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In our interviews with Tad Stones, he’s alluded to future Hellboy Animated projects waiting in the wings. Tad posted on his blog site a wee bit of information on the third film called The Phantom Claw. WOOT! How awesome of a title is that?

The Phantom Claw will be an original Hellboy movie that has its roots in the comics, expands on several themes.

When it came time to talk seriously about the third movie, three elements resurfaced: Lobster Johnson, Hellboy’s origin, and classic Universal Monster movies. If Sword of Storms was the folklore side of Hellboy, Blood and Iron the vampire/Hammer Films side then The Phantom Claw is the mad scientist/weird technology aspect of Hellboy stories. This film will be completely different than the first two.

Finally, a few general notes then I have to get back to the script. Abe and Liz are not along on this adventure. Professor Broom only sends Hellboy and Kate Corrigan to investigate the castle where Hellboy was summoned to Earth. No one has been back there since the War, kept out by a secret society working behind the scenes. (Yes, the animated version has a different origin locale than the feature which is different from the comic). Lobster Johnson will appear in various forms but the movie is not about him. The closest comic to his role is Conqueror Worm and a variation of the scene that you see above will be in the movie. There will be glimpses of Ilsa, Leopold and Kronen in the flashbacks to Hellboy’s origin but they’ll be closest to their comic counterparts. Rasputin is the major villain although we’ll introduce another who Mike is so excited about that he’s threatened to design the guy himself. Cool.

Cool indeed Tad! Can’t wait to see it!

via Hellboy Animated (link)

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