NBC is tapping into the DC Comics Universe this fall for ‘Constantine‘ a live-action adaptation of DC/Vertigo’s comic series ‘Hellblazer’ starring the titular hero, John Constantine (Matt Ryan) a ne’er do well sorcerer/paranormal investigator. The show will debut this fall on NBC’s Friday night lineup to air after ”Grimm‘ taking the place of ‘Dracula’ which didn’t fare well in the ratings and has not been renewed.
Joining Ryan on the show are Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford. Daniel Cerone directed the pilot. You can check out the three-minute long trailer below:
The trailer was typically quick-cut, but if you’d like to take in something a more leisurely, check out this first clip:
Hopefully this show can tap into the same audience that has supported ‘Grimm’ and other supernatural shows as well as comic book readers. I will say, Matt Ryan looks fantastic in the role and bears a much stronger resemblance to the comic character than Keanu Reeves did.
At any rate, here is the official synopsis:
Based on the wildly popular DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” 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.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to ‘Constantine’ on NBC? Do you think TV can do this property justice? Sound off in the comments below!
‘Constantine’ will air Fridays at 10pm on NBC beginning in the Fall.