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The DC supernatural drama Constantine continues to grow as this week, we meet one of John’s good old mates Gary Lester as they deal with a nasty hunger demon. Apparently, this episode was “literally ripped from pages of Hellblazer” according to executive producer and show-runner, Daniel Cerone which I had no idea about until I saw his Twitter. From things that I have heard about the show in interviews with him and David Goyer (also an Ep and show-runner), a lot of things that we have seen and will see in the first season is heavily based on the Hellblazer comics to the point where some episodes might be literally adapted into an episode. I don’t know a lot of comic book shows that have been able to do this and I’m not talking about just bringing in iconic things from certain comic book panels, I’m talking about 100% making… »
Lucy Griffiths was originally set to play the female lead Liv on NBC's DC adaptation Constantine, but she only ever made it as far as the pilot episode before being replaced by a character from the comic books. Now, executive producers David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone are claiming that they may bring her back in Season 2.
Liv, an original character created for the sole purpose of the new series, wasn't exactly liked in her inception, which had nothing to do with the actress playing her. David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone both felt the role had been underwritten, and in turn was underwhelming. To rectify the situation, they decided to bring in Angélica Celaya as fan favorite and former Constantine lover Zed, who was part of the original Hellblazer comic book run.
Though she starred in the pilot, actress Lucy Griffiths was dumped from NBC's "Constantine" after the network and showrunners decided to ditch plans for her character Liv to be a love interest for Matt Ryan's title character John Constantine.
Instead, Angelica Celaya came onboard as the quite different Zed in the supernatural series based on the "Hellblazer" comics. Now though, executive producers David Goyer & Daniel Cerone tell Zap2It that the door remains open for Griffiths' potential return further down the line. Cerone says:
"In terms of whether she'll be back, she's part of the foundation of the show, As we dig deeper into the season, as we start talking about possible arcs for next season, there's an opening there. If there's an organic reason to bring her back into the story, we'd love to."
Goyer meanwhile went on to say they're the ones to blame for the character »
- Garth Franklin
Even though, Lucy Griffiths, who played Liv in the Constantine pilot, was written out after the first episode and replaced soon thereafter by Angélica Celaya's Zed, according to executive producers David Goyer & Daniel Cerone, she may still have a future on the show. During a conference call, Goyer & Cerone revealed that the door is not exactly closed on Griffiths' return, Cerone stated "In terms of whether she'll be back, she's part of the foundation of the show, As we dig deeper into the season, as we start talking about possible arcs for next season, there's an opening there." Of course this is assuming the show gets a second season pickup, which is an uncertainty at this time. As for a possible reappearance this season, he went on to add: "If there's an organic reason to bring her back into the story, we'd love to." They also touched on why »
From executive producer David S. Goyer and showrunner Daniel Cerone, Constantine is based on the wildly popular comic book series Hellblazer from DC Comics. John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wicked wit, but his soul is already damned to hell. Along with trying to find a loophole out of that, Constantine begrudgingly fights to save the soul of others, with the help and guidance of long-time friend Chas (Charles Halford), an intuitive with heightened senses named Zed (Angélica Celaya), and a morally ambiguous guardian angel known as Manny (Harold Perrineau). During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Matt Ryan talked about his long audition process, both in London and L.A., how he views John Constantine, what he most enjoys about playing this character, the character dynamics, the journey of John Constantine, »
- Christina Radish
If you’ve been waiting for NBC’s Constantine to pull the trigger on its comic-book mythology — hello, Newcastle Gang aficionados! — the NBC series’ creators think you’ll be very happy with Friday’s episode.
The hour introduces Jonjo O’Neill (The Fall) as Gary Lester, one of Constantine’s Newcastle chums who was involved in little Astra’s death and damnation. When Gary accidentally unleashes a potent demon upon the good people of Georgia, John winds up reuniting with his old pal.
If the plot sounds familiar to readers of D.C. comics, that’s because the story is “literally »
Pull up a chair and I’ll let you in on the best kept secret NBC have got…….
Constantine already has a certain style and swagger in his step as we move into week two. Channelled through Matt Ryan in what is fast becoming a defining role for the jobbing actor, Constantine oozes confidence while more established shows still struggle for identity. This private eye murder mystery is served up with lashings of acerbic Liverpudlian wit and trailing cigarette smoke. If anything that FCC fag butt baiting says more about this programme and its modus operandi than anything else.
In a less than obvious way there is more than implied nicotine consumption on show here. Split second glimpses always done over the shoulder, combine with fleeting images of this reviled object perpetually positioned just out of shot. Not only does this most »
- Gary Collinson
If you chose to spend your Halloween evening with NBC's Constantine, well then you my friend made a wise decision indeed! This hour was chock full of smoke, fire, and explosions, along with zombie miners, vengeful gypsies, and prophetic painters. The spooky series has shown glimmers of its potential, and it's clear that the players are enjoying their roles in this supernatural world. Sure, some questionable storytelling choices and episode editing remain, but I'm surprised by just how much I'm enjoying Constantine so far. Want to see where the series is headed? Be sure to check out this recent interview with David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone. Then, hit the jump for our Constantine recap. Constantine makes a jump from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta to the dirt and depression of a Western Pennsylvania coal-mining town (thanks to a wet drop of blood on their map). The show's premiere »
- Dave Trumbore
From executive producer David S. Goyer and showrunner Daniel Cerone, Constantine is based on the wildly popular comic book series Hellblazer from DC Comics. John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wicked wit, but his soul is already damned to hell. Along with trying to find a loophole out of that, Constantine begrudgingly fights to save the soul of others. During a recent luncheon with a handful of press, David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone talked about how much they’re drawing from the comics, just how far this show will go, having an unlikeable lead character, dealing with NBC on the morally complex story path that they’re on, why they decided to bring in Jim Corrigan, how many of the DC occult characters might be seen this season, whether there »
- Christina Radish
Fox has released a new featurette for Gotham focussing on Arkham Asylum, with executive producer Daniel Cerone explaining how the show will explore the “creation myth” of the iconic location from the Batman universe as the series progresses…
Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? Gotham is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. »
- Gary Collinson
John Constantine. Professional exorcist, demonologist and petty dabbler in the dark arts is strapped to a gurney. As electric current causes his body to spasm for a moment those bad memories disappear, because ‘to err is human, to forgive divine’. Unfortunately there will be no sanctuary here, not for Constantine, not today…..
So opens NBC’s pilot which promises to take Jamie Delano’s Hellblazer series and turn it into entertainment for prime time Middle America. Originally created by Alan Moore, the character is defined by withering sarcasm in a time of political upheaval. Delano’s Hellblazer brought backstory to the table, giving Constantine substance beyond the beige trench coat, off hand manner and nicotine addiction. Combine that with a near sociopathic disregard for others and an intriguing character begins to emerge. Disregarding the Keanu Reeves film which you must, it was »
- Gary Collinson
Following its premiere on NBC on Friday night, a new featurette from Constantine has been released online, which takes us behind-the-scenes of the latest DC Entertainment show, and includes comments from executive producers Daniel Cerone, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns, along with John Constantine himself, British actor Matt Ryan. Check it out below…
Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine 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, 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. »
- Gary Collinson
I don't know if you've had a chance to watch the first episode of Constantine or not, but it was really freakin' good! I loved what I saw in the first episode, and I'm excited to see where it goes from here. A new featurette has been released called "To Hell and Back: Non Est Asylum," and it takes us behind the scenes with the cast and creators of the supernatural series. Matt Ryan, David Goyer, Geoff Johns, and Daniel Cerone talk about adapting the DC Comic, the Constantine character, and more. I also included a promo trailer for the second episode of the season, called "The Darkness Beneath."
Based on the wildly popular comic book series "Hellblazer" from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine specializes in giving hell... hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, »
- Joey Paur
Constantine Season 1, Episode 1: “Non Est Asylum”
Directed by Neil Marshall
Airs Fridays at 10 pm Et on NBC
The opening shot of Constantine is quite rich. It’s a medium shot, straight ahead, of the Ravenscar Secure Facility, the mental asylum that John Constantine (Matt Ryan) admits himself in to when he inadvertently damns the soul of his friend’s daughter, Astra, to Hell in the Hellblazer comic. Immediately, there is a nod to the source material, as well as establishing that our protagonist isn’t right in the head or the ethical department, but there’s a tiny chance he could change. “Non Est Asylum” is all about how Constantine isn’t at home in Heaven or Hell, but somewhere in between (Even though he is currently damned). He, his best friend and driver Chas (a laconic Charles Halford), and another friend »
- Logan Dalton
Sneak Peek more new footage and images from the adaptation of DC Comics' "Hellblazer", titled "Constantine", debuting October 24, 2014 on NBC, with a pilot directed by Neil Marshall, plus take another look @ the character 'Zed', played by actress Angélica Celaya:
"...and that's ultimately something we felt like we needed...
"...we wanted a more dynamic relationship, as opposed to someone who is a teacher/mentor and a student..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Constantine"...
- Michael Stevens
From executive producer David S. Goyer and showrunner Daniel Cerone, Constantine is based on the wildly popular comic book series Hellblazer from DC Comics. John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wicked wit, but his soul is already damned to hell. Along with trying to find a loophole out of that, Constantine begrudgingly fights to save the soul of others. During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Daniel Cerone talked about wanting to create a scary show for network TV, having a full season story arc and a sense of what they’ll do for a second season, not having a final end game, the biggest challenges in dealing with a chain-smoking character with broadcast standards, when and why they decided they needed to write out the Liv character and instead »
- Christina Radish
Keanu Reeves won't reprise his film role on NBC's “Constantine,” but showrunner and executive producer Daniel Cerone thinks the supernatural horror series may be better off without him. “Some people really enjoyed Keanu in the role,” Cerone told TheWrap. ”but we felt more of an obligation to stay true to the character. Movies are often driven by star talent and when you have someone like Keanu Reeves who wants to play the role, then you sort of morph the role around the actor.” See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? It's no slight against the marquee actor, »
- Travis Reilly
John Constantine‘s business cards read “Exorcist, Demonologist and Master of the Dark Arts” — and all three of those vocations get a workout in NBC’s new drama based on the popular DC Comics character.
After decades in the Hellblazer comics and one ill-fated run at the big screen, Constantine makes his TV debut Friday (10/9c). Welsh actor Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, The Tudors) plays the trenchcoated demon whisperer, a tortured con man who’d prefer to abandon his occult work but feels compelled to help those who need him most.
Video Exclusive Sneak Peek: Constantine Gets Some »
The TV version of John Constantine doesn't smoke. Or, at least, we will never get to see him smoke. He carries a lighter, and from time to time, a scene will begin with John stubbing out a cigarette or in some other way suggesting that he was just enjoying the rich smell of tobacco right before we happened to turn up to stare at him. He can't smoke because his new TV show "Constantine" (10 p.m., NBC) is on a broadcast network — albeit a broadcast network that airs "Hannibal," which features some of the most graphic, disgusting imagery in the history of American popular culture. In the grand scheme of things, this is not a big deal, and I'm sure a very fine television show could be made with a character very much like John Constantine — and maybe one with the genuine article — who is either not a smoker or »
- Alan Sepinwall
NBC finally debuts "Constantine," its adaptation of the "Hellblazer" comics, tomorrow night in the United States. Matt Ryan takes on the role of John Constantine from the comics in an interpretation that's expected to hew closer to the source material than the Keanu Reeves-led 2005 film adaptation.
For starters the look and accent are much more like the chain-smoking bisexual demon hunter from the comics, the personality is as well. But what about the smoking and the odd gay fling? Thirty years ago you could get away with the odd bit of smoking on broadcast TV whilst gay sex scenes were completely taboo.
These days the opposite is in effect, gay and bisexual characters with active sex lives aren't a big deal but smoking is very much a no-no. Networks, especially the non-cable ones, are famous for Not allowing characters to light up on their shows.
Yet it is a »
- Garth Franklin
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