In addition to The CW’s The Flash and Fox’s Gotham coming this fall, NBC has a comic book adaptation of its own up its sleeve: a small screen version of the Vertigo Comics anti-hero Constantine. Not to be confused with 2005’s panned big screen version starring Keanu Reeves, this take on the occult detective promises to stick closer to the Hellblazer source material (hey fans, the lead actor is actually British and he plays the part as a Brit!), which will obviously please loyalists at least initially.
Welsh actor Matt Ryan stars as John Constantine, and the show has been announced for NBC’s 10 PM Friday night time slot, set to be a companion piece to the network’s other genre show Grimm.
Here is the show’s official synopsis:
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.