First Look at NBC’s Constantine

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Here’s a big first look at actor Matt Ryan (Layer Cake, Torchwood) as DC Comics character John Constantine from the upcoming NBC pilot, Constantine.

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Constantine (which was also turned into a 2005 feature film starring Keanu Reeves) follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond.

Featured in hundreds of comic book issues, John Constantine has been a DC Comics staple since his first appearance as a supporting character in Swamp Thing in 1985. The character was subsequently featured in his own bestselling Hellblazer and Constantine comic book series.

“I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985. This Constantine, envisioned by Neil Marshall and embodied by Matt Ryan, looks like he sprang directly from the comics’ covers. Fans old and new are going to be in for a treat,” said executive producer David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel) in a statement.

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Matt Ryan as Constantine.

See that, folks. 1985. So please don’t let me catch any of you trying to call this look a ripoff of Supernatural‘s Castiel. Because you’d have it backwards.


Matt Fowler is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler

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  • Lord_Tyranny2577

    I’m actually rather fond of the 2005 Constantine. I’m not saying Keanu Reeves was the perfect choice for the role, but I still enjoyed the movie. I agree that the world needs more Constantine.

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