The outline of the movie revolves a great deal around Ireland and Irish mythology: Nuada is the name of the first King of the mythological Tuatha De Danann people. The mythological Nuada bore the epithet "Silverhand" because, having lost his arm in battle, he wore a functioning silver arm. In the movie, Nuada's epithet is "Silverlance", and Nuada's father, Balor, has a mechanical arm.
David Hyde Pierce did the voice of Abe Sapien in Hellboy (2004), while Doug Jones played the physical part. For this movie, Jones also does the voice. The reason is because the producers hoped Pierce's name would make the first movie a box-office smash. But he refused to be credited, because he felt Abe Sapien was Jones' work, and as such, did no promotions nor interviews, nor even attended the premiere.
As the Angel of Death, Doug Jones could only see out of the crack across the mask he wore. Also, the mechanical wings he was wearing weighed about forty pounds. Doug was originally supposed to walk around the set, but when it was discovered that he could barely stand, they instead hung him from a wire. This is why The Angel of Death floats.
The motto carved over the door to the Troll's Market is "Unus Mundus", which literally translates as "One World", and refers to the idea that there is an underlying reality from which everything emerges and to which everything will return. The idea was popularized by Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung.
The Wink suit weighed one hundred thirty pounds. Additionally, Brian Steele, who portrayed Wink, wore ten-inch stilts (going from his towering 6'5" frame to 7'3") while in the Wink suit. He lost over twelve pounds through sweating during the shoot.
Revolution Studios was originally set to produce this sequel, but had to pull out once Sony decided they no longer wanted to fund Revolution Studios. Sony put the rights up for sale, since they felt Hellboy wasn't a profitable franchise for them. Universal felt differently, and bought the rights to make the sequel immediately.
This movie was originally intended to have a sequel to form a trilogy, as opposed to a duology. However, due to this movie's box-office thunder being taken away by the release of The Dark Knight (2008) on the second week of its premiere, this movie's attendance dropped. Despite the fact that this movie didn't make as much money as its predecessor, Guillermo del Toro expressed interest in directing the sequel, but had to put it on hold due to commitments to other movie projects. In 2012, Ron Perlman donned his Hellboy costume to meet a terminally ill boy as part of the Make-a-Wish foundation. This event inspired del Toro to do everything he could to get the sequel started. This led to a five-year development Hell, where no producer nor studio expressed interest in funding the proposed sequel. At one point, del Toro was going to publish the sequel as a comic instead of a movie, only to get vetoed by Hellboy's creator Mike Mignola. Inspired by the success of the green-lighting of Deadpool (2016), Ron Perlman tried to convince fans to start trending #HellboyIII on their Twitter accounts to help showcase that there is an audience for Hellboy. In 2017, del Toro did a similar thing on his Twitter account by posting a poll for his followers. If one hundred thousand votes were cast, del Toro would have a sit-down meeting with Ron Perlman and Mike Mignola on the development of the proposed sequel. After exactly 132,938 votes were cast, the sit-down meeting happened. After the meeting concluded, del Toro made the announcement that the sequel won't be happening, after having a conversation with Mike Mignola that, against all odds, the movie can never be made. Thus, this movie became a final chapter, as opposed to a middle chapter.
The movie mentions Bethmoora, a city in the fiction of the early twentieth-century visionary writer Lord Dunsany. Also note that the Golden Army is hidden in Ireland, Dunsany's homeland. The term "glamor" used for the fairies' cloaking skill also originates in Dunsany's "The King of Elfland's Daughter".
The special goggles they wear to see the troll market are described as being designed by Eugen Schüfftan, and using lenses and mirrors. This is an homage to the special effects pioneer, who used mirrors with silver strategically removed to place actors and actresses into miniatures or paintings.
As in Hellboy (2004), the Agents who accompany Hellboy are named for things found while digging in the Earth, albeit decidedly tougher than the first group: Marble, Flint, Steel (true, this is an alloy that is mostly iron, but Iron is not a common last name).
The number seven appears throughout the movie, most notably when it is stated that the Golden Army consists of "seventy times seventy", but also during the scene in the auction house, where the crown piece is listed as lot 777, with a starting price of seven million dollars, and when the team arrives at the auction house, Liz says, "Over seventy guests reported".
There are several shots in this movie showing a worn movie marquee advertising a movie called "See You Next n sday". The inclusion of the phrase "See you next Wednesday" is a trademark of director John Landis (he has incorporated it into nearly all of the movies and many of the music videos he has directed). Landis, in turn, took the line from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
The area where Hellboy and company walk around is not actually on the Giant's Causeway, although it can be seen far behind and below them. The area they are standing on is close to Mussenden Temple, the Temple being behind the camera for most of the shots. The Causeway is over ten miles from their position.
In both Hellboy movies' opening titles sequences, there is a brief shot of a spoof drawing of the "Vitruvian Man" by Leonardo Da Vinci. In this movie, it's of a Golden Army soldier. In Hellboy (2004), it's Hellboy.
FRANCHISE TRADEMARK: (51): There is the number "51" stenciled into the side of the compound, seen several times, since we find out in Hellboy (2004) that it's "Sector 51". It may also, in both movies, be a reference to Area 51.
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According to Ron Perlman, the unmade sequel of this movie was going to be about Hellboy becoming the Beast of the Apocalypse, as was foreshadowed in the first two movies. However, Hellboy comes to terms to meet with his destined fate by defending humanity, as opposed to wiping out all of mankind. Hellboy's twin kids were going to bear resemblance to Hellboy and Liz, respectively. One of the twins was going to be corrupted, while the other was going to be angelic.
Along with "Hellboy III", an Abe Sapien spin-off movie, titled "Hellboy: Silverlance", was also in the works before being scrapped indefinitely. Peter Briggs, the co-screenwriter of Hellboy (2004), was given the task back in 2010 to write the screenplay. The plot, as described by Briggs via his Facebook post, was going to be about Abe Sapien being transferred to the Colorado branch of the B.P.R.D. Abe, upon his arrival, was still troubled since the events of the climax of this movie, as he still had the psychic connection with the deceased Princess Nuala. To ease his pain, he decided to do research on the history of Nuala and her also deceased brother Nuada. A series of sequences that focused on Nuala and Nuada's travels across the world throughout the centuries would have commenced. Among these sequences, was going to be a backstory to Nuada's first meeting with Mr. Wink, and Kroenen from "Hellboy" was going to cross paths with Nuada during Nuada's visit to Nazi Germany. Doug Jones would have reprised his roles as Abe Sapien and the Angel of Death from this movie. Agent Myers was going to play a part in the movie, along with Hellboy making a cameo. Had this movie been a success, it would have spawned a cinematic universe titled "From The Files Of The B.P.R.D." After the announcement of the Hellboy re-adaptation (Hellboy (2019)) being green-lit, this spin-off movie, along with "Hellboy III", was put to rest.
Hellboy (Ron Perlman), upon challenging Prince Nuada (Luke Goss) in the Golden Army chamber, is called "not Royalty" by the Elf Prince. Princess Nuala (Anna Walton) immediately contradicts him by saying he has the right to challenge Nuada as he is "Son of the Fallen One". This could easily be a reference to the fallen angel known as Lucifer Morningstar, who was cast out of Heaven for inciting rebellion against his heavenly father, God Almighty. Since Hellboy is considered to be the Son of Satan (which is the name Lucifer took upon being cast into Hell to rule it for eternity), it could be said that Hellboy's grandfather is God.
As foreshadowed in Hellboy (2004) and this movie, Hellboy was supposed to become the Beast of the Apocalypse in the unmade third movie. However, the second sequel was never made due to several issues over the years. Ultimately, when the 2019 re-adaptation was conceived, this storyline was used.