Our new batch of comic book-based television shows has arrived, with Fox’s Gotham premiering to big ratings, the CW’s Arrow spinoff The Flash bowing to similarly strong numbers, and fans now turning their curiosity to the October 24th premiere of NBC’s Hellblazer adaptation, Constantine.
We’ve seen plenty of different trailers and even a Grimm cross-promotional featurette in the run up to the show’s debut, and with the pilot episode to be screened at New York Comic-Con 2014 later today, fans have been granted a new TV spot and images of a long-time comic book character we won’t meet on the show until after the first episode.
The new spot, which you can watch above, introduces Zed Martin (Angélica Celaya), who readers of the comic books know as a psychic and former (romantic) partner of John Constantine (Matt Ryan). Described as having “a very dark past,” this version of Zed will apparently have the powers of her comic book counterpart, as well as a complicated relationship with Constantine.
Executive Producer Daniel Cerone told E! Online that they were looking for a different kind of relationship than the one between Constantine and Liv, the character from the pilot played by Lucy Griffiths, who departed the show before the series began, leaving the showrunners with a bit of a challenge on their hands. Whether Zed was intended to play as large a part in the story (or at least this soon) is something the writers will likely keep to themselves, but no matter how Liv is written out, all the enthusiasm is being placed towards Zed:
“She’s someone who can go toe-to-toe with John, and that’s ultimately something we felt like we needed. We wanted a more dynamic relationship, as opposed to someone who is a teacher/mentor and a student. It just didn’t feel as fertile and rich of an area as just a strong a man and a strong woman who are both very different.”
Executive Producer and DC Universe architect David S. Goyer echoed this sentiment of taking the overall story in a different direction, and one that he sees as potentially more interesting, or less familiar than the structure Liv would have offered (and the role of ‘uneducated newcomer to the real of magic’ has since been filled):
“Liv is a great character. She’s very wide-eyed, she’s very reactive, she doesn’t have powers, and when we started to look at the story, we thought this is a character who is always going to be reactive.”
The showrunners clearly intend for the character of Zed to be more of an equal and romantic foil to Constantine, which overall sounds like a faithful rendering of their relationship in the source material. See below for more stills of Zed in Constantine.
Given this new promo’s title of ‘Trust’ and Constantine’s line about those who trust in him usually dying off (a theme proven true by the comic book source material) it’s safe to expect Constantine to explore this aspect of John and Zed’s relationship. The man is a magnet for trouble, and if he is forced onto the front lines of an impending war between the forces of good and evil, he will have to decide if having her as an ally – including their complicated history – is worth the constant danger to her life. Or, for that matter, his own.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for coverage of the Constantine panel at NYCC later today.
Constantine premieres on Friday, October 24th at 10/9c, on NBC.
Source: E! Online