In the Summer of 2008, comic fans got an answer to the question of who would win in a fight between Batman and Hellboy. The resounding answer was Batman, as the release of The Dark Knight buried the box office competition and went on to gross a record-breaking $1 billion worldwide. While the Hellboy sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, opened well the weekend before, with $35 million dollars (besting the original Hellboy's opening weekend take by $12 million), all eyes were on Batman and Hellboy II's legs were cut out from underneath it by a bonafide cultural event.

So, where does this leave Hellboy III? Most likely in the void of sequels that will never happen, despite Hellboy II's open-ended, sequel-ready ending. Newsarama got a few minutes with Hellboy creator, comic artist Mike Mignola who seemed iffy on the prospect of another Hellboy feature. The future of the film franchise is in Guillermo del Toro's hands, and with the director devoting the next couple of years to The Hobbitt, a return to Hellboy seems unlikely. Mignola doesn't shoot it down outright, but, realistically, it doesn't seem to be a priority for del Toro nor the studio, Universal.

For now, fans will have to get their Hellboy fix the old-fashioned way -- from the Dark Horse comics. Mignola is teaming with artist Richard Corben for Hellboy: Mexico. Mignola describes the comic as, "Hellboy in Mexico, teaming with three Mexican wrestlers, to fight vampires." He also fesses up the that series puts the character in the midst of his first major personal tragedy, "It's the origin of Hellboy's first really long drinking binge."
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