New ‘Constantine’ TV Show Pilot Details

Published 6 months ago by , Updated April 4th, 2014 at 1:11 pm,

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Constantine TV Show Plot Details New Constantine TV Show Pilot Details

Courtesy of Shock Till You Drop, the relevant details are below:

  • At the beginning of the first episode, Constantine has checked himself into a psychiatric institution after witnessing a 9-year-old girl have her soul taken to hell by a demon. When he checks himself out, he’s been there for six months.
  • Constantine “is a clever wise-ass” who “masks his emotions with humor.” Hopefully, he’s more deadpan than, say, boisterously sarcastic.
  • In the TV version of Constantine, Papa Midnite will be Cuban instead of Jamaican. Apparently, he can “dream the future” and when we meet him, he’s “doing a lot of cocaine because he has to stay awake.” For what reason? It doesn’t say. Though we do know that Midnite will be the primary villain of the show – for at least the first season.
  • A regular girl named Liv Parsons – seemingly a vehicle to help viewers understand this supernatural world – discovers that something nefarious is coming for her. She teams up with Constantine, who used to be friends with her dead father and owes him a debt. Their team-up will apparently form the basis of the show.
  • Constantine has an angel named Manny “assigned” to him to “help ease his soul into damnation.” Which seemingly confirms that his background will be similar to that of his comic book counterpart. In the comics, Constantine stopped a demon from taking the soul of a dying friend. For this, the demon promised to send Constantine to hell when he died.
  • In the first episode, we’ll see all kinds of supernatural craziness, including “possessions, ghosts [...] and demons.”
  • We’ll also meet “Chaz” – Constatine’s driver – a “tall, sensitive, quiet type” with a lot of knowledge about the supernatural. In the comics, his name is “Chas” Chandler, who was previously played by Shia LaBeouf in the 2005 Keanu Reeves film.
  • And now for the most important thing: Constantine won’t be wearing his famous trenchcoat…at first. But he will eventually. So don’t get too up-in-arms.

Shock Till You Drop’s Ryan Turek also indicates that the script gives off major Sleepy Hollow (as in, the Fox TV show) vibes, and that it needs to do more “story-wise” to differentiate itself from that show and Supernatural. While nobody wants a ripoff of those shows, I can’t help but think I’d be pretty happy if NBC made a Constantine series as good as either of them at their best.

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Questions about the series, of course, still remain: Will John Constantine smoke, which is pretty integral to the character’s story? (In the comics, he gets cancer and has to figure out some way to avoid dying and going to hell.) Will he run into any other DC characters – perhaps Zatanna, his once-girlfriend from the comics? Will the series crossover with other DC comic book TV shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham? We’ll have to wait for the show to air to find out…though that last one seems most unlikely.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Do the details of the pilot sound good to you? Are you looking forward to seeing John Constantine on the small screen for the first time? Drop us a line in the comments.

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Constantine is expected to air in Fall 2014 on NBC.

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  1. Hope he gets the trencoat quick as in…at the end of the first episode. I wanna see it right away. He isn’t Constantine without it or his cigarette. Exited for the show but the Sleepy Hollow and Supenatural comparisons scare me. Don’t want a ripoff of those. Goyer involvement scares me too.

  2. for gotham they wont be able to do cross overs endless they do a episode where it goes back in time .. but i can possibly see a arrow or the flash cross over although i dont think there smart enough for whatever reason i think arrow and the flash are goona have cross overs but this wont just cause CW & NBC are there own brands … the networks would gain more viewers possibly on each show by doing cross overs though

  3. “….after witnessing a 9-year-old girl have her soul taken to hell by a demon.”

    Any random 9 year old girl or will it be his sister like in the comics? Plus it was all his fault because he was messing around with seances and ouija boards with his punk band, which is part of the reason he learns to use magic properly and fight demons due to his own guilt.

    Excited either way and honestly, I’m not worried about someone seeing it as a Sleepy Hollow ripoff because this is one person’s opinion and it was only the first episode being described. Has to find its feet first. Arrow started as a kind of Smallville style show until it found its feet and became THE comic book show to watch with all kinds of greatness (still excited thanks to last night’s Suicide Squad episode, that Harley Quinn cameo….).

    So yeah, not worried at all.

    • I was wondering the same thing actually. I hope that they’re just leaving it a surprise for the audience. Not sure why they’d pass up an opportunity to give his character a backstory with that much heart.

  4. keeping my fingers crossed that this show is more supernatural horror than anything else. too many programs have comedy and i wouldnt mind a change. im not saying get rid of comedy but i would rather it be a horror show.

    happy its being made into a tv show rather than a movie because they dont feel as restricted as they would with movies. studios are always trying to put their own spin on things and its annoying. i dont think it will use muh cgi

    • If you can, check out Inside No. 9 or Psychoville. They have the dark humour I expect from this show.

  5. I am hoping this show ends up working out in the end because I love the Constantine comics. We shall see though

  6. Difficult to glamourize a character smoking when he’s dying of cancer and struggling to keep himself out of hell. Integral to the character and not an advertisement anyone wants for a product. Why the issue?

  7. Biggest Questions is will he SMOKE ???
    And of course hope its good !

    Need him smoking !

  8. No smoking
    No trenchcoat
    No friends dying due to him being well a twat
    No sarcasm

    Equals me passing on the show and sticking to the comics
    If all of the above are in then lets get the party started.

    • * No smoking…..yet. We don’t know, he might.

      * No trenchcoat….yet. Notice they said “yet” as in “he’ll get it at some point”. Why would he need it if he just got out of an asylum?

      * No friends dying…..yet. They only saw a preview of the episode 1 script.

      * No sarcasm…..yet. We don’t know, again, it’s an early preview.

      I also have no idea how you got a pretty offensive word in that post (the T word) and it passed the censors. Not that it offends me (there’s literally not a single word I haven’t used in both positive and negative connotations and in regular conversation) but still, hopefully SR pick up on that in case someone sees it and does complain.

      • Yeah I just noticed that myself, good catch, thought it would end up scrambled, woops my bad.
        But the word is fitting to the character and that is how it was meant.

        And like I said if those 4 points are in it might be a very good show.
        I simply have an issue with movie/tv studios changing characters way too much, mind you I do love what they did with Arrow.

        Still keeping my fingers crossed that they maybe someday when all the stars align and everyone wins the lottery and hell has a snow day that they add the whole Ollie/Hal (Green Arrow/Green Lantern) friendship.

  9. I don’t know how it is in the old comic book series, but in the New 52 Justice League Dark, that trenchcoat is not always Constantine’s. It belonged to Nick Necro, who apparently also taught Constantine all the hocus pocus alongside Zatanna. Nick Necro returned later in the series as a villain. Not sure if the show will be following that particular storyline, but it is strange that they had to point out that Constantine won’t be wearing the trenchcoat for a while.

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