Goyer Touts CONSTANTINE series for NBC

DC Comics’ supernatural troubleshooter, John Constantine, will get a second chance to make it as a live-action character, this time in TV series for NBC.

The new CONSTANTINE is written and produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Daniel Cerone (DEXTER), and stars Welshman Matt Ryan in the title role, as well as Harold Perrineau (LOST), Lucy Griffiths and Charles Halford. Here, Goyer talks about the pilot with website IamROGUE — and the possibility of seeing other DC characters on the show in the future.

These are the highlights of what Goyer says in the clip:

“We start shooting next week. Shooting the pilot. We only have four series regulars but we’ve cast them all now. I’m proud to say that Constantine is actually being played by a British guy, Matt Ryan, and he is going to have blond hair. He will have his signature trench coat and skinny tie. I would say that the show clings more closely to the source material then the film did. Even though the film was interesting.

“Quite a few other characters from the comic books and possibly from the DC universe — should we move forward — will be showing up. I think we would try to bring in some of the other occult figures.

“And Neil Marshall, who directed The Descent and the “Blackwater” [episode of] GAME OF THRONES is doing the pilot. He’s pretty good with scares.”

Official synopsis:

John Constantine struggles with his faith while haunted by the sins of his past and is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.

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Meet TV’s John Constantine!

constantineThis is how Matt Ryan will look as John Constantine in the upcoming CONSTANTINE pilot. I think he looks just about perfect, but the shirt should be smudged and stained, the coat more rumpled — and there should definitely be a cigarette dangling from his lip.

Oh, but the cigarette is actually a sticking point with the network! The producers want to portray a corrupt and doomed Earth rotten with demons and unleashed hellspawn that is protected by a selfish dark magician who only barely qualifies as being on “our” side? No prob. You want him to smoke? What, what, WHAT?!?!

Executive producer David S. Goyer summed up the controversy over accurately portraying Constantine’s well-known filthy habit to IamROGUE thusly:

“That’s a tricky one on network TV. We’re negotiating right now.”

As for Ryan’s overall look in the pilot for the prospective NBC series, Goyer issued the following statement:

“I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985. This Constantine, envisioned by [director] Neil Marshall and embodied by Matt Ryan, looks like he sprang directly from the comics’ covers. Fans old and new are going to be in for a treat.”