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 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 »
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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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.