NBC was one of the three networks to take on a DC Comics/Warner Bros. property this season and have released a trailer for their new show, Constantine.
With upfronts still to come this week, television news has been fast and furious, with NBC leading the pack by announcing their fall schedules today. Included in that announcement was the release of the first trailer for the show based off the DC Comic Hellblazer called Constantine.
Check out the Constantine trailer below!
Opening shot of Ravenscar Secure Hospital, where John Constantine was a patient in the Hellblazer comics, the trailer starts off with Constantine’s experience there. Doesn’t look to be at all pleasant, has a bit of a One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest vibe going on. Well at least until spiders start covering the walls and possessed women fly across the room that is.
Matt Ryan stars as the con man turned supernatural detective, John Constantine, and he is joined by Lucy Griffiths as Liv. Fans of the BBC series, Robin Hood will surely recognize her as Marian. (If you haven’t watched Robin Hood, do yourself a favor and remedy that.)
Along with Ryan and Griffiths is a man who is no stranger to big TV shows. Harold Perrineau, of LOST and Oz fame, plays Manny, Constantine’s guardian angel. He apparently has the ability to possess different bodies, a la Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost. No news yet if we’ll be party to a next generation potter’s wheel scene.
While not listed on either the Constantine page or his own personal imdb page, the trailer did also include Perrineau’s fellow LOST alumni, Jeremy Davies. Chances are good he is just a guest star of the pilot, but it certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing if he was a recurring character as Davies is a joy to watch.
Written by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman Begins) and Daniel Cerone, the pilot of Constantine was directed by Neil Marshall who has directed episodes of both Game of Thrones and Starz’s Black Sails. The pilot was filmed in Atlanta and is expected to stay in Atlanta, joining shows like The Walking Dead and the animated show, Archer.
When it was announced that NBC has picked up Constantine, there was question of where the supernatural detective show would end up on the schedule. Especially given the fact that there is plenty of police procedurals at NBC, even a supernatural themed one, Grimm. Well, NBC has taken that bull by the horns as opted to give Friday nights a spooky theme by scheduling both Grimm and Constantine for that night.
What say you geeks? Will you be returning to NBC despite the fact they canceled the beloved Community? Plan on giving Constantine a chance? Like the idea of a supernatural block on Friday nights? Let us know down in the comments below, or as always, on the GEEK Facebook page!