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Comic Con is a very special place for nerds. The convention, which hits tons of major cities throughout the country, is a celebration of nerd culture; a place where diehard fans of TV, movies, and Comic Books can let their freak flag fly. In addition to providing a safe place for cosplayers everywhere, Comic Con is also a place where filmmakers and actors can debut new footage/news. And while most of these announcements are exciting and happy, there is the occasional bad news. Case in point: Ron Perlman and the future of the Hellboy franchise.
Ron Perlman recently sat down for a roundtable interview with Screen Rant to publicize his upcoming collaboration with Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro- the animated movie Trollhunters. Eventually the conversation turned to Hellboy 3, where Perlman gave a concrete answer as to the status of the long awaited sequel:
We don't talk about that anymore. Because he's busy, and I'm busy. Maybe one day he's going to call and say, 'Hey, let's do it.' But for right now? We're happy discovering new worlds to conquer.
Well, that sucks. It looks like we can finally give up hopes of Hellboy 3 coming to theaters, at least for the foreseeable future.
Hellboy is a tragic hero that originated in comic books of the same name. Rather than a super powered human, Hellboy is an actual demon who fights for the forces of good. He looks like a typical representation of the devil, except on steroids- with red skin, a tail, horns, and hooves.
While comic book fans have been privy to Hellboy's adventure for many years, mainstream audiences were first introduced to the character through Guillermo del Torro's 2004 movie of the same name. Reviews were generally positive for the action/adventure film, and it did well in the box office, spawning a sequel- Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The 2008 sequel has similar success, leading many to wonder why the franchise didn't continue to grow in the following years.
Talk of a third Hellboy movie has been happening for years, and only increased recently due to the flurry of long-awaited sequels and reboots that have hit the silver screen. Additionally, Ron Perlman teased us on Twitter that he was hoping for a new addition to the franchise, so news that there is little to no hope may be shocking for some of the hardcore fans the franchise has accrued.
It should be interesting to see which superhero universe manages to snatch Ron Perlman now that he's up for grabs. I wouldn't be surprised if his name was in the mix for the role of Cable in Deadpool 2. And with both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe expanding non-stop over the next few years, he could very well show up in another comic book property in the near future.