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If you thought this TV season had a lot of comic book shows just wait until next season. Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will (possibly) still be around, plus we’ll get Fox’s Gotham, the CW’s Flash and NBC’s Constantine. Of the three new additions, the latter is certainly the most mysterious. John Constantine is part of the “dark” DC universe from which Guillermo del Toro is developing a movie, but this show was created by Man of Steel writer David Goyer. NBC has released the first full look at actor Matt Ryan as Constantine, and you can see the full body look below.

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Matt Ryan Takes Lead Role in ‘Constantine’

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Briefly: We have our new John Constantine — the NBC show that will bring DC’s demon-busting Englishman to life will feature Matt Ryan in the lead role. Ryan is probably best known at this point for a stint on a Criminal Minds spinoff, though he was also in the Sundance film Flypaper, and had a small role in Layer Cake. (Or, for the gamers, the Welsh actor recently voiced Edward Kenway in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.)

Deadline has the casting info, and gives us a description of John Constantine: ”a working-class Londoner with rakish good looks, scruffy blond hair, deadpan humor, and signature trench coat, who has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager.” For those who are sticklers for appearances, the key detail there will be “blond,” so don’t be too concerned about the image above. As to how well Ryan will embody the role… well, we’ll have to wait and see.

The basic story of the Constantine pilot will be “when the daughter of a late friend is targeted by demons, Constantine steps in to save her.” Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) wrote the pilot, based on a story written with David Goyer. Neil Marshall is directing the pilot.

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Marvel may be running circles around DC in the big-screen franchise department, but the latter is doing quite well for itself on the small screen. One of several DC-based shows in the works right now is Constantine, and it’s moving quickly. The drama got a pilot order from NBC earlier this month, and has now picked up Neil Marshall (The Descent) to helm. More details after the jump.

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A lot is happening with DC and TV today. Fox ordered Gotham, and NBC has announced a pilot order for Constantine. We don’t know who’ll play DC’s blond British magician John Constantine, who often cares more about himself than anyone else, and battles dark magic in the DC Universe as friends and foes alike fall around him. We do know that David Goyer pitched the series and will be exec producer, and Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist, Dexter) is scripting with Goyer. Read More »

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Whether you want to read Keanu Reeves‘ regrets about the (non-existent) Constantine sequel, Robert Englund‘s hopes for a (theoretical) Elm Street prequel, or Alfonso Cuaron‘s thoughts on the Harry Potter spinoff, there’s a little something for everyone here. Also after the jump:

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David Goyer Bringing DC’s ‘Constantine’ to NBC

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Looks like David Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman Vs. Superman) is getting his hands on John Constantine before Guillermo del Toro can work him into the proposed “Justice League Dark” movie. Goyer is working with The Mentalist exec producer Daniel Cerone to create a show for NBC in which DC’s most devious, mean-eyed, magic-using Englishman will come to life.

To boil him down to basics, Constantine is a selfish guy who wrestles with his own nature as he fights the forces of darkness; his friends have an unpleasant tendency to end up dead in the process. Read More »

VOTD: A Tribute to DC Comics Movie Adaptations

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Marvel seems to be getting all the attention as of late, but what about the DC Comics film adaptations? Where’s the love?! With the recent buzz ramping up for the now-in-production big screen adaptation of Green Lantern, I thought this video might be in order. Videoprototype has created a eight and a half minute video tribute to the movies which have been produced from DC Comics/Vertigo Comics, which includes everything from V for Vendetta to Catwoman, Watchmen to Constantine and Superman Returns to The Dark Knight.

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“Is that a sequel?”

Constantine is a prime example of an R-rated comic book movie that almost nailed it but stumbled into an abyss of mediocrity. Like Hellboy, which wasn’t too great either but had an equally killer premise lingering in the dark side, Constantine could actually benefit from a sequel. Unlike Hellboy, which has a very cool-looking sequel at bat this summer (speaking of which, it’s rather quiet, no?), Constantines title star Keanu Reeves says a once rumored second installment to the Hellblazer Vertigo comics series, Constantine 2, isn’t going to happen. The original film’s director, Francis Lawrence, has been pretty vocal about his desire to do a sequel since its release in 2005, and you may recall that Lawrence just had a megaton hit on his hands with I Am Legend.

Reeves, who is currently talking up his December 2009 sci-fi remake epic The Day the Earth Stood Still, went on to tell IESB that he sees no sequels in his future. So, not only can you ixnay an ideal Bill & Ted’s reunion, but those hoping for a cameo by a certain agent Johnny Utah in Peter Iliff’s Point Break 2 (which is presumably still on for 2009 in lieu of Patrick Swayze’s cancer diagnosis), should take a deep, enjoyable sniff off some Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax and get real. As always, Slashfilm will keep you updated as the World of Keanu spins round and round.

Discuss: Constantine 2, was there something there? Point Break 2 without Keanu? Worth a watch? Would you watch Bill’s Journey?

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