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Many characters from the DC universe are making their way to television screens in shows like The Flash, Gotham and the already-established Arrow, and one character who’s getting his own show is John Constantine of the Hellblazer comics. With a script penned by Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist), Constantine has been ordered to pilot by NBC and is about to begin production.
While some changes are to be expected when adapting a comic book for the screen, Constantine’s smoking habit has been fairly integral to both the character’s image and even to the plot of the series. Both an arc of the comic book and the storyline of the 2005 movie adaptation were based around John Constantine ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
After looking on enviously at Marvel and its multitude of projects for so long, it's quite an exciting time for DC fans at present. Not only is the Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman gearing up for production, but there's also several TV pilots in the works. Last week, the Arrow spin-off The Flash began filming [see the first set photos and video here] and with cameras due to start rolling on Constantine, screenwriter and DC veteran David S. Goyer has shared a few comments about the NBC pilot during a chat with IAmRogue:
"We start shooting next week. Shooting the pilot. We only have four series regulars but we've cast them all now. I'm proud to say that Constantine is actually being played by a British guy, Matt Ryan, and he is going to have blond hair. [Whether he will smoke is] a tricky one on network TV. We're negotiating right now. He will have his signature trench coat and skinny tie. »
- Gary Collinson
With much of the cast already assembled for NBC's upcoming pilot "Constantine," writer/executive producer David Goyer has confirmed in an interview with I Am Rogue that production will begin on the pilot this week. " We start shooting next week," he said. "We only have four series regulars but we've cast them all now. I'm proud to say that Constantine is actually being played by a British guy. Matt Ryan and he is going to have blond hair." When asked if John Constantine, a notorious chain smoker, would partake in his old habits on the series, Goyer replied: "That's a tricky one on network TV. We're negotiating right now. He will have his »
I Am Rogue caught up with NBC's Constantine pilot showrunner David S. Goyer to discuss where the project currently stands. In what will surely please comic book fans, Goyer revealed that Matt Ryan's (Layer Cake) Constantine will be true to the source material. Said Goyer, "We start shooting next week. Shooting the pilot. We only have four series regulars but we've cast them all now. I'm proud to say that Constantine is actually being played by a British guy. Matt Ryan and he is going to have blond hair." When asked if Ryan's version of the fan favorite comic book character will smoke, Goyer shared, "That's a tricky one on network TV. We're negotiating right now. He will have his signature trench coat and skinny tie. I would say that the show clings more closely to the source material then the film did. Even though the film was interesting. »
Released at the height of the straight to video techno-horror phase that rode in on the coat-tails of The Lawnmower Man and also saw the release of films such as Evolver and Brainscan, Arcade was, I think, unfairly overlooked, at least in the UK, at the time due to poor distribution, a lack of big-name stars (unlike Brainscan which had a post-T2 Edward Furlong, the biggest stars in Arcade were A Christmas Story’s Peter Billingsley and St:tng’s John De Lancie), and effects that – even though they were apparently redone after the film was completed – did not compare to other CGI-heavy films at the time.
- Phil Wheat
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Watchmen, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Teen Titans Go!, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Animated Series, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Avengers Assemble, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and more...
In a week that's seen Bryan Cranston (Godzilla, Breaking Bad) confirming that he was never approached about the role of Lex Luthor for Batman vs. Superman, director Zack Snyder and his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder have spoken about leaks, with Deborah stating that: "Things get leaked so often these days, it's a shame because even casing announcements, or whatever, you're in the middle of a process and sometimes they're so off base -- and then it gets picked up by »
- Gary Collinson
Two of my favourite Full Moon flicks, Dollman and Demonic Toys, have been given the Blu-ray treatment by the folks at 88 Films. Already owning the pair on DVD we take a look at these new releases to see how they compare and if the new Blus are worthy of an upgrade…
Former funnyman, turned TV stalwart, turned action star, Tim Thomerson had already made a name for himself in the Empire Pictures/Full Moon franchise Trancers before spoofing the very same character and his take no crap persona in Dollman for one of my favourite directors, Albert Pyun.
Brick Bardo (Thomerson) is a traveller from outer space who is forced to land on Earth. Though regular sized on his home planet, he is doll-sized here on Earth, »
- Phil Wheat
Shooting on Zach Snyder's Batman vs Superman is underway! Residents of Michigan's Metamora township have confirmed that filming is currently taking place on the Caley road area. It's not known if any of the major cast are present for the filming. Residents revealed that construction has been underway since February with security crews being a constant part of the town's life. Letters were sent to locals informing them of the work in the area. Thanks to Cbm's Brainiac3000 for the source! What do you think Snyder and co. are doing in Michigan? Are they preparing for some early promo footage? Sign off your thoughts below! Snyder will direct the film from a screenplay being written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer and a story co-created by Goyer and Snyder. Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman film stars Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and »
(Cbr) NBC's "Constantine" cast is filling out, with Deadline reporting Wednesday that three actors have been added to the DC Comics-based pilot: Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford. Perrineau, known for his role as Michael on "Lost," will play Manny, "an authoritative angel" who supervises Constantine's actions. Griffiths, who's played Marian on the BBC's "Robin Hood" and Nora on "True Blood," is set to play Liv, described by Deadline as "an offbeat young woman tired of her ordinary life who comes to discover that she has the ability of seeing the supernatural world among us." Halford, who recently appeared as Agent Shaw on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and Reggie Ledoux on "True Detective," will play Chas; unlike Manny and Liv, Chas a long-running character from the "Hellblazer" comic book series. As in the source material, the TV version of Chas will be a close friend to John Constantine -- Deadline says, »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
With so many DC TV shows in various stages of development, there's barely a day goes by without some casting news, and coming hot on the heels of this week's casting of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle in Fox's Gotham, it's been revealed that NBC's Constantine pilot has now added three new names to its roster.
According to Deadline, Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) is set to play female lead Liv, "an offbeat young woman tired of her ordinary life who comes to discover that she has the ability of seeing the supernatural world among us, which makes her a key player in the battle between good and evil. Liv teams up with Constantine to save lives, master her power, and learn more about her late father."
- Gary Collinson
With a certain amount of trepidation I am finally caving in and talking about the Pilot (that’s right, no guarantees we’ll ever see it) for NBC‘s Constantine. I really want this one to happen, and I’m afraid this will jinx it, but okay, here we go.
Back in September, NBC bought the project with penalty (NBC will pay a penalty if it doesn’t air the pilot) with Daniel Cerone (The Dark Corner, Threshhold, Dexter, Charmed) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Da Vinci’s Demons, the Dark Knight trilogy) as writers/executive producers.
Based on the DC/Vertigo comic books, John Constantine is a snarky con-man-turned supernatural detective, which sounds absolutely excellent but also slightly reminiscent of Powers, which once again reminds me that not all pilots, even excellent comics-based pilots with great casts, see the light of day.
The green light for the »
- Erin Willard
The much anticipated second season of the historical fantasy Da Vinci's Demons, an original series created by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight trilogy), premieres Saturday, March 22nd, at 9pm Et/Pt on Starz. Da Vinci is a man in the midst of a storm that has been brewing for centuries. A conflict between truth and lies; religion and reason; past and future. His aspirations are used against him by the opposing forces of the time - luring him into a game of seduction where those who despise his intellect need him most. Leonardo must take up the fight against those who use history, religion and politics to suppress the truth. A hero armed only with genius, da Vinci stands alone against the darkness within and the darkness without. Facing an uncertain future, his quest for »
- Pietro Filipponi
Sexy British actress Lucy Griffiths -below ('The Numbers Station') has signed up to star in NBC and Warner Bros Television's new adaptation of 'Constantine'. Based on the original 'Hellblazer' graphic novels by DC Comics the 27 year old actress, who plays Nora Gainesborough in the HBO's sexy vampire series 'True Blood', is due to play the daughter of Constantine's dead friend. 'Lost' and '28 Weeks Later' star Harold Perrineau has also joined the cast. The occult detective himself will be played by Welsh actor Matt Ryan. Both Ryan and Griffiths previously starred together in British crime mini-series 'Collision' back in 2009. David S. Goyer ('Batman Begins') and Daniel Cerone ('The Mentalist') will exec produce the new show and 'The Descent' director Neil Marshall is due to helm the pilot episode. »
The steady construction of a wider DC universe onscreen is continuing apace. In addition to the Batman origin TV drama, Gotham, on Fox, rival network NBC are steaming ahead with the pilot for their Constantine TV show, adding Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) and Harold Perrineau (Lost) to its cast.
The show follows the exploits of John Constantine (Matt Ryan from Criminal Minds), a con-man reluctantly forced into the role of supernatural detective and charged with the task of defending humanity against the forces of darkness. Lucy Griffiths will play Liv, who is the daughter of a late friend of Constantine. Discovering that she has the ability to see the supernatural world around her, she is targeted by demons as a key player in the ongoing battle between good and evil.
Harold Perrineau will play Manny – an angel who has the ability to ‘step into’ the bodies of humans, and guide their actions. »
- Sarah Myles
Some quick casting news has arrived for NBC's "Constantine" series as The Wrap is reporting that Harold Perrineau (“Lost”), Lucy Griffiths (“True Blood”), and Charles Halford (“True Detective”) have joined the graphic novel pilot.
Perrineau (pictured), who played the role of Michael Dawson on ABC's “Lost” and recently appeared in FX's “Sons of Anarchy,” has been cast as series regular Manny. The network describes the character as an authoritative figure assigned to watch over Constantine (series star Matt Ryan).
Griffiths will play the role of Liv, Constantine's partner with supernatural abilities. She most recently starred in the sixth season of HBO's “True Blood” as Nora Gainesborough. “True Detective's” Charles Halford has been cast as Chas, Constantine's oldest friend and staunch companion with possible supernatural survival skills.
Constantine is described as a working-class Londoner with rakish good looks, scruffy blond hair, deadpan humor, and signature trench coat, who »
- Uncle Creepy
Harold Perrineau (“Lost”), Lucy Griffiths (“True Blood”) and Charles Halford (“True Detective”) have joined NBC's supernatural graphic novel pilot “Constantine” as series regulars, rounding out the cast. Perrineau, who played the role of Michael Dawson on ABC's “Lost” and recently appeared in FX's “Sons of Anarchy,” has been cast as series regular Manny. The network describes the character as an authoritative figure assigned to watch over Constantine (series star Matt Ryan). Also read: NBC Orders DC Comics-David Goyer's ‘Constantine,’ Greg Berlanti Drama Pilots Griffiths will play the role of Liv, Constantine's partner with supernatural abilities. She »
- L.A. Ross
Zack Snyder has promised to "explode" the Batman and Superman universes in the upcoming superhero crossover movie.
"[The movie] literally takes the Man of Steel and Batman universes and explodes them. You're not as tied to the mythology," the director told the Los Angeles Times.
"In Man of Steel, we had to create an origin story, a mythology, and there's a lot of energy into that, which we love doing. Don't get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is too - now that you've got these characters - to now let 'em loose. That's fun!"
Snyder also addressed the controversy surrounding Eisenberg's casting as Lex Luthor, saying that The Social Network star's portrayal of Superman's nemesis will »
(Cbr) Before "Da Vinci’s Demons" returns to Starz for its second season on March 22, the show’s cast visited the Cbr Tiki Room high above the show floor at New York Comic Con to tell Cbr TV’s Jonah Weiland what fans can expect from the sophomore series. In the first video interview, stars Tom Riley and Laura Haddock, who play Leonardo da Vinci and Lucrezia Donati, talk about the changing nature of the show, with Season 2 upping the adventure quotient and taking da Vinci to South America while other characters are scattered to other parts of the globe. Haddock talks about exploring Lucrezia’s past in flashback and what it’s like reaching so far back into her character. They also discuss their favorite moments from the first season and whether or not series creator David S. Goyer — recently involved in both “Man of Steel” and the “Dark »
- Jonah Weiland, Comic Book Resources
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Rumor has it that the Batman and Wonder Woman character and costume designs for Zack Snyder's Batman Vs. Superman will be revealed later this month. While we wait to see if that actually happens, costume designer Michael Wilkinson teases Wonder Woman's look in a new interview with The Wrap. When asked about working on Wonder Woman's outfit he called it a "thrilling and slightly scary prospect," and said:
"It's so important to get her right. She really deserves to be presented on-screen in her full glory. So what I do is I look at the history of how the character has been presented on the big-screen, and the small-screen, and in comic books, and graphic novels. We process it all. Then we kind of put that aside and work out what is right for our film, for the cinematic universe that our director Zack Snyder is putting together. »
- Joey Paur
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Avengers 3, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Defenders, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Spectacular Spider-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Batman vs. Superman, Watchmen, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Heroes Reborn and more...
Well, it's March, which means we're only a few weeks away from the start of the 2014 superhero season as Marvel Studios gets things underway with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (out March 26th here in the UK), and this week has brought us a new featurette for the Phase Two solo sequel entitled 'Conspiracy', which features comments from Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce) and Marvel chief Kevin Feige [watch it here]. Meanwhile we've also got a »
- Gary Collinson
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