Constantine

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Constantine Gets A Friday Night Timeslot On NBC

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Prepare to set your DVRs, folks, as NBC has announced its 2014-15 schedule where David Goyer’s Constantine will have a Friday night timeslot.

Constantine will air Fridays at 10pm ET following Grimm on NBC.

NBC has also launched the official Constantine website.

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. – “CONSTANTINE”

CONSTANTINE

Based on the wildly popular DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight – or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, “True Blood”), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” – an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences – is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.

The cast also includes Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford.

Writer Daniel Cerone (“The Mentalist,” “Dexter”) serves as executive producer with David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “The Dark Knight Rises”). “Constantine” is produced from Bonanza Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The show is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.

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Constantine Gets A Full Series From NBC & New Image

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It’s learned that David Goyer’s Constantine series has been ordered for a full series by NBC.

Constantine is based on the DC Comics comic book and character of the same name.

Goyer, serving as executive producer on Constantine, also wrote the Batman Dark Knight movies, Man of Steel, Batman Vs. Superman and most likely is writing Justice League.

The series centers on Constantine as he struggles with his faith while haunted by the sins of his past but is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness (via THR). 

Matt Ryan is set to play Constantine.

Earlier also saw news of the CW ordering full series for The Flash and iZombie, as well as Fox with Gotham.

Update: A new image has also been released:

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First Look At Constantine TV Series Cast

An image from the set of Constantine gives us our first look at the cast from the new NBC series.

We see Matt Ryan as the titular character as well as some of the creators and rest of the cast.

Neil Marshall is directing the pilot, with David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone behind the series.

Updated: with official image from NBC.

“I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985. This Constantine, envisioned by Neil Marshall and embodied by Matt Ryan, looks like he sprang directly from the comics’ covers. Fans old and new are going to be in for a treat,” said executive producer David S. Goyer in a statement. 

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Constantine stars UK native Matt Ryan (Layer Cake, The Tudors, Torchwood) and 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.

The Constantine pilot is executive produced by Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist, Dexter) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight films, Man of Steel). Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) is directing from a teleplay by Daniel Cerone, with story by Daniel Cerone & David S. Goyer.

Constantine is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, and is based upon characters published by DC Comics.

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NBC Constantine TV Series Adds Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrineau & Charles Halford

The NBC Constantine TV series has added three more to its cast with Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford.

Deadline has it that Lucy Griffiths, known for True Blood, will play Liv, the daughter of Constantine’s late friend who gets targeted by demons. She has the ability to see the supernatural world, which makes her a key player in the battle between good and evil.

Harold Perrineau, known for playing Michael on Lost, will play Manny, described as Constantine’s guardian angel who can step into bodies. Though Manny is not supposed to interfere, it’s said he won’t hesitate to help out if he can save a life.

Charles Halford, of True Detective, is playing Constantine’s oldest friend with Chas, who might possess supernatural powers of his own.

The three join Matt Ryan as Constantine.

Constantine looks to begin filming soon in Atlanta, Georgia with David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone behind the series.

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Matt Ryan Cast As Constantine For David Goyer NBC TV Series

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Matt Ryan has been cast as Constantine in the new NBC TV series from Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer and Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone.

Ryan, an English actor, is known for roles on Criminal Minds as well as the voice and motion capture of Edward Kenway in the Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag video game.

Constantine is described as having studied the occult for some time, and when the daughter of a late friend is targeted by Demons, he steps in to save her. The comic books describe Constantine as a magician, con-man and detective.

Cerone is writing the script with Goyer executive producing Constantine, and Neill Marshall (Game of Thrones) is directing the pilot.

Constantine has previously been described as scary, dark and interesting by an NBC executive.

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Constantine TV Series Is Scary, Dark & Interesting

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Last week, NBC greenlit a pilot for David Goyer’s new Constantine series, and now an NBC executive offers his take on the show.

IGN caught up with NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt who offered Constantine has “dark, interesting stuff in it, but it’s also got some witty banter,” as well as adding, “it’s a fun tone, although the supernatural stuff is scary.”

David Goyer is executive producing Constantine along with The Mentalist‘s Daniel Cerone.

The series is described as centering on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.

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David Goyer’s Constantine Gets A Pilot

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Back last September it became known that NBC had picked up a Constantine TV series.

Now it’s learned from Deadline that NBC has ordered a pilot.

The new Constantine TV series will be put together by The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone and Man of Steel and Batman Vs. Superman writer David S. Goyer.

The series is described as centering on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.

Comic book fans will note that Constantine is a member of the Justice League: Dark, which has a movie in development. Last Guillermo del Toro updated in regards to that is that the JLD movie and the Constantine TV series would both move forward alongside one another.

Other WB/DC TV news today includes that Batman and the Batman villains will be featured in the Fox Gotham series.

Goyer is also behind the Starz original series, Da Vinci’s Demons, so Constantine should be pretty good.

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Justice League Dark Moving Forward Alongside Constantine TV Series

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It’s been a while since we heard anything related to the Guillermo Del Toro Justice League Dark movie, but the director now offers that it is still in development.

Last month saw news of a Constantine TV series being developed for NBC, which apparently will not put the breaks on the movie.

Speaking with IGN, Guillermo Del Toro offers Justice League Dark “is still active” and can co-exist along with the Constantine TV series.

We talked about it at DC and Warners, and I feel confident that the two properties can exist at the same time. I think that DC is trying to create a great universe of characters, and expand it and make it clear to the audience that it’s a landscape of characters, and not just one that’s dependent on one or two characters.

Last we heard about Justice League Dark was that Del Toro is waiting on a certain writer (speculated to be Batman Vs. Superman writer and the Constantine TV series scribe David Goyer), and the report offers a small update in that the movie is still be written, but doesn’t have a full script.

Some previous tidbits for Justice League Dark include that it will feature some of the more supernatural characters from the DC Comics including Constantine, Deadman, Swamp Thing, Etrigan and Zatanna. Guillermo Del Toro even offered The Floronic Man could be a villain.

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WB Developing Constantine TV Series By David Goyer

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Constantine joins the likes of Arrow, The Flash and Gotham as the latest to be adapted for television.

Deadline has it that Warner Bros. is moving forward with a Constantine TV series from Batman Vs. Superman writer David Goyer and Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone.

The new Constantine series is being picked up by NBC.

Constantine is said to be a part of the Justice League Dark movie that is in development with Guillermo Del Toro attached. There is no update regarding the movie or if the new TV series will replace it or air along with it.

Warner Bros. recently announced The Flash will appear in three episodes of Arrow before getting his own spinoff series. Most recently WB announced a new Batman prequel series with Gotham that focuses on Jim Gordon as a detective before he met the Dark Knight.

Goyer recently developed the DaVinci’s Demons series on Starz, which is a great take on the character reminiscent of Batman and Sherlock Holmes, so Goyer on Constantine should do pretty well.

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Exclusive Interview: Ray Fawkes Discusses What We Do And Do Not Know About DC’s Pandora

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Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer fairly jumped on the chance to sit down with the scribe exclusively when his new title, Trinity of Sin: Pandora, was announced to ask questions about this mysterious force of nature that (at least supposedly) rebooted the DCU by her lonesome, as well as appearing in all the initial New 52 #1’s!

Cosmic Book News: As I understand it, this is your first solo gig on an ongoing. So how did you come to be the scribe on Trinity of Sin: Pandora?

Ray FawkesNot by anything but the most straightforward means, I’m afraid. Editorial at DC knows that I’m very into the “Dark” corner of the DCU, and when the notion of a Pandora title came up, they asked if I’d pitch on it. I did, they liked what they saw, and we were off to the races.

CBN: Since she is part of the “Trinity” and knowing Phantom Stranger is connected to this and has his own title, will we see The Question again?

Ray Fawkes: Absolutely, yes. The Question will be playing a role in the upcoming Trinity War, and you may see him in the pages of Trinity of Sin: Pandora as well. That said, I’m sure that all three members of the Trinity of Sin have better things to do than hang around with each other. They’ve all known one another for thousands of years, and I don’t imagine they’d be very chummy.

CBN: As we know it now, Pandora is responsible for rebooting the DCU into the New 52. What challenges will be facing a character who is so powerful?

Ray Fawkes: Is that what we know? Why not let Pandora tell her side of the story before we make any decisions about what she did or didn’t do and how powerful, exactly, she is?

I’ll say this: make no assumptions. The truth is stranger than it looks, and Pandora has been made into “the face” of more than one universe-shattering event. The girl’s got a reputation, and readers will get the chance to decide whether or not she deserves it.

CBN: Can I assume the coming of Pandora’s book will lead into or connect with the Trinity War event? How?

Ray Fawkes: It will, yes, and the series is closely tied to the events of Trinity War and the lasting effects they will have on the DC Universe. I’d rather not say exactly how at this point, if only to preserve the mystery. I will say this: In the first issue of her own title, Pandora is going to pull a deadly ripcord that arguably causes the ignition of the Trinity War.

CBN: Pandora once said she would be using the Justice League as a means to her end. Can you hint at how this comes about?

Ray Fawkes: All I will say is that nobody is safe from her. She — and, arguably, the whole world — has suffered for millennia thanks to the crime she’s been blamed for, and she thinks she’s found a way to fix everything. The stakes are so high that there’s nobody she won’t consider making use of, if necessary – and there’s nobody she won’t consider wiping out if they get in her way.

CBN: How big a part will Pandora’s famed box play in her story? How did/does Batman get possession of it?

Ray Fawkes: It’s the source of all her troubles in this universe, and it may prove to be their solution as well. It’s what the first part of her story is all about.

And Batman’s tricky, isn’t he?

CBN: Will either the Phantom Stranger or the Question be taking part in Pandora’s adventures?

Ray Fawkes: Pandora is inextricably tied to both the Phantom Stranger and the Question — that’s been true ever since they were originally cursed, so long ago — and it will likely prove to be true for the remainder of their existence. Like I said before, I don’t see them hanging out or working together, exactly, but they can’t help but cross paths again and again. Long answer short: yes, they will play a part.

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Ray Fawkes: I don’t think of Pandora as a villain, but many of the characters who come across her are likely to disagree. In my opinion, she’s a deeply tragic character, and blood and pain follow her. My hope is that readers who get a chance to see things from her point of view will see her as a complicated character — perhaps misguided at times, perhaps a bit mad…or perhaps one of the only really sane people in the entire DC Universe.

The Seven Deadly Sins are major characters in Trinity of Sin: Pandora, and you will see other adversaries as well. Some of the adversaries are villains you already know – and some are heroes you know as well.

CBN: Tell me about the art of Daniel Sampere?

Ray Fawkes: Daniel’s doing an incredible job on what must, frankly, be a difficult book. The beginning of Trinity of Sin: Pandora requires that Daniel depict varied scenes that cover the entire DC Universe, and he’s killing it. I can’t wait until readers get a chance to see the great work he’s doing!

CBN: Any current or future projects you’d like to mention?

I do hope readers are already reading Constantine— they may be surprised to see how his actions impact the DC Universe in the near future as well!

Cosmic Book News would like to thank Ray Fawkes for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. Thanks also to DC Comics’ Alex Segura and Alex Nagorski who helped make this interview possible.

“Trinity of Sin: Pandora” #1 from DC hits shelves June 19th

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The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for 3/20/2013

The Top of the Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

 

This is a “quick pick” look at the Top 5 comics that EVERYONE should be reading this week! Whether it’s rife with characterization, filled with emotional strife, has a bevy of high octane battle sequences or is just a plain ol’ great read — these books belong at the “Top Of The Pile!” (In no particular order!)

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1. Harbinger #10(Valiant): The Harbinger Wars storyline begins within the pages of this very book! Our heroes are beaten and overwhelmed but all you need is Faith to get you through the toughest of times. This series is one of the most compelling, action packed and emotional stories on the shelves today so, why isn’t it on your pull list? Well, if you don’t know — what are you waiting for!

 

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2. G.I. Joe: Special Missions #1(IDW): This used to be one of my favorite series back when I was a little DOC and now, thanks to IDW and -the legend himself- Chuck Dixon, it can be a favorite again! Centering on select groups of the “All American Heroes”, this series gets fans reconnected to the Joes and can focus on their individual talents. So, grab some gumbo and a Yo Joe Cola and get ready for some nostalgia!

 

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3. Superior Spider-Man #6(Marvel): The most controversial series on the stands today, Dan Slott continues to push the envelope with his hero/villain tale. This issue introduces two jokester villains, Jester and Screwball, that get a kick out of mocking heroes. Too bad good ol’ Doc Ock/Spidey isn’t a fan of a joke at his expense! Plus, this issue sees the return of fan favorite Humberto Ramos on artistic chores! 

 

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4. Constantine #1(DC): Okay, this isn’t the Hellblazer book from Vertigo that we all knew and loved, but it is the New 52 version of everyone’s favorite con man — John Constantine! What makes this series even better is the fact that it is being written by fan favorite scribe Jeff Lemire! Known for dark and completely engrossing tales, Lemire(Green Arrow, Sweet Tooth, Animal Man, Justice League Dark) is sure to get those heart rates pounding with a tale of black magic, demons and more than a little sleight of hand! Plus, no Keanu Reeves, folks!

 

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5. All New X-Men #9(Marvel): Bendis may be missing the mark with his jaunt into the cosmic realm but this series revolving around the original X-Men traveling to the future to set things right, is pitch perfect! The juxtaposition between the past and the future, young and old, hero and villain is done with astounding ease and reminds us what great comics are supposed to look like. Mystique and Sabertooth try to sway the naive young Scott Summers to take down his future (current) self in an issue that reminds me of the good ol’ Chris Claremont days! 

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DC Cancels Hellblazer With #300; Launches New 52 Constantine

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If your head is spinning after reading the headline it’s not because you might have – vertigo – it’s actually because you do not!

DC Comics has announced that with issue #300 of Hellblazer they will be cancelling the Vertigo title and relaunching with Constantine #1 as part of the New 52 in March.

DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio let loose the following:

“We’re supremely proud of Vertigo’s HELLBLAZER, one of the most critically-acclaimed series we’ve published. Issue #300 concludes this chapter of Constantine’s epic, smoke-filled story in style and with the energy, talent and creativity fans have come to expect from Peter Milligan, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Landini. And no one should worry that John is going to hang-up his trenchcoat – he lives on in March, in the pages of the all-new DC Comics New 52 ongoing series, CONSTANTINE, by writer Robert Venditti and artist Renato Guedes.”

Venditti is currently writing X-O Manowar #1 for Valiant Comics.