New ‘Constantine’ TV Show Character Names Revealed

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Hellblazer Empathy is the Enemy cover New Constantine TV Show Character Names Revealed

Green Arrow has one, Superman had several and even Daredevil is getting one: comic books might be dominating the box office but they’re also on their way towards taking over television. One of the most recent comic book characters to get his own TV show ordered to pilot is John Constantine of the “Hellblazer” comics, formerly of DC’s Vertigo imprint but recently given a youthful makeover and transferred to the New 52.

Since the show was only recently announced, most of the important questions remain unanswered; it’s not yet known whether NBC’s Constantine will be British or American, or whether the show will be on late enough to feature the sex and violence of the comics, or even whether or not Constantine will be permitted to smoke (a staple of his character that was central to one of the comics’ major story arcs). The writing team for the show is David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist).

Thanks to KSiteTV, some new information has emerged regarding the characters who will appear in the pilot episode of Constantine. Four characters are currently being cast, the first of which is (unsurprisingly) John Constantine himself. Without a casting breakdown it’s difficult to say who they’ll be looking for, but previously we’ve suggested an Elementary-style set-up with a British Constantine travelling through America, as he did duringĀ Brian Azzarello’s run of “Hellblazer” comics.

Chas Chandler in Hellblazer New Constantine TV Show Character Names Revealed

Next on the list of characters to be cast is Chas AKA Frank William Chandler, Constantine’s best and longest-surviving friend and right-hand man. Chas is a middle-aged London cab driver and family man, so naturally in the 2005 movie he was played by Shia LaBeouf. He’s more or less essential casting for Constantine, but as with John there’s no telling how close he’ll be to the original character from the comics, or whether the writers will choose a younger or older version of him.

The last two names on the list seem to be original characters created for the show: “Manny” and “Liv.” Not much to go on there, but there’s a not-insignificant likelihood that Liv will be one of Constantine’s many love interests. Then again, if they stay true to the comics then Manny could be in with a chance as well.

According to the report, Constantine is currently vying for a place in NBC’s 2014/2015 schedule, which will be announced in May. If it gets settled for a fall 2014 premiere then it shouldn’t be too long before we start hearing casting announcements.


Constantine is expected to air on NBC in 2014/2015.

Source: KSiteTV

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  1. Manny…could be a name for either gender. Would they dare explore John’s bisexuality?

    Cautiously optimistic either way. Just a shame if they can’t cross over with the Sandman movie or potential Swamp Thing show/movie if they decide to make one.

  2. I have been asking for this TV show a really long time but now that there is talk about it I am kind of dreading the outcome. I hear people saying “It can’t be that PG junk that the New 52 gave us!” or “There had better be sex and violence.” I just wanted a good anti hero TV show that had magic in it but if it will have all that then I could care less.

  3. no way nbc will do a good of this book. this is an hbo story.

  4. The guy who did Draco Malfoy should do it. Not even kidding.

  5. Did the Keanu Reeves Constantine suck? I don’t remember if I’ve even seen it.

    • It was actually a pretty good movie, it just didn’t feel much like a Hellblazer movie.

  6. This has to happen! can’t wait. it needs violence because that is one element to it that shows up a lot.

  7. Is this the same character from Justice League Dark? It doesn’t mention it but is this the one who dates Zantanna and tries to get the books of magic?

  8. The protagonist of Constantine should be the same as in the movie released in 2005!
    Otherwise will loose the spirit that Keanu Reaves gave to the caracter.

  9. Welsh actor Matt Ryan will be playing John Constantine (with the blond hair). He isn’t English but at least he’s a Brit. And apparently Papa Midnite will be the main antagonist in this rendition. Should be interesting. I am looking forward to the series.

  10. I think it will fail…sounds like touched by an angel. Constantine is politically subversive…I don’t think NBC is willing to bit the hand that feeds it.

  11. John Constantine in the series acts like a babbling idiot. Matt Ryan is terrible as Constantine, just terrible – a babbling quack. Doesn’t hold a candle to the way Reeves played the character.