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Hellboy: Blood & Iron Trailer

One comic book to film adaptation that hasn’t received much of a show in here on EOL is the Hellboy franchise. Well, I guess it’s time to reconcile that, given that production on the sequel to the 2004 flick, which introduced the big red guy to movie going audiences, is getting close to starting.

To be completely honest, I wasn’t all that impressed with the original film on my first viewing, but when there was some discussion about doing a “two idiots…” style review of it I sat down and watched it again. Surprisingly I really enjoyed the film on the second go around.

I’m not overly familiar with the comic history of Hellboy, or his character so I’m not aware of (and therefore not bothered by) inconsistencies which would normally see me spitting venom at an adaptation like this. Sure, the character development was a little thin and the pace of the film was all over the place. However the movie didn’t take itself too seriously and, for me, Hellboy was good fun.

For the sequel, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, it appears that they are following the official EOL guidelines of ‘how not to make a sequel suck’ and have reunited most of the cast from the original. Of course Guillermo del Toro is directing again and shares a writers credit with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, who you may also know from his recent work on The Amazing Screw-On Head.

Like most things that get posted here, there’s a connection between the HellBoy movies and The Silver Surfer and this time it’s the fact that the actor, known for donning masses of rubber and what not, Doug Jones, plays both Abe Sapien in Hellboy and has just finished filming his role as the Surfer for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie… which, lets face it, should really be named The Silver Surfer, The Fantasic Jessica Alba and Three Other Guys.

Anyway, Hellboy 2 isn’t set for release until 2008, but here’s the trailer for the animated project which is in the works at the moment. What’s neat is that, because it appears that everyone involved in the movies is involved in this it should stay pretty well connected with the films and (of course) Mike Mignola’s comics. [source]

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