This 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.”