– by David Kozlowski

Guillermo Del Toro’s two Hellboy films arrived at an interesting time in the superhero movie continuum. Hellboy debuted in 2004, based on Mike Mignola’s long-running Dark Horse comics character; Two years after Raimi’s Spider-Man, a year before Nolan’s Batman Begins, and amidst a glut of… a whole buncha crap (Ang Lee’s Hulk, Catwoman, Blade:Trinity, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen… Ugh, I’ll stop there, it only gets worse).

Del Toro’s films faithfully captured the spirit of the character’s universe and Ron Perlman unquestionably nailed the role. And yet, neither movie quite breached the soul of Mignola’s creation or fully exploited its potential. Fans of Mignola’s work will tell you that there’s a ton of unexplored material in the dozens of Hellboy graphic novels and spin-offs (Kriegsaffen, Herman Von Klempt, Lobster Johnson).

Yesterday’s Hellboy reboot announcement was greeted with trepidation, and more than a little frustration; it’s been well-reported that Del Toro and Perlman sought to make a third film for nearly a decade, to no avail. However, David Harbour’s (Stranger Things) casting as Hellboy and a potential R-rating has been positively received by many fans and media alike.

Today, THR relates that the relaunch has a new working title of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, based upon a script by Mignola, Andrew Cosby, and Christopher Golden — all of whom are accomplished writers and revered comic book men. Director Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent) is updating the script with Aron Coleite (Heroes, Star Trek: Discovery).

Based solely upon the title, this story is not based directly on an existing Mignola work. Mignola is well-known for his love of folklore, so this could be a new invention of a reinterpretation of an existing tale. A quick Google search doesn’t really pinpoint anything obvious for “Blood Queen,” but the popular urban legend of Bloody Mary — she appears in a mirror if you say her name three times —  who can reveal the future or just rip out your eyes (depending on the version), which seems a fitting possibility for Hellboy.

What are some of the Mignola-inspired monsters and storylines you want to see in the new Hellboy movie? Let us know in the comments down below!

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David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.