It's been nearly a decade since Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and fans everywhere have been holding out hope for another flick from director Guilermo del Toro and star Ron Perlman ever since. It seems neither of them can ever do an interview or a panel or an AMA without the subject coming up, and even Hellboy creator Mike Mignola still gets hounded whenever he pops up to promote a new comic.
And yet, still no third flick.
It hasn't been for lack of trying, though. Del Toro and Perlman have both frequently assured fans that they're game for it if a studio will back it. Both have actively campaigned to drum up demand for the flick, and Del Toro's even used San Diego Comic-Con crowds to bolster the effort. Even as years passed, plenty of fans (myself included) hoped that the continued emergence of superheroes as a blockbuster force unto themselves would merit a chance to revisit the series.
Alas, it was not to be.
Del Toro announced via Twitter on Tuesday that, after a recent re-evauation, he can definitively state that Hellboy 3 will not happen.
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So that's it. After years of hoping, we're done with that particular version of the Hellboy universe, and Del Toro and Perlman will move on. This doesn't mean we'll never see a reboot on the big screen, but Perlman was perfect casting, and del Toro's talent for blending horror, action and comedy made those flicks shine.
So, Hellboy 3 goes on the pile of Intriguing Superhero Films That Never Happened, right next to George Miller's Justice League and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4.