Mike Mignola on Handing Over "The Keys" to His Characters to Guillermo Del Toro and Hellboy 3
04.20.10 by BJSprecher
Mike Mignola may not be a name known to many movie fans, but it is a name revered by comic book fans. As an artist on such seminal works as DC's Cosmic Odyssey and Marvel's Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure, and as the creator of Hellboy, Lobster Johnson and the B.P.R.D. for Dark Horse Comics, Mignola has firmly established himself as one of the living legends of the medium. At the recent Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Mignola spoke with MTV about handing over "the keys" to his beloved characters to director Guillermo del Toro, how Hellboy II: The Golden Army was different than Hellboy, and what we might expect to see in Hellboy 3.
Mignola told MTV that allowing Del Toro to take his characters and run with them is still "complicated" for him "emotionally."
It's very easy to say, 'Go do whatever you want, I've done it my way, you do it yours,' but there are days when it's frustrating—because you've handed over the keys to this other guy and you can't take them back.
He went on to say that the characters were less true to their comic book origins in Golden Army than they were in the first movie, but that attempting to interfere with Del Toro's vision "would be doing the film a disservice."
Fortunately, Del Toro and I are friends and colleagues, and he listens to me—but when we went into the second movie, it became very clear to me that he had taken ownership of these characters. So the second film, to me, is much more of a Del Toro picture, as it should be. He made these little changes with the characters in the first film, so the second film, rather than referencing the comic, was a sequel to the first film and dealt with those changes he made to the Hellboy universe.
Mignola said that Del Toro always planned on the Hellboy movies being a trilogy and that they've discussed plot ideas for Hellboy 3.
We've talked about it, but we talked about it when we were on the first film, and then on the second film, too. It's just waiting for him to say he wants to make it.
The only thing I would be very careful about is that I don't want to tell him how I'm ending the [comic book] series, because I don't want him to do it before I get to it.
Mignola also revealed one of the fan-favorite characters that almost appeared in Hellboy 2 and could pop up in Hellboy 3.
Lobster Johnson was mentioned as one of the 200 different things he wants to put in Hellboy 3. Actually, there was a day when the discussion involved putting Lobster Johnson into the second Hellboy picture, because the Johann Krauss character turned out to be more expensive to do than anticipated.