5/12/2014

Constantine comes to NBC this fall!


OMG!  I'm jumping up and down in sheer geek joy over finding out that Constantine is coming to NBC Fridays this fall.

Originally a comic book titled Hellblazer from DC Comics, Constantine was first introduced cinematically in the 2005 debut film starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, a depressed  psychic who unsuccessfully tried to take his own life resulting in the loss of his soul to Lucifer and a life of fighting demons in an attempt to redeem himself so he might find his way into heaven.  

It's one of those movies you can watch over and over again for the supernatural fun, kick-ass demon fighting scenes with Bush front man Gavin Rosdale, religious ideological byplay and stand-offs with the archangel Gabriel played ambiguously by award winning actress Tilda Swinton, and crazy voodoo underworld macabre with Papa Midnite played by Djimon Hounsou.  What's not to love?

Well, it wasn't nearly long enough, and that's where NBC comes in with the series.  (Squeal!)

Constantine, the series, will take fans deeper into the dark underworld surrounding us all every day.  Starring Welsh actor Matt Ryan (Layer Cake, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag) as John Constantine, we get a little European flavor in the lead character which is quite a switch from the Reeves version.  We can only hope he has the same edge, the same "I don't give a f***k" attitude and sarcasm we're already acquainted with.  Anything else will be a let-down of epic proportions.

The trailer shows some amazing special effects, and since it set off a string of geek-gasms for which I'm only now recovering, I can only say it seems to have everything I desire in a supernatural series.  I'm excited and already planning to set my DVR.

Michele Gwynn in a freelance journalist in San Antonio, Texas, an author, and contributing writer for Examiner.com, Yahoo Voices, and several online magazines,  All articles are copyrighted and cannot be reposted without permission.