with Ron Perlman inevitably turned to the Hellboy franchise. He opened up about where he and director Guillermo del Toro might take the franchise in a future installment, and how they would factor the aforementioned twins into the story. He said:
The Hellboy series has become known for its outlandish characters, such as the pensive Abe Sapien and the terrifying Karl Kroenen, so it’s safe to say that these twins would have been just as insane and amazing. Don’t get too excited just yet, though Perlman willingly opened up about the direction of a potential new Hellboy film, it does not mean it is going to happen. While both Hellboy films performed well – both with critics as well as at the box office – studios have been reluctant to provide del Toro with the money to give Hellboy a proper conclusion to his story.
The actor also spoke candidly about not having a "burning desire" to once again put on all of the makeup and prosthetics necessary to turn him into the titular demonic superhero. Still, rumors have abounded for quite some time about turning the series into a trilogy, with Perlman himself voicing support for the project as recently as this June. Perlman has been the mainstay of the franchise ever since the first Hellboy film hit theaters back in 2004. Despite his lauded turns in various other films and television programs, he has remained vocal about his love and support for the Hellboy franchise ever since then – although Hellboy was actually almost played by Nicholas Cage and Dwayne Johnson prior to his inevitable casting.
However, just because he supports the project does not necessarily mean he will come back in the starring role; Hellboy could always be recast with Perlman taking a back seat to help produce the film – although that would no doubt be much to the chagrin of longtime fans.
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.