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Will Guillermo del Toro ever get to direct Justice League Dark? Who knows. He’s finishing up an October 2015 release in Crimson Peak, and then moves into 2017′s Pacific Rim 2. After that his schedule is hypothetically open. At Comic-Con, Legendary chairman Thomas Tull teased the filmmaker about possibly letting him make passion projects Into the Mountains of Madness or Hellboy 3 in the future. That leaves Justice League Dark as one of multiple films he either doesn’t make until the next decade or leaves to someone else.

Still, exploration of that dark DC Comics universe will start this fall in the NBC show Constantine. In a new interview del Toro said that while Warner Bros. has given him full freedom when writing the film, he would be open to tying the show into the movie, or maybe even casting Matt Ryan, if the opportunity presented itself. Read about the potential Justice League Dark Constantine crossover below. Read More »

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Constantine pilot review

John Constantine is a tough character to put on screen, and the Constantine pilot constantly struggles with finding its take on the character. Matt Ryan plays the Brit magician, whose business card bills him as a “master of the dark arts,” in a way that demonstrates a clear idea of the character as a damaged but still cocky guy. That’s well and good, and a pretty direct import of the character as often seen in comics.

But the show around Ryan isn’t always so sure of itself. In fact, this pilot is frequently a bit of a mess, and even verges into incoherence. There are some logistical reasons for that latter point, but that doesn’t change the fact that multiple points of this pilot are muddled and unclear. Anyone looking for a more faithful version of the character than seen in the 2005 film will have to wait for the show to really find itself, and I’m not certain new viewers will fare much better. Read More »

Constantine no smoking

John Constantine is sad; all he wants is a smoke. The rain, however, is not preventing him from lighting up. Restraint comes from the standards & practices department at NBC, which is more powerful than any nicotine patch when it comes to killing off a nicotine habit.

The character, a DC Comics mainstay since his creation by Alan Moore in the mid-’80s, is coming to television via David Goyer and NBC. And despite the fact that Constantine is a serious smoker (such a dedicated smoker, in fact, that lung cancer became a major plot point in his overall story) the network has said “no smoking” to the producers of Constantine. Maybe he can vape?

After the break, pilot director Neil Marshall explains some of the no smoking reasoning. (Note: possible gross spoilers for Hannibal are below, in the form of thumbnail images.) Read More »

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Constantine easter egg

There’s a new trailer for the NBC series Constantine, and it has a nice surprise for long-time comics readers. The show features Matt Ryan as the lead character, the rakish magician and occasional protector of the innocent John Constantine. This second trailer uses some of the same footage as the first, and adds a few new shots of magic and the supernatural. But one particular shot should catch the eye of anyone with more than a passing knowledge of DC’s characters. Catch the Constantine easter egg below. Read More »

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Want to see images from The Avengers exhibit currently in Times Square? Did X-Men: Days of Future Past break a record this weekend? What did Stan Lee say about Edgar Wright and Ant-Man? Where was the costume designer for Batman v Superman seen recently? How far into filming Avengers: Age of Ultron is Joss Whedon? When is Constantine going to air? Which iconic comic book vehicle could be getting the ultimate Lego treatment? Read about all that and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

constantine premiere date

The new Constantine show, featuring DC’s grim and sometimes grounded British magician John Constantine, has been the subject of much discussion since it was first announced. David Goyer is spearheading the show, which features Matt Ryan as the lead character. The trailer turned a lot of heads, and public perception of the show took a new turn. Could it be good? It looks like it goes all out with magical elements, at least, but we didn’t have a Constantine premiere date.

Now it seems like the show’s broadcast home, NBC, is treating it like something fit for the Halloween season. The show won’t premiere along with NBC’s other stuff right at the beginning of the fall season, but will be held back for a few weeks. Read More »

Fall 2014 tv trailers

Update: USA Network has released trailers for Rush, Complications and Satisfaction, those three trailers have been added after the jump.

This time of year, the major television networks make a bunch of big presentations in New York City showcasing their new and returning television shows — this is called “upfronts.” FOX, ABC, NBC, TNT and TBS have held their presentations and have uploaded trailers for their new television series online for all of you to get a sneak preview. After the jump you can watch 25 28 trailers for television shows set to hit the airs in Fall 2014 and beyond (2015) alongside official plot synopsis, including filmmaker, producer and cast details. Hit the jump and watch some of the Fall 2014 tv trailers and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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