Not everybody's stoked on The Flash's crimson TV costume, and so far The CW's iZombie sounds like a pretty big departure from its Vertigo source material, but judging by the first photo of Matt Ryan from the filming of NBC's Constantine pilot, the show's main character will be easily recognizable to those who've read Hellblazer or the New 52-ified Constantine comic -- especially compared to the 2005 Constantine movie.

The photo comes from Slates For Sarah, a Facebook page dedicated to the memory of Sarah Elizabeth Jones, who died while working as a camera assistant for the film Midnight Rider. The photo sees the full Constantine crew gather in her memory, with Ryan in the middle sporting stubble, blonde hair, a loose tie and of course, a trenchcoat. No cigarette, though, which could be why Ryan is making an in-character grumpy face.

Update: Warner Bros. has also sent out an official image of Ryan as John Constantine, plus official confirmation that the character will indeed be a "Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective." So expect a British accent instead of an Americanized version of the character.

Ryan's set to star alongside Charles Halford as Constantine's buddy Chas, plus Harold Perrineau as the angel named Manny, and Lucy Griffiths as the marked-for-death-by-a-demon leading lady Liv.

The pilot episode of Constantine was written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) and Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist). Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones) is directing.

Constantine was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jamie Delano, with his first interior story art by Rick Veitch and John Totleben in 1985 in DC’s The Saga Of The Swamp Thing. From there he became a recurring Swamp Thing character before flying solo for 300 issues in Hellblazer at Vertigo from 1988-2013. Since March of last year the character's resurfaced in a more PG-13 incarnation as part of DC's mainline New 52 continuity.


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Slates For Sarah
Slates For Sarah


[Via ScreenCrush]