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 »
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The title reveals that Batman and Superman are going to fight in their upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But with two heroes like that in the same movie, they film is gonna need some bad guys, too. We already know about the powerful Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) but if Zack Snyder and David Goyer are bringing in additional members of the Justice League (Cyborg, Aquaman, Wonder Woman) you’d think there might be some other villains, right?
According to Latino Review, that’s exactly the case. They reveal three new villains — smaller, but important ones — will be in Zack Snyder’s 2016 sequel. We’ll reveal their identities after the jump. Read More »
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 »
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 »
Here’s the first trailer for NBC’s new incarnation of DC’s magician John Constantine, and it looks… pretty good! Scoring Neil Marshall (The Descent, various Game of Thrones episodes) to direct the pilot was a good move, and Matt Ryan looks properly selfish and capable as Constantine. See, while the Keanu Reeves movie directed by Francis Lawrence has its charm, and captured great facets of the DC character, it was still a pretty far cry from the stories that made Hellblazer a must-read series, once upon a time. Will this show do better? Tough to tell at this point, but it definitely gets a few points in its favor. Check out the Constantine TV trailer below. Read More »
Producer James Cameron has been trying for years to get a Fantastic Voyage remake off the ground, to little avail. The last time we even heard about the project was in 2011, when Shawn Levy was still attached to direct. But now it’s getting new life with some help from David Goyer.
The Man of Steel writer has been tapped to write the treatment for the sci-fi adventure, as well as executive produce. Hit the jump for all the latest updates on Fantastic Voyage.
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We’ve heard some description of how Man of Steel came to be, thanks to the efforts of David Goyer, Zack Snyder, and Christopher Nolan. Now the screenwriter himself gives an account of the genesis of the new Superman.
In a screenwriting lecture organized by BAFTA, David Goyer gives a wide-ranging account of his entire career. Regardless of your thoughts about Goyer, it’s an interesting half-hour talk. He talks about Man of Steel a few times, including explaining the approach to the “Superman doesn’t kill” maxim. Towards the end, Goyer talks specifically about how the original Man of Steel idea came to be. It’s a minor enough event — rooted in common problems that face every writer — that it’s worth checking out. Read More »
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While the reports of new indie comics being developed as feature films seem to have slowed a bit, two not-quite-indie titles are being set for the big screen. Vertigo and Epic Comics are (or were, in Epic’s case) the arms of DC and Marvel Comics that blur the lines between indie and major publishers. One of each of their titles have recently gone into development. Vertigo’s Federal Bureau of Physics has a new push from producer David Goyer at Warner Bros., while Epic’s first major title, Dreadstar, is being developed by Benderspink and Illuminati Entertainment. Read More »