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CONSTANTINE (2014): What You Need to Know About NBC’s TV Show

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The Essentials of NBC‘s Constantine. Constantine doesn’t come out until late October, but that doesn’t mean that fans alike won’t stop talking about DC’s antihero’s trip to the small screen. While we are anxiously waiting for the premiere, here’s what we should expect from the upcoming DC adaptation.

First off, Constantine is based off of the Hellblazer comic series from DC Comics under the Vertigo print. The comic series came out with 300 issues between 1988 and 2013 before the series concluded and was replaced with the DC Universe version of Constantine. John Constantine was first introduced by creator Alan Moore and Stephen R. Bissette in the Swamp Thing back in 1985. Hellblazer was Vertigo’s longest running comic at the time and became one of the first modern occult detective stories ever told.

NBC’s Constantine will be faithful to the Hellblazer comics, but with a few changes. One noticeable change is you won’t see Constantine’s chain smoking habit due to broadcasting restrictions. Fans can still see that he smokes when he carries his lighter and has a nicotine patch but we just won’t see him smoking on screen. Another change would be that the main character won’t be bisexual like the comics. The show already has fans irritated with the changes, but it seems that as long as the show follows the story, fans won’t mind the little changes made.

The TV series stars Welsh actor Matt Ryan as the title character. The actor has worked on some high profile TV shows in the past, including Criminal Minds and The Tudors. He was also the voice and motion capture actor for Edward Kenway in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

The pilot episode of Constantine was directed by Neil Marshall, the man behind cult hit films like Dog Soldiers and The Descent. He is also known for directing the episode “Blackwater” on Game of Thrones, which was one of the most memorable and climactic episodes in the series so far. He recently worked with NBC on the pilot and third episode of the Starz original series Black Sails.

Constantine TV Show Poster

Constantine TV Show Poster


The show was created by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. Daniel Cerone worked as a showrunner on the Showtime series Dexter and created the Canadian police procedural Motive. Comic and film fans alike may be familiar with David S. Goyer’s work, since he is famous for his screenwriting work on the Blade trilogy, The Dark Knight trilogy and the recent Man of Steel film. On TV, he worked on different projects including the short-lived FlashFoward and Da Vinci’s Demons.

Well there you have it everyone! We are excited to see what’s in store for this season of Constantine.

We previously published these Constantine articles:

Constantine (2014) TV Show Trailer and Official Plot Synopsis [NBC]

CONSTANTINE (2014) TV Show Trailer 2: Dr. Fate’s Helmet Glimpsed [NBC]

NBC Says CONSTANTINE Can’t Smoke But HANNIBAL Can Murder & Eviscerate

CONSTANTINE TV Show Preview Promo: John vs. Demons on NBC [SDCC 2014]

Constantine also stars Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrineau, Sir Maejor, Charles Halford, Miles Anderson, Julia Lehman, Mark Ashworth, Victor McCay, Chris Matheny, Fernando Martinez, Joey Phillips, Hillary Brant, Amy Lynn Tuttle, and Daryn Kahn.

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Mufsin Mahbub

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Mufsin is a freelance writer from New York who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Long Island University. He has written for publications like HollywoodLife, Clubplanet, and Heavy. He is an avid lover for everything related to TV and film. He has gone to dozens of film screenings, press events, and loves to attend New York Comic Con every year. He gives an honest opinion on every TV show or film that people are going to be talking about.

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