A decade after a tragic mistake, family man Chas and occult investigator John Constantine (voiced by Matt Ryan) set out to cure Chas's daughter Trish from a mysterious supernatural coma. With the help of the mysterious Nightmare Nurse, the influential Queen of Angels, and brutal Aztec God Mictlantecuhtli, the pair just might have a chance at outsmarting the demon Beroul to save Trish's soul. In a world of shadows and dark magic, not everything is what it seems, and there's always a price to pay. The path to redemption is never easy, and if Constantine is to succeed, he must navigate through the dark urban underbelly of Los Angeles, outwit the most cunning spawns of hell, and come face to face with arch-nemesis Nergal - all while battling his own inner demons!
Now THIS is how you do Constantine right (Full Movie Edition)
I knew that DC had plans to take this series of shorts and combine it into a cohesive story with a bit more added on after episode 6. As it stood, I thought the shorts were good by themselves and adding another 20 or 30 minutes to the end to wrap things up and make a pretty good solo Constantine animated series/film.
What I didn't expect was for DC to add a full HOUR in material as a follow-up to the shorts, and boy was the wait for this worth it.
I've always liked Constantine as a character and thought Matt Ryan was an excellent choice to embody the character. The one thing that always bothered me is up to this point we haven't gotten a truly good Constantine story. The short-lived live-show was good but it was hindered creatively by the fact that it was on network TV so they couldn't truly go dark with it. The animated film Justice League Dark did better, but because it was a team movie obviously each character needed their own time in the spotlight.
City of Demons is exactly the kind of story needed for John Constantine. It's dark and bloody as hell and doesn't pull a lot of punches with the visuals and story. It's also pretty damn heartbreaking too, but I'm not going to spoil that part because it really does need to be experienced fresh without any idea it's even coming. I really, REALLY hope DC does more of Constantine like this because damn did I need it after the Batman & Harley Quinn and Batman Ninja debacle.
I can't tell you how happy I am they took these six shorts and exploded it into a really good hour and a half film. Other than one specific point where they added on some footage to one of the original shorts that ended up transitioning pretty badly, if you're a DC fan and especially if you're a Constantine/Hellblazer fan, I'd say you're going to enjoy this.
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