Comic Strip: Ron Perlman Is Still Talking About ‘Hellboy 3’
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Ron Perlman tries to will Hellboy 3 into existence, Avengers: Age of Ultron releases a few more featurettes, and The Rock taunts Superman.
Ron Perlman Is Still Doing God’s Work and Championing Hellboy 3
It is in the semi-professional opinion of this column that Hellboy 3 will never happen. The previous films, while well liked, didn’t exactly light the box office on fire and director Guillermo del Toro is busy planning a couple dozen other movies. Yet series star Ron Perlman refuses to let this one go. He’s taken to the internet several times now to rally fans and preach the gospel of a final chapter for everyone’s favorite pancake-loving, evil-punching demon, adding a little more fuel to the fire each time. Now he’s gone and spoken with Empire. It’s not so much that he wants to play Hellboy again – he needs to play him again:
I really feel as though I’m done with the character. I don’t have a burning desire to put that sh*t on again. But Guillermo told me what the resolve of the trilogy would look like, in broad strokes, and it’s such an amazingly theatrical, cinematic idea, that I found it essential that we do it. We were designed to be a trilogy, with a beginning, a middle and an end. We’ve only done two-thirds, so I feel that we’re not really done until we finish it.
But this is where things get interesting. When asked about the actual plot of a potential third movie, Perlman opened up. They would finally pay off the B-story that was threaded throughout the first two movies and have Hellboy directly confront his dark destiny:
Holy sh*t, he’s the beast of the Apocalypse. He has to take down civilization. He has to. It’s non-negotiable. That’s the foundation for the story, and that’s why I think it would be a shame if we don’t do it.
And since Hellboy II: The Golden Army concluded with Hellboy’s girlfriend Liz expecting twins, part three would bring the kids into the mix. And yes, del Toro has a fun angle for the two children of a powerful demon and his human partner:
I’ll tell you this. The two twins: one would look like the mum and one would look like the dad. And one of them was going to be completely f*cking corrupt, the other one angelic. Which one was which? Only Guillermo would make the f*cked-up-looking one be the angel. So then that adds to the saga.
You’re preaching to the choir, Mr. Perlman. We’re on board. Now please go preach to people who can actually get this thing made.
Kill Some Time With These Featurettes
Marvel Studios has continued rolling out featurettes to tease the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Like a lot of Marvel special features, they’re incredibly entertaining but entirely too short. After all, we’d gladly spend 10-15 minutes delving into the logistical nightmare that must have been filming the South Korean motorcycle chase, but we need to settle for about a minute:
We’d also love to see more about the Vision, but we’ll take what we can get. But listen up, Marvel – we’d pay good money for a feature length look at just how uncomfortable Paul Bettany must have been on set every single day.
But enough featurettes about things you like. How about a featurette about the new season of Gotham, which is somehow still a thing? You didn’t ask for it, but here it is:
Here’s the latest clip from the (non-MCU canon) Guardians of the Galaxy animated series.
It looks like Tom Holland used to play Spider-Man back in the day. Emphasis on “play.” Prepare yourself for an “awwww.”