Great news today, kids. In fact, two pieces of great news, both about the NBC pilot Constantine. As I continually warn, when I report about pilots it’s always with the concern that hopes are being raised only to be dashed; that the pilot gets made but never picked up.
Well the two pieces of great news are one and the same: NBC, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment have released the first look at Matt Ryan as Constantine. The fact that they are publicly talking about the pilot gives me great hope that the series will be picked up, and that is great news. The other great news is the exceptionally cool pic:
Here’s NBC‘s press release:
FIRST OFFICIAL IMAGE REVEALED OF MATT RYAN AS OCCULT DETECTIVE JOHN CONSTANTINE
Production Begins on New NBC New Pilot from Warner Bros. Television, Based Upon Characters Published by DC Entertainment
As production begins on the new pilot CONSTANTINE — from executive producers Daniel Cerone & David S. Goyer and director Neil Marshall — NBC, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment are today releasing the first official image of series star Matt Ryan in character as John Constantine.
· “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.
· 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.
· Featured in hundreds of comic book issues, John Constantine has been a DC Comics staple since his first appearance as a supporting character in Swamp Thing in 1985. The character was subsequently featured in his own bestselling Hellblazer and Constantine comic book series.
· UK native Matt Ryan (Layer Cake, The Tudors, Torchwood) stars as the title character.
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 Entertainment.
© 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
We’ll definitely keep our fingers crossed, and keep you posted.