Comic book characters just can’t stop taking over popular media. The next entry is NBC’s ‘Constantine’ based on the character John Constantine, star of the book ‘Hellblazer.’ Unlike more altruistic heroes, Constantine is a pretty shady character. Nevertheless, he devotes his supernatural powers on the side of good against the forces of Hell.
NBC has released the show’s official synopsis:
Based on the wildly popular DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan) 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), 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.
It would be impossible for the show to be 100% accurate to the comic, because then it would be x-rated and have to air on HBO or Showtime. But even so, the tone looks to be dark enough for network TV and Ryan looks pretty good in the role.
What do you think? Will you be tuning in?
‘Constantine’ debuts on NBC on Friday October 24th.