After it was confirmed that Guillermo del Toro would not be directing a third Hellboy movie, many fans were devastated that they wouldn't get to see Ron Perlman's pitch-perfect take on the titular character under a swath of red makeup and a trench coat. Perlman was the greatest thing in a pair of films that were full of great things like Doug Jones' slippery Abe Sapien costume (a cousin of the fish-man from The Shape of Water?), the eclectic creature designs, John freakin' Hurt, Seth MacFarlane's over-the-top German accent as Johann Krauss, and, of course, Selma Blair's Liz Sherman.
With pyrokinetic powers and a penchant for losing control, Liz is a valuable asset to the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense and a love interest of Hellboy (at least in the movies). In Hellboy II: The Golden Army, we learn she's pregnant with twins, but without a third installment to close out the trilogy, we'll never know what those kids would look like. More important, we'll never see Hellboy (real name: Anung Un Rama) fulfill his destiny of bringing about the end of the world with the Right Hand of Doom, which can free the Lovecraftian Ogdru Jahad from their cosmic prison.
Luckily, we won't have to say goodbye to this universe, as Stranger Things' David Harbour will be resurrecting the eponymous character with director Neil Marshall (Timeless, Hannibal). With the reboot only a year away, Selma Blair offered up her thoughts on the project and her disappointment at not getting a third Hellboy movie while speaking to Cinema Blend:
"God, you know, people are fans of Hellboy and also fans of Guillermo. So part of us, the ones that were so loyal to Guillermo, our hearts are broken that it didn't work out with the greatest third installment ever written that I wish I could play more than anything in the world," she said. "But I truly hope that Mike Mignola has his vision out there for the darker Hellboy come to light, and I'm sure he will, and David Harbour is excellent and everyone involved, but no, my heart is broken."
We're sure most fans feel this way, but what's done is done. The Hellboy comic series is so extensive that there's room enough for two versions of the paranormal superhero in this world. Now, if only we could get a Lobster Johnson movie ...