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First Trailer For TV's Constantine
What's on the way?

12 May 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: NBC

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After its was announced that it would be going to series in the US last week, it was inevitable that the first trailer for the TV take on DC’s Constantine would arrive in short order. So it has come to pass, with initial footage heading online as the big American networks prepare to do their song-and-dance for advertisers this week in New York at the Upfronts.

This first active look at the show largely cements our hopes for something closer to the Hellblazer comics than the 2005 film that cast Keanu Reeves as a tortured American take on John Constantine. Though Matt Ryan is using his native Welsh lilt rather than aiming for Liverpudlian, voice-wise, he has a welcome wry, world-weariness about him. And with Neil Marshall directing the first episode, it certainly has a decent scope to kick off with. 

As this first teaser demonstrates, we’re promised a brisk introduction to John’s supernatural world, a place he’s largely tried to eschew. But when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her.

Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s second sight, an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences, is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong…

Constantine will be on US screens this autumn, and we’ll have to wait and see when/if it makes it to the UK.


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Quizzical
I started reading Hellblazer recently and just got to the end of the "Dangerous Habits" story (roughly 45 issues in) and still no mention of the "seeing the world as it really is" ability, that also features in the 2005 film. I was just wondering if it turns up at all, in the comic book? More

Posted by Cal_Bob at 19:49 on 12 May 2014 | Report This Post

that trailer is appallingly edited. rhythm, pacing is all to buggery. More

Posted by AJJCrook at 16:15 on 12 May 2014 | Report This Post

Is this really a TV show? It looks very cinematic to me. It also looks much more like the comic, although I did like the movie. More

Posted by ericcoyle at 15:52 on 12 May 2014 | Report This Post

After the Keanu Reeves attempt, its nice to see that they're closer to the source material. Certainly be interesting to see how well this does and in just what direction they take it. More

Posted by GrizBe at 12:27 on 12 May 2014 | Report This Post

Tentatively Optimistic
Trailers by their very design always look good, but I'm reasonably hopeful. Looked dark, scary and grown up but still funny. If he's trying a Scouse accent then he needs to work on it, but I can happily live with a Welsh Constantine :) More

Posted by subcircus at 11:43 on 12 May 2014 | Report This Post

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