A Not-So-Evil Genius

If you're like me, then you are actually a comic book-obsessed little boy trapped inside the body of a 28-year-old woman. Indeed, I went to see The Dark Knight at 4 a.m. the night it opened because the midnight show was sold out. And I've studied the different villains of Superman ("Kneel before Zod!") to better understand their emotional complexity. Turns out they're more like anti-heroes than pure evil.

Which brings me to Hellboy, Mike Mignola's Great Beast who was later adapted to the silver screen by Guillermo del Toro. Though he looks like a traditional demon (red skin, horns, tail, the works), he's actually the good guy who works with a government agency called Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense to fight occult forces and keep the world a stable place.

The just-released 3-disc special edition of the second installment of the Hellboy franchise (dubbed The Golden Army) is a comic book nerd's dream (a.k.a I'm going to spend a good chunk of my weekend watching it). What separates this DVD from the single disc is the bonus content, of course, starting with a Director's Notebook, which consists of in-depth commentary, image scans, and text from Guillermo del Toro's very own sketchbook (which he carries everywhere, btw). There's also a DVD Rom of the movie's script.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to pre-order my copy of The Dark Knight nice and early! To quote The Joker: "What doesn't kill us makes us stranger..."