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The Trailer For NBC's 'Constantine' Will Cleanse Your Filthy Soul

By TK | Trailers | May 12, 2014 | Comments ()


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Look, the Keanu Reeves movie was fine. Surprisingly entertaining, if somewhat fluffy, featuring solid performances from its two leads and stellar scenery chewing from Tilda Swinton and Peter Stormare. And hey, it had a mostly-not-annoying Shia!

But this. This is something different. This, at least based on this little glimpse, is much closer to seeing DC Comics’ terrific Hellblazer comic brought to screen. Matt Ryan is terrific, not just in appearance, but in what I would have imagined John Constantine’s delivery to be like (even if his trademark chain smoking likely won’t make it into the show).

Take a look at the original:

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But appearances aside, the show, produced by David S. Goyer, has some great atmosphere and set design, and some pretty spiffy effects. I am, let us say, quite hopeful for this coming Fall.



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  • theKelz

    This has some seriously Harry Dresden vibes to me. SERIOUSLY.

  • Romeo Garcia

    I have to say im impressed!!!!..i have years to not follow a show (Pawn Stars dont count because is not a series) but this trailer catch me for good...I am a huge fan of the movie (i dont know why people hated so much) and i think this new series are gonna be awesome..i cant wait!!

  • Jezzer

    I have one teeny, tiny issue with the trailer. SPOILER:
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    It looks like they've aged up the girl who got taken to Hell due to John's inexperience and hubris. In the comics, it was a little girl who John accidentally damned, and that pretty much informed his attitude and motivation for most of his adult life. It was that experience that landed him in the asylum. In the trailer, it looks like they've changed her into a young woman. Tragic, yes, but not quite the gut punch that was the comic version of the Newcastle events.

  • BlackRabbit

    Is that New York? I'm tired of New York. Pity the BBC couldn't do it.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    Jeremy Davies and his hair of cray-cray. I'm in.

  • Gasp! Harold Perrineau with wings! Ya know, again.

    A plague on both their houses, indeed.

  • Lee

    The girl looks loads like Rachel Weisz in the Keanu version (which I LOVE). Totes 'cited for this!

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Holy crap that looks good. There is no way this does not end in massive disappointment for all of us.

  • foolsage

    Oh hells yes. This looks like the character I know and love, unshaven and messy and all. Loved the "bollocks" line, too.

    Was that Gary Lester at 2:13? Hot damn. I'm basing that on the lousy painting of John on the wall there, presumably from their Mucous Membrane days; and his overall look, of course.

    It even looks like we'll be getting Mnemoth in the show, from the looks of that insect infestation. Here's hoping they plumb some of the comics' many strong storylines. Nergal's listed on the cast IMDB page, so there's that, at least.

    It won't be the same though unless we have an arc featuring the First of the Fallen. I sincerely hope they film the "Dangerous Habits" story at some point. That wouldn't work as a starting arc because we need to get to know the characters first, but it remains one of the most memorable stories I've read. Plus, bonus, we get to see John trick (and mock) the devil.

  • The effects and acting look pretty terrible (although the Nana bit was kind of cool). Don't really know the source material, but I like the idea. Doubtful that this can be properly pulled off on network and the trailer doesn't offer much to counter that.

  • Thanks, Debbie Downer.

  • Not trying to be a dick, it just didn't really do much for me.

  • I'm in.

  • jthomas666

    I was beyond skeptical about this, but they seem to have nailed both the character and the tone. So now I'm cautiously optimistic..

  • Drake

    Looks good, but I so wish this had landed someplace besides a network.

  • Jifaner

    Yaaaaassss! I am so in.

  • JJ

    And a Jeremy Davies sighting! It's good that they went away from the Keanu look, but if only they had not cast a not-quite Rachel Weisz clone.

  • _Alexander_

    I like the Keanu Reeves one but this seems to have great potential!

  • "Look, the Keanu Reeves movie was fine."

    Huh, Client List did break your mind.

  • Romeo Garcia

    hey!! At least the Keanu Reeves movie is not CATWOMAN or ELEKTRA or BATMAN & ROBIN!!!

  • Ian Fay

    The Keanu one is pretty good, it's just completely unrelated to the comic in any way.

    It's like the movie Patriot Games is pretty good, it just bears no resemblance to the book.

    If you just pretend they're unrelated, you're fine.

  • Ian Fay

    I really hope they get his name right.

    For the record:

  • Ryan Ambrose

    That's not Sting.

    But I kid, Matt Ryan was pretty darn good as a scallywaging scoundrel of the seven seas in Assassin's Creed IV. I'll give it 5 episodes to win me over.

    His clothes look too pristine, however. He should first sleep in them for a week.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Everything's so bright. That trench was literally fresh off an assembly line, right? And the shirt clearly came off the Clorox commercial set next door.

    I mean, how hard would it be to make an intern wear them on a coffee run a few times? Problem solved, for free.

  • foolsage

    He just got out of Ravenscar, so presumably the clothes are either new or were just laundered. I agree though that he really should look rumpled and mussed.

  • I'm in, despite the fact that I don't trust NBC to keep a show I like for a full season, much less more.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    Hope for int'l distribution. That saved Hannibal.

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