‘Constantine’: Lucy Griffith’s Liv Will Be Dropped After the Pilot

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There has been a lot of talk lately about how comic book adaptations are finally taking over TV, after dominating the big screen box office these last five years or so. This fall will not only see the return of favorites such as Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but also the premiere of its spinoffs, The Flash and Agent Carter, as well as the debut of new series like Gotham and Constantine.

Based on the DC Comics title Hellblazer, Constantine has already been adapted once before as a 2005 film starring Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz and a young Shia LaBeouf. But while the film was generally well-received, in the end it failed to satisfy fans who thought too much had been changed from page to screen.

NBC’s new series, on the other hand, has been praised for being much more faithful to the original comic, judging by images of its star Matt Ryan in the role, plot details from the script and the already released full-length trailer. And today’s latest casting change, which will introduce an original character from the comics, should make fans even happier.

According to THR, Constantine female lead Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) – who played Liv, a woman with the ability to see the supernatural world among us – has left the show after creators decided to move the overall story in a different direction. She will still appear in (at least) the pilot that has already been filmed, but her character will then be written out at a later date.

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Instead, the as yet uncast comic book character Zed will join the series in an early episode as a foil for John Constantine. In the comics, Zed uses her psychic powers to help Constantine save his niece Gemma before becoming his right-hand woman and romantic interest. She’ll be just the first of many additional characters from Hellblazer and the occult DC universe to appear on the series.

A lot of times, a change in creative direction for a series this far into production can seem like a problem, but for Constantine this could be a step in the right direction as it gets back to its roots. Having a character at odds with the lead should prove much more interesting than one who is just along for the ride.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you excited about this change and what it could mean for Constantine?

Constantine premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 @10pm on NBC.

Source: THR

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  1. If the leaked pilot was any indication – it’ll take more than a female lead change to take this show beyond 10 episodes.

    • I thought the pilot was great and the only part that irked me was the Liv actor’s acting. She was not convincing at all so this move should help.

      • I agree

    • He was exspressing an opinion, not trolling.
      Also! if your going to comment here, could you please find the time to take a basic english lesson, as your child like grasp of grammar and punctuation, is difficult to decipher.

    • Agents of SHIELD was going to have a whole first season anyway, regardless of ratings.

  2. Now, while I do like this development, I think that she was a valuable audience proxy, who may have been a very compelling character.

    • I watched the leaked pilot, and she was good in it, serving as “a valuable audience proxy”. Plus, it helped that she reminded me of Rachel Weisz. It’ll be interesting to see how they write her out, the pilot seemed to set up her character with big things to come, she basically plays the same role Weisz did in the movie, with a little origin twist.

  3. Why do you guys at ScreenRant never mention when something has already leaked online? I find that very strange. You do this with everything as if it never even exists. You guys act as if most of the people who are interested in this story wouldn’t also like to know about the fact that they can go see this pilot for themselves. Seriously, any chance of a response? I’ve been wondering this for a very long time.

    Anyway, I liked the actor and the character and I think it’s a shame she’s not being kept in the show. I don’t really see any reason other than lazy writers for why she can’t be kept. As much as I liked the pilot, it still had its problems and she isn’t one of them.

    • Why would we announce to people that certain movies or TV episodes are available to illegally torrent? That sounds like a brilliant way to get on the bad side of studios.

      • There is a difference between announcing it as a news article and acknowledging it excists.

      • But reporting on leaked info a studio would probably rather keep under-wraps won’t… get you on the bad side of a studio?

        • Yeah, the two above me already said what I was thinking. News is news. A leaked pilot for a hotly anticipated film/tv show doesn’t have to be advocated to be acknowledged and mentioned in a report.

          When you dance around the subject like you did here, “NBC’s new series, on the other hand, has been praised for being much more faithful to the original comic, judging by images of its star Matt Ryan in the role, plot details from the script and the already released full-length trailer.” it is disingenuous at best. Seriously, what you’re trying to say is “The leaked pilot was the shizzle” but your response to a legitimate question is, “We’re chicken to piss of the studios on leaked material” but you’ll report on any and every other type of leak, including leaked scripts and leaked photos. Doesn’t build confidence in your brand when other sites don’t hold back anything from us.

          • “Yeah, the two above me already said what I was thinking. News is news. A leaked pilot for a hotly anticipated film/tv show doesn’t have to be advocated to be acknowledged and mentioned in a report.”

            That’s not how you phrased it at all. You said, and I paraphrase, “Why you don’t you have an alert system to let fans know when they can download leaked episodes of an upcoming TV show?” We’ve reported on leaked things before when we felt like it was warranted, I guess we just didn’t feel like it was warranted this time.

            “When you dance around the subject like you did here, “NBC’s new series, on the other hand, has been praised for being much more faithful to the original comic, judging by images of its star Matt Ryan in the role, plot details from the script and the already released full-length trailer.” it is disingenuous at best.”

            No, it’s not. Sarah’s very clearly only referring to the officially released media and how the Internet has reacted to it.

            “Seriously, what you’re trying to say is ‘The leaked pilot was the shizzle’”

            No, we’re not, because that wouldn’t even be true. The response from those who have seen the leaked episode – and critics who have seen it through legal channels – has been tepid at best.

            It’s valid that we could’ve reported the leaks as news – there would be nothing wrong with doing so – but speaking of things being disingenuous, that’s not what you were saying in your initial post. And I quote, “You guys act as if most of the people who are interested in this story wouldn’t also like to know about the fact that they can go see this pilot for themselves.” I mean, own it, man, if you’re going to say it.

            • And the thing is, Ben’s right here and personally, I tried to see the leaked pilot but when I found out it was only available on illegal torrent sites, I chose to stay away so no, not everyone here has seen the episode and articles like this help without ruining it for people who have to/choose to wait.

              You guys seem to forget that sites like this and journalists in general have embargoes to uphold. Transformers only released today in the UK, despite being widely available for general audiences to watch since last week (under the “advance preview” excuse) but professional film critics have been unable to release their reviews of the film until today, the official release. If they did, they could face being banned from ever attending a press screening in advance of any other release from that studio in future (and it’s happened before).

              Screen Rant is an independent film site (even says so at the top of every page) and thus relies more on good will between studio and journalist.

              It’s called journalistic professionalism, Steven. Anything leaked by a third party is fair game because there’s a chance it could be fake or wrongly interpreted but an entire episode of a TV show being leaked in advance is illegal and I can imagine whoever leaked it will be or already has received a pink slip.

              • Studio’s have also been known to “accidentally” leak promotional materials (and even full scenes or episodes) to gauge the opinion of the fan base. You don’t find it too coincidental that the biggest complaint from those that have watched the pilot happens to be the one character that was hastily replaced two months before the show is set to release? The government does the same thing with their “accidental” leaks. A leaked episode is not going to drive up site visits significantly enough to justify any sort of TMZ-style payout. If no one is getting paid for the leak, there is no upside to putting it out there. Do you really think JJ Abrams invited Kevin Smith to the set of Star Wars VII without fully understanding that he would talk about the Millennium Falcon? Or that Kevin Smith was also able to confirm details about BvS when he isn’t officially associated with either of the movies? Studios use him as a walking fanboy billboard (possibly the greatest “job” on the planet, btw).

                SR does occasionally handle leaks awkwardly, but I don’t think the site’s ultimate decision to avoid the subject is misplaced.

    • Probably because they don’t condone piracy.

  4. I’ve yet to see the pilot, but this news saddens me. Only because I’ve been a fan of Lucy since I saw her in the BBC’s Robin Hood, which was a great show.

    Changes this far along are cause for concern, too.

  5. This news just irritates me.. The entire pilot is centred around Liv, and to then abandon that story arc completely invalidates the pilot! As much as I enjoyed the pilot, I actually wish they’d just start over if they’re dropping Liv, because it’ll make the pilot seem so very disconnected from the rest of the series, as every single thing that happens, the world building, the character development, it’ll have no bearing at all on the series as a whole.. I really think if this is the way they’re going, making decisions like this so late in the day, then we’ll be lucky to get a second season.

    • Exactly, all the pilot did, was set up her character to take on bigger things to come!

      • Completely! I thought Lucy Griffith did a decent job, and the dynamic between the two characters was great.. I find this so disappointing, and almost like bad fan service.

    • Seriously her character was and still is a stand out for the Pilot. How can you just introduce a character, and then drop her in the second episode? Seriously? You took allllll that time in the premiere to set her up and build her story… smfh…

  6. Who cares, just bring back the cigarettes…

    • Yeah..those we need !

      Watched the Pilot and I must say,a lot of things could be changed for the better !
      The whole show does not feel mature enough ,but it was still worth a watch !

      His coat is too clean,he is too clean,and he is too … nice with him self !
      There is not much character time,more like action and moving all the time !

      A couple of times u get a hint on the cigs,in one scene he is even putting a cig butt into a ashtray ! But yeah…i found the direction was not as good as it could be,considering Hannibal is on the same channel !

      Sadly !

  7. The story doesn’t make it clear if it was Griffith’s choice to leave or if her character was written out of existence by the show crew. THR would indicate the later, but it’s not entirely clear cut either.

  8. Let’s just say we can forget all about it if you give me that shiny gold helmet over there gatherin’ dust & we’ll call it even, ya?

    For real, though, having Zed in the show is an excellent idea. Now give Johnny a wooden cigarette or an E-Cig already; just get him smokin’ one way or another or this show will need an incantation or two…

  9. Taking away the cigs was a huge mistake. It’s part of the character in a big way. It’s kind of like a Rogue that can’t fly….. This version of Constantine may be interesting but it’s not the character from the books without the smokes. Just my opinion but it’s enough of a change that I won’t watch the show.

  10. Who gives a flying phuck! Constatine won’t last past 1 Season and will easily be forgotten lol it’s NBC guys

  11. God…I hope NBC cancels this only for it to be picked up by an APPROPRIATE network like AMC, FX, or HBO. I’ve seen the pilot and the show has a lot of potential.

    • you left out shotime … look at penny dreadful .. shotime hbo fx or amc all would be a better choice you’re right though .. its sad that NBC took this cause i am not even remotely interested horrible casting horrible everything

  12. Zed’s dead baby, Zed’s dead.

  13. I think it’s sad to see Lucy Griffith go. She’s a great actress from the shows I have watched her in and I would have enjoyed her in this too. So I really wish this wasn’t true. I hope they don’t out right kill her off. This way the door is left open so she can return.

    Now onto what I think is the real big news. It says other occult members will join the show. If this allows Etrigan the demon, Swamp Thing, Zatanna, Deadman, Dr. Fate, Raven, Madame Xanadu & Spectre. This will be really great news.

  14. IMO a reactionary and unhelpful (for the show) move by the show runners. It would have been better to develop the character over a few episodes. *Then* if it wasn’t coming together steps could have been taken to write her out.

  15. Her acting sucked but she was hot, I don’t know how I feel about this.

  16. I really like Lucy in the pilot, so think it’s a mistake to write her out. I actually did not like the actress who plays Zed at all… Strange choice..