‘Constantine’ Comic-Con Trailer: A Glimpse at What’s On the Way

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The San Diego Comic-Con is a place of first looks, teases, and previews; it’s where fans go to see premiere footage for their favorite upcoming genre properties, whether it’s The Avengers: Age of UltronBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, or Mad Max: Fury Road.

But it also provides studios and networks with premium advertising space for titles that have already begun their promotional campaigns. Case in point: NBC’s Constantine, the rapidly gestating television adaptation of Alan Moore’s occult oriented graphic novel, Hellblazer.

The series has to date already received a pair of trailers, in extra large and fun size proportions, both of which cover more or less similar ground (with obvious discrepancies due to differences in running time). One might not assume that there’s a ton of urgency, then, to present a fresh clip for Comic-Con audiences, but necessary or not, NBC came prepared with two-minutes-and-forty-four seconds of footage from the show.

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Curiously enough, it’s a lot more of the same, but given that SDCC is basically just a humongous billboard for easy publicity, no one can really blame them for trying. (Maybe this is all they have to show off for the time being.)

So the basics from previous Constantine trailers remain pretty much intact: we already know that our hero (Matt Ryan), exorcist and petty dabbler of the dark arts, is majorly damned for failing to save a little girl’s soul from the clutches of the demon Astaroth (one of the crowned princes of Hell). We also know that he has sought out Liv Aberdine (Lucy Griffiths) to fulfill a promise he made to her father. And we know that angels are just as much a part of Constantine’s spooky world as skeletons, spirits, and haunts (and that they’re pretty haughty and judgmental).

But there’s enough that’s new here to give this little sneak peek some pep. The demon Constantine is haunted by, for example, hasn’t been named in other teasers for the series. Here, the entire flashback to that fateful encounter is fleshed out a bit more, giving some necessary extra background to Constantine’s character and setting the stage for his damnation.

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We also get to see the cast interact a little bit more – we’ve seen Constantine exchange words with the angel Manny (Lost‘s Harold Perrineau) before, but we see a little bit more of their back and forth this time, not to mention some playful banter between our hero and his faithful sidekick Chaz (True Detective‘s Charles Halford).

Plus: extra grue. It’s hard to imagine a DC Comics adaptation going quite as hard on graphic gore as, say, FX’s American Horror Story, but if you’re quick on the pause button, you’ll be treated to the sight of some truly horrific stuff in the Comic-Con trailer’s final moments (one of which might even put that aforementioned horror series’ villain Bloody Face to shame).

If this latest tease doesn’t pack the same informative wallop as yesterday’s announcement about Papa Midnite and the supernatural detective’s trademark nicotine habit, it still offers a creepy, exciting glance at what Constantine has in store for viewers this fall even in spite of the lack of new material.

Constantine will premiere October 24th, 2014 @8pm on NBC.

Source: Warner Bros. TV

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  1. Sounds good to me — I haven’t seen the leaked pilot yet (mostly coz it got removed by the time I reached the site) but I’m really excited to see what they do with Constantine. If they do with this with fantasy-characters what Arrow has done for the more “realistic” characters of the DC Universe, then this will be even better than GOTHAM.

  2. Pretty cool. I’ll give it a shot

  3. Arrow is a joke, now this looks at least promising

    • Arrow is a great show, you comment is the joke.

      As for this show, the leaked Pilot was good, needs some work, but im sure they will work on it as the season goes the way they did with AoS and Arrow.

  4. Lucy griffiths kinda look like rachel weiz in the constantine movie

  5. I had high hopes for this, then I saw the leaked pilot and honestly, it was horrible. It was the cheesiest and single most boring episode of anything I have ever seen and that’s saying a lot. The acting was repulsive and the overall mood wasn’t so much scary as it was just dark and oddly disturbing, and not in the good way.

    The worst thing about it though was the screenwriting, all the dialogue was stupid and the chants were laughable. Even the music was bad, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen worse cinematography.

    I will never get those forty-something minutes of my life back.

  6. That was the helmet of Fate!

  7. New footage? We have all seen the pilot already. Been out on the net for weeks.

    • I haven’t seen it, I’m waiting for it to air on TV.

  8. Quick question: Did you guys at SR stay through the fan questions, or did you leave early? The reason I ask is because I had the privilege of attending comic con this year, and after over 24 hours of waiting (28 hours for this particular panel), DC got things started (again) with a bang. I only stayed in the panel until 11, but just before then, the moderators announced they would show the entire pilot episode to those who were staying. Since I left at that time, I can’t actually confirm that they did show it, and that I didn’t hear them wrong. That’s a whole lot of writing to simply ask if you guys are maybe considering doing a write up of the pilot. You guys did one for Gotham since Fox showed their pilot Saturday night. Since they most likely did show the Constantine pilot, it stands to reason that there might be a chance to get a Constantine write up too.

  9. Please stop using PlayWire Player. it have totally overcharged audio

  10. Penny Dreadful wouldn’t be Penny Dreadful without Eva Green, Supernatural wouldn’t be this successful without Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles..
    I was very excited for this show, till i saw this. I am aware it is early to judge but i really don’t feel good about this, especially the main character..poor choice if you ask me. Well i will give it a try anyway.