Whereas live-action TV adaptations of comic books were once both rare and mostly unsuccessful - for every Incredible Hulk and Smallville, there was Generation X, Birds of Prey, Justice League of America, and Blade - now the genre is easily one of the most popular.
Obviously there's Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which are both currently on the air, but there are also a number of adaptations in development: The Flash, Gotham, iZombie, Hourman, Preacher, The Defenders, and Constantine, among others.
Speaking of Constantine, news has recently been ramping up for the upcoming NBC pilot. Last week, writer/producer David S. Goyer talked about what we can expect from the show, and a couple weeks before that, Matt Ryan (the voice of Assassin's Creed 4 protagonist Edward Kenway) was cast as John Constantine himself.
And now we have the first official image of Ryan in full Constantine costume. Check it out below:
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It's pretty safe to say that Ryan looks like the spitting image - or about as close as anyone can reasonably expect - of his comic book counterpart. He has the hair (blondish), the trenchcoat, the five o'clock shadow, and the inability to tighten his tie or button up his collar. What more can you ask for?
In the image, Constantine also seems to be literally smoking. David Goyer recently indicated that the character's signature cigarette habit (which eventually caused him to contract lung cancer in the comics) was "tricky" for network television and that they were "negotiating" its inclusion. Could this be a hint that Goyer and company won? Or is just a meaningless Photoshop effect?
Here's the official description of the show:
'Constantine' follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-
detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond.
Alas, there's still a ways to go before we can begin to seriously look forward to Constantine being a part of NBC's 2014/2015 lineup. It may seem like a sure thing at this point - after all, David Goyer is producing and Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, Descent) is directing the first episode - but many supposed sure-thing pilots have been sent packing before (e.g., the Beverly Hills Cop reboot/sequel series).
If the show does get picked up, we can expect Constantine to go up against the villainous Papa Midnite - a Voodoo priest, crime boss, and all around bad guy - throughout the first season, per a recent report. Does that sound good to you, Constantine fans? How do you feel about Matt Ryan as John Constantine? Drop us a line in the comments.
Constantine is expected to air in Fall 2014 on NBC.
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