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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hellboy Gets A Rated R Reboot!

While many fans were hoping and calling for a third installation of Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy, the director quickly squashed any hope of that happening when he tweeted this February of 2017: 

"Hellboy 3 Sorry to report: Spoke w all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen. And that is to be the final thing about it."

After first reading that, I admit that I was dismayed. I was one of the fans calling for a Hellboy 3 and was dismayed but I didn't stomp my feet about it.

I just thought if it wasn't happening it wasn't happening. Actually, a reboot never even crossed my mind.

That's how much of a fan I was of del Toro's take on Hellboy. I didn't even contemplate a reboot or the idea of it.

Actually, the character isn't just getting a reboot but supposedly a major reboot. It seems that Millennium is in negotiations with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin to relaunch the property into the rated R realm of films. 

It seems that Todd McFarlane isn't the only one who wants his property to go the horror route either. Director Neil Marshall has been reportedly attached to Hellboy's movie reset. 

If you're not aware, Marshall did write and direct the highly regarded horror flick The Descent. I'm not a big horror fan, but I do actually like that flick. 

According to one of the writers named Andrew Cosby, the script is finished and so far called Hellboy: Rise Of The Blood Queen.  He has said that it will be "darker" and "more gruesome" than the film's predecessor.

Creator Mike Mignola is apparently on board with this reboot and change of direction. I admit that Hellboy does have the potential to go that route seamlessly.

I mean, we are talking about a demon here that works for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense and vanquishes all sorts of things that go bump in the night. So, horror or simply going for a hard R is plausible for sure.

Whether it's needed is a different story. Fans of del Toro and Ron Perlman's Hellboy franchise aren't taking the news lightly, and deep down, I don't really blame them.

Of course, that's just one reaction, and I'm not going to go through the whole lot of 'em. I just kinda like that one the best.

I would've loved to have seen a 3rd Hellboy movie with Ron Perlman by Guillermo del Toro. I was hoping they would do another but I guess it didn't make enough money or somebody wasn't happy with what was being done in the original franchise.

So the trend seems to be go more violent and scarier. As mentioned before, Spawn is another 90s comic character wanting to head that way in films, and I keep laughing to myself when I hear news of the darker, horror route for the Spawn reboot. 

Was Spawn considered a horror comic? There are elements of it for sure but I still consider the comic part of the superhero genre for the most part.

Speaking of comics and I always do as you all already know, Hellboy has a few debuts that comic fans and collectors seemingly attribute to the character or are on the hunt for. I think the most well-known and valuable so far is Dime Press #4.

Dime Press #4 is basically a cover appearance of Hellboy, and some may argue that the character on that cover is still a prototype. Dime Press was an Italian fanzine in case you didn't know. 

Hellboy's actual first appearance in an actual comic story has been claimed by creator Mike Mignola himself as being in San Diego Comic Con Comics #2. It was a short story but this is definitely no prototype of Hellboy that is in that very comic. It is the famed comic character all ready to go and take comic fans by storm during the 90s.

San Diego Comic Con Comics #2 has an even lower estimated print run than Dime Press #4. Recalled Comics estimates it to be around 1,500 with a question mark. Dime Press #4 is estimated at around 2,000 and Recalled Comics also has a question mark behind that number.

Then there is Next Men #21, and it is now being noted as the "1st full color appearance of Hellboy". On that note, Next Men #21 and San Diego Comic Con Comics #2 are still undervalued compared to Dime Press #4.

With this reset and "more gruesome" approach, it begs the question as to how far or close to the actual source material are they going to go after pushing the reset button? Being a fan of both the comics and del Toro's Hellboy movies, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't remotely concerned.

Guillermo's Hellboy flicks definitely had great chemistry among its cast, and also a certain comedic charm and wit that was taken a bit from the comics. He's definitely a smart ass type of comic character, and that was captured in the films.

Will there be Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman? How will their characters be affected for this darker rendition?

Like Perlman, I thought Selma Blair was great though different in the role of Liz Sherman and had great chemistry with Perlman. Also, Doug Jones with the voice of David Hyde Pierce, who refused credit out of respect for Jones' performance, were amazing as Abe Sapien.

As blasphemous as this is, I actually liked Abe Sapien in the flicks better than in the comics. He is my favorite character in the movies but not in the comics. Sounds weird, I know.

Both Liz and Abe Sapien first debuted in Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #2. Seed of Destruction was Hellboy's first comic series. Actually, it was a limited series but still his debut comic series.

Seed of Destruction was actually written by John Byrne and Mike Mignola. The first film drew heavily from that debut four issue limited series which is still one of my favorite reads from the ole 90s.

As you can probably tell by now, I'm not overly excited by this recent news but not militantly against it either. Like FOX and Trank's wonderful visionary reboot of the Fantastic Four, I think I'll Netflix HB's "darker" and "more gruesome" reboot.

I'm glad that Hellboy isn't a dead movie property, but I admit that I am disappointed I won't be seeing a 3rd Hellboy that could've completed one of the better comic movie trilogies to date.  

Stranger Things star David Harbour has been reported to star as the new Hellboy. I do have to admit that it's really hard to picture anyone else besides Perlman as Hellboy, and I wish the guy luck as I do like the Stranger Things series on Netflix.

What do you guys 'n gals think about this move? Sound off in the comments section below.


  1. Sounds good, man! Allthough I' d rather see some new heroes go to screen than cookin' up the ole brew all the time. What about the Doom Patrol, Flex Mentallo, Flaming Carrot and so on. They are still waitin' for the first love. On screen, that is.


  2. Agree with you Mayhem. Loved the two Hellboy films by Del Toro. Rather would have liked a third movie with the same actors and director, but also glad its not a dead property either. I actually wouldn't mind a Goon film too. Would be kinda similar.
    Ace mentioned Doom Patrol. I could also see that as a possible film property.

  3. Hey Mayhem, wake up!

    The Gifted key issue list, pronto please! Trailer looks cool, but who are these kids???


    1. HEY ACE. Uncanny X-Men #317, Giant Size X-Men #1 and X-Men #49 and #50 based on the characters confirmed.

    2. Just look up the confirmed characters via the internet and it should tell you there 1st appearances and origin comics.

  4. I'm gonna write this without being as vulgar as I fully intended and wanted to be. My family is dealing with a medical ISSUE that IS NOT a small deal, especially when it concerns dealing with courts, financials as in banks, and having access to pay for this family member's bills and mortgage.

    I am fully awake and know that The Gifted trailer has dropped and even posted this to Google+ and Facebook page. As for key issues? The only two characters that are confirmed from the actual comics are Blink, Thunderbird, and Polaris.

    Are you seriously FREAKING out about The Gifted TV show and what speculation garbage may come from that show?

  5. Hey Mayhem,

    really sorry to hear that! Guess now is the time to kick myself in the head... Hope everything turns out well and you have the time and nerve to bring us all the comic news again. Times are so crazy right now... Each day a new project is confirmed for movie screen or tv. It' s hard to keep up an tell the good apple from the bad. Gonna send a prayer to your family tonight and hope everything will be allright.