‘Constantine’ Trailer: NBC Finds Their Comic Book Adaptation, Finally

By  · Published on May 12th, 2014

‘Constantine’ Trailer: NBC Finds Their Comic Book Adaptation, Finally


ABC has already gotten into the Marvel serialization game in a big way by bringing us their story of Agent Coulson magically coming back from the dead and manning his secret organization once again, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and now by picking up the 1940’s noir throwback starring the most badass lady spy on the planet to ever steal a supersoldier’s heart, Agent Carter. Fox will soon be joining the DC family with Gotham Babies Gotham, the prequel Batman series that chronicles Commissioner Gordon’s time working in the plagued city before gaining power and influence and a mustache.

So it’s about damn time that NBC, that network that’s not doing too well right now, hops on the comic book train and starts adapting like, pronto. They recently announced that they’ve chosen to go DC (ride or die), and take on the story of one John Constantine (from the comic Hellblazer) with the new series Constantine, coming to the network this Fall. A very thorough, three-minute trailer lays it all out for us; Superman and Wonder Woman this ain’t.

Starring Welsh actor Matt Ryan (Armistice, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) as our titular character, Constantine is just a simple man who sees dead people everywhere he goes. Deeply entrenched in the occult (he checks himself into a mental hospital to try to get rid of what he’s seeing), he’s forced to act as a supernatural detective after damning a girl to hell – and his soul to boot. Constantine uses his powers to converse with the demons and dead dudes, sending them back to wherever it is they came from (Hell, it’s Hell) so that the rest of us, blissfully unaware and not plagued by the sight of rotting corpses and winged helldemons, can stay safe.

Check it out below:

The trailer makes sure to pack in as many of the creatures as it can during its three-minute runtime, and by far Grandma with the soul-less gouged eyes and mouth pouring blood take the cake for most disturbing. That doctor at the beginning who asserts that there’s no such thing as demons probably feels preeeetty stupid right about now. Joining Ryan are Lucy Griffiths (Winter’s Tale), as a girl who apparently has to deal with his problems just because she interacted with him, and Harold Perrineau (LOST, Oz), the aforementioned hellbeast.

If the story sounds familiar, you may recall a 2005 Constantine film starring Keanu Reeves as the occult detective; you probably also promptly forgot it. While the series looks promising, especially on the gore front, the “prime” 10:00PM on a Friday time slot doesn’t seem so great; Dracula got stuck there last year and got axed after 10 episodes. However, Hannibal is sitting comfortably in the slot right now and doing just fine. Maybe amp up the gore, then?