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Ron Perlman was offered last year’s Hellboy but is still hoping for a Del Toro return

June 29th, 2020 by Marc Comments

So, let’s put our cards on the table here, ok? I didn’t hate last year’s Hellboy reboot, Ok?

Sure, it wasn’t a touch on the Guillermo Del Toro movies and David Harbour, while being pretty damned good in the roll, was not Ron Perlman BUT I watched it one rainy weekday when I was feeling pretty unwell and, well, I enjoyed it.

But, I still really wished we got closure to the story that was left unresolved by Del Toro and Perlman.

And it seems I’m not the only one.

“There’s always a little ember, that lives deep within me, that says maybe one day Guillermo will wake up and go, ‘You know what? F-ck, we need to finish this trilogy,'” Perlman has revealed while talking about the franchise.

“But, that’s where we were, one film away from finishing,” he adds.

“But then, every time I see how busy he [DelToror] is and what he’s engaging himself in, it doesn’t seem like it’s realistic. It doesn’t seem like it’s ever going to happen, but that doesn’t prevent me from living in hope.”

Interestingly, Perlman also revealed that, yes, he was approached to play Big Red in last year’s movie but, out of respect to Del Toro, he declined.

Does this mean it was originally NOT planned as a reboot? Would it have finished up the story left open since Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008? Who knows…

At the time the Harbour reboot was announced creator Mike Mignola said that he believed a third Del Toro and Perlman movie would never happen: “A reboot made sense when you realized you weren’t gonna be doing it with del Toro and you weren’t gonna be doing it with [del Toro–era Hellboy actor] Ron [Perlman]. I think everybody’s feeling was, if we’re gonna start with a different director, are we gonna saddle the director with continuing the story line that del Toro started?”

Anyway, Perlman continues to talk about said reboot and his feelings about it: “I spent enough time immersing myself in the world of Hellboy that it was something I had no curiosity for.”

So no, he hasn’t watched it.

It’s heartbreaking to think that Del Toro and Perlman’s take – two of the best in comic book movies – will likely never be wrapped, but we do live in the age of the returning aged heroes, so never say never, huh?

Let me know that you think, gang… would you like to see Perlman back or did you really enjoy the most recent movie directed by Neil Marshal? I want to know, folks.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….