Amid the flurry of new superhero TV series in development, NBC’s Constantine never quite caught on the way DC’s A-List CW stars or even Marvel’s minimalist approach did. Now, a report has surfaced suggesting NBC might formally have pulled the plug on Constantine, leaving the demon-fighting detective without a home (for now).
This Friday will see NBC airing the last of its initial 13-episode ‘Constantine’ order, certainly a worrying notion for those concerned by the network’s recent exclusion of the DC drama among multiple renewals. There may yet be hope for ‘Constantine’ however, as NBC is reportedly considering moving a second season to Syfy, and allowing a bit more creative freedom.
As somebody regrettably reminded NBC they’d announced ‘Heroes Reborn’ back in 2014, the rebirth of the once-mighty superhero drama continues powering up for its summer premiere. Enter the first trailer-teaser aired during the Super Bowl, as HRG takes on his most fearsome enemy yet: Chuck Bartowski!
The main character of this show, the one who goes by John Constantine, is an impostor. I know John Constantine, sir, and you are no John Constantine.
The producers of NBC's new series Constantine were very chatty at the Television Critics Association meeting this weekend about the series, on topics ranging from lead actress Lucy Griffith's departure from the series to whether the show will explore the magical corners of the DC Universe.
Blastr reported that Executive Producer David S. Goyer says that there's the distinct possibility that lots of DC's occult characters will show up on the show, while Variety quoted him as saying the show won't explore Constantine's bisexuality any time soon. Below are some highlights from the different reports.
Well, I've got good news and bad news.
I'll start with the bad: The new trailer for NBC's new Constantine TV series confirms that the pronunciation of the lead character's name will be the movie version (Kon-stan-teen) instead of the comics version (Kon-stan-tyne). Now the good news: It looks like Dr. Fate is going to be in it somehow, which means this is going to be a full-on DC Comics TV show.
To paraphrase the immortal Xzibit, "Yo dawg, we heard you like DC Comics, so we put DC Comics in your TV so you can watch comics while you read comics."
Two different networks announced today that they're picking up three different shows based on DC and Vertigo properties: Constantine on NBC, iZombie and The Flash on The CW. With Arrow headed into its third season at The CW and Gotham already in production at Fox, this fall will be filled with hour-long dramas based on DC Comics. Industry scuttlebutt is that DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns is the primary force behind getting these shows this far, making today a pretty good day for the longtime superhero writer.
Now that NBC's Constantine series has its title character in place in the form of Criminal Minds' Matt Ryan, it's filling out the rest of the cast with a few actors who have appeared in shows that share Constantine's occult, macabre, and supernatural overtones.
Charles Halford, who True Detective fans know as the memorable Reggie Ledoux, will play John Constantine's old friend and confidant Chas. Also joining the cast are Lost's Harold Perrineau, who will play an angel named Manny tasked with overseeing Constantine's actions, and True Blood's Lucy Griffiths, who will portray the female lead, Liv (just like The CW's Vertigo Comic adaptation iZombie will star a woman in supernatural turmoil - get it? Liv? Live? harharhar), a woman marked for death by a demon.
David "co-writer of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, and Batman vs. Superman" S. Goyer's Constantine has found its NBC pilot star. Welsh actor Welsh actor Matt Ryan of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior is reportedly finalizing a deal to star as the show's Hellblazing titular hero, John Constantine.
Waltz through the cut for Wednesday's links.