“Constantine” premieres on NBC on Oct. 24, and Hero Complex readers can get a first look at a new teaser video as well as a poster featuring John Constantine that will be distributed to comics retailers to help promote the new series.
The new poster, from artist Gene Ha, features British actor Matt Ryan donning the DC character’s trademark trench coat for the show, based on DC Comics’ antihero John Constantine, a chain-smoking con man and occult detective from Liverpool, known for his cynicism and foul-mouthed snark.
Constantine, who served as the lead character in the “Hellblazer” series, made his comics debut in a 1985 issue of “Swamp Thing.” More recently, he’s the star of his own New 52 title, “Constantine,” and a major player in “Justice League Dark.”
The new teaser video (above) hints at Constantine’s dark past, including what appears to be an exorcism gone wrong, and offers a glimpse of his action-packed path to redemption, with the unwanted help of guardian angel Manny (Harold Perrineau), all to the soundtrack of Hozier’s “Arsonist’s Lullabye.”
The NBC and Warner Bros. Television show comes from executive producers Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”) and David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight” film trilogy) and director Neil Marshall (“Game of Thrones”).
“There are over 300 issues of ‘Hellblazer,'” Goyer said at San Diego’s Comic-Con International in July. “Some of the best writers in the business have been writing Constantine, and we’re going to use that as our source material.”
Ryan, whose acting credits include “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” “Torchwood” and “The Tudors,” isn’t the first actor to portray Constantine.
Keanu Reeves took on the role in the 2005 film “Constantine,” from director Francis Lawrence (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”).
The movie was a box-office success, with ticket sales of more than $230 million worldwide, but was met with mixed reviews, especially from comics fans who bemoaned the film’s major departures from the paneled page.
— Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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