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Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy franchise has become the quintessential comic book movie series for audiences who are less interested in traditional superhero adventures. The exploits of Ron Perlman's titular, demonic anti-hero have become legendary in the annals of comic book movie history, and fans of the cult classic franchise have clamored for a third installment for the better part of the last decade. Now the project seems more likely than ever, as it appears that del Toro has left it up to the fans to decide whether or not a third Hellboy movie will happen. Check out his tweet below.
Yes, you are most certainly reading that tweet correctly. Guillermo del Toro has taken to his Twitter account and left the decision of whether or not to explore the possibility of a third Hellboy movie up to the fans. The poll consists of two options: "yes" and "hell, yes." After a day of voting, "hell, yes" has emerged as the clear winner. As if there was ever any doubt; it's Hellboy for god's sake.
Guillermo del Toro made sure to temper his poll with a significant condition. The survey needed 100,000 votes for him actually to sit down with Ron Perlman and artist Mike Mignola and discuss the potential project.
Luckily for all of us, the fans have spoken. As of the publishing of this article, the poll has surged beyond 120,000 votes with time to spare, and the majority of those votes going towards the more passionate of the two options. Never underestimate the power of die-hard comic book fans; we can do some insane things when we make our voices heard.
It's not terribly surprising to see del Toro make a more concerted effort towards getting Hellboy 3 made right now. We have entered an age in which fans of major franchises have a tendency to get what they want. Look no further than the fact that Hugh Jackman's final adventure at Wolverine is an adaptation of Old Man Logan for evidence of that idea. Pop culture has become increasingly democratized as social media and communication technology have become more widely available to members of the public, and as such a guy like Guillermo del Toro finally can gauge audience enthusiasm for a long-awaited Hellboy sequel. Now, someone put Ron Perlman in the make-up chair as soon as possible!
We will bring you any and all relevant details related to the possible third installment in the Hellboy franchise. Guillermo del Toro has reached the number of votes that he promised in his tweet, so we will keep our fingers crossed that he will make this happen sooner rather than later.