With all the marvellous Marvel news doing the rounds at the moment, this one quietly snuck under the radar. John Constantine, Alan Moore & DC Comic’s cynical, trench coat wearing, badass occult sorcerer, is being made into a TV pilot.
This isn’t the first time Constantine has been shown on screen… Although some people would argue the Keanu Reeves movie was so far detached from the essence of the character as to not actually count. As you can see from the image above, Matt Ryan, who takes on the title role, is a much better fit. Ryan is probably best know for Layer Cake, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and most recently, voicing the cool and badass protagonist, Edward Kenway, in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Ryan is wearing Constantine’s traditional scruffy trench coat, loose tie, 5 o’clock shadow, and the all important blonde hair! He maybe Welsh and not a scouser, but it’s close enough, and a damn sight closer than Keanu. ;)
The pilot is being directed by Neil Marshall, who’s honed his directing chops on on the films Dog Soldiers and The Descent, along with episodes of Game of Thrones and Black Sails, so he knows how to create an atmosphere! It’s being written by Daniel Cerone (Dexter, The Mentalist, Charmed) and David S. Goyer (Blade, Da Vinci’s Demons, Batman, Man 0f Steel), so it’s fair to say both writers have the correct experience.
Overall, on paper this looks to be shaping up really well. I really hope they manage to pull it together!