With the ‘Constantine‘ TV show moving forward with Neil Marshall (‘The Descent’,’Dog Soldiers’) set to direct the first episode and Matt Ryan (‘Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior’, ‘Layer Cake’) set to star, DC and fans have been getting excited about the show. But does that mean everyone is looking forward to the new series? Well apparently not as one of the co-creators, Stephen Bissette, isn’t exactly what you would call happy about his lack of input or being kept out of the loop on things. He sounds a lot more frustrated than his creation looks in the image above. Really though, he says it best himself in an open letter to DC that you can read below:
Dear DC Comics:
How are you this morning? Nice to hear.
Look, I’m the ONLY original Constantine co-creator active online.
And with CONSTANTINE getting so much attention lately, and me being the only original co-creator online, I’m getting a lot of requests for this and that—interviews. Podcasts. Etc.
So, in your corporate mind, what should I do?
Every time you ramp up the Constantine or Swamp Thing whatever, someone at DC apparently resents anything I might say—or so I’m occasionally told—but I have no idea what’s going on from your end.
I mean, if you want me “in the loop,” or to shut the hell up, or to behave, or to misbehave, or whatever-it-is-you-want, you really DO know how to reach me.
Well, anyhoot, I sincerely hope all is well with you, congrats on the spiffy new TV show upcoming, everyone really seems so excited about it, and since all I see out here is all everyone else sees out here, and it begs so many obvious questions, which people then ask me, directly, I just thought you should know what a conundrum all this is.
And it gets to be more of a quandary daily now.
PS: I appreciate you have “bigger fish to fry.” I mean, your NY offices are fighting winter, while you CA offices are in a major draught. It must be hell.
Thanks and take care—stay warm, or have a bottle of water (Hydrate! Hydrate!), and nice per usual to hear from you…
“Steve” aka Stephen Bissette
Well that is rather harsh but as one of the people who originally gave Constantine life, his frustration at not being kept up to date on what is happening is very understandable. While DC has always kept the rights to their characters close to heart, do you feel that Bissette should be more involved with the show or at least be kept in the loop on it? Share your thoughts below.