NBC orders Constantine to series

ryan as constantineBased on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, “True Blood”), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all. The cast also includes Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford. Writer Daniel Cerone (“The Mentalist,” “Dexter”) serves as executive producer with David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “The Dark Knight Rises”). “Constantine” is produced from Bonanza Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The show is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.

Constantine - Season PilotWhen news broke that a Constantine tv series was in development, I was cautiously optimistic.

I, like most, was sorely disappointed by the theatrical version. Granted, the story was solid, but casting Keanu Reeves and  Shia LaBeouf torpedoed an otherwise promising film.

As a fan of the comic character, seeing him Americanized was just wrong on so many levels.

It appears that David Goyer understands this and has crafted a pilot that will be true to its comic book roots. As you can see from the pictures, Matt Ryan certainly looks the part, though a cigarette would be nice.

As I said, I’m cautiously optimistic. There’s still a million ways they can get this wrong, but at least they’re not shooting themselves in the proverbial foot from the start.

NBC liked the pilot enough to order a full series. That doesn’t necessarily mean its good. I’m the last person in the world to trust the opinions of television executives.

But if they’re willing to air it, then I’m anxious to watch and review it here on Occult Detective.

Too soon to hope for an appearance by Zatanna?

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