It was with a lot of regret that fans got the news last week that Guillermo del Toro‘s vision for Justice League Dark would not be realized. A super-team made up of DC Comics‘ premier supernatural heroes seemed too inside del Toro’s wheelhouse for it not to happen, but sometimes these things are not meant to be, unlike Pacific Rim 2, which is currently in development and will be released in 2017 in theaters everywhere. Meanwhile, fans eagerly await the news that will assure even the remotest chance that Hellboy 3 might become a reality. But would it surprise you to know that these three projects are all connected in way beyond del Toro’s involvement? In fact, it’s the very epitome of the term “show business.”
While talking to The Daily Beast, del Toro discussed the fate of JL Dark saying that, surprisingly, it wasn’t because of the studio’s lack of interest going forward, but rather it was because of their eagerness that it couldn’t go forward. “Warners liked the script, they were very enthusiastic and wanted to green-light it but they wanted it to coincide with the shoot of Pacific Rim 2,” del Toro said. “I was put in a very difficult place facing a difficult choice, and I chose to do Pacific Rim 2.”
Some fans may think that del Toro chose poorly by embrace Pac Rim 2 and giving up JL Dark, but del Toro has more of a personal stake in the material of Pacific Rim so its unsurprising that that’s where he’d want to put his energies. Besides, del Toro already has another comic book franchise under his belt, and he’s itching to do a part three if the financial conditions are right. Remember Hellboy 3?
“The hard fact is that the movie’s going to need about $120 million and there’s nobody knocking down our doors to give it to us,” del Toro explained. “It’s a little beyond Kickstarter. […] It would be great to complete the trilogy. But in a way I don’t see the world—the industry—supporting that idea”
Never say never though, no one was in a rush to fund Hellboy II: The Golden Army until del Toro had a critical and financial success in Pan’s Labyrinth. So basically, if Pac Rim 2 makes a lot of bank, it’s at least possible that del Toro might be given that nine-figure check to make Hellboy 3, but there is another caveat.
“But you know, [Hellboy star] Ron [Perlman] is no spring chicken, so we’d better get to it before Hellboy has to do everything from a Barcalounger,” del Toro joked. “I would watch that,” he added.
Come to think of it, I would too. Del Toro’s next film Crimson Peak comes out this October; Pacific Rim 2 will be in theaters everywhere summer 2017.
Source: Comic Book Resources