Constantine Has Been Found for Upcoming Series

Criminal Minds Matt RyanNBC's Constantine, based on the DC/Vertigo comic book of the same name, has found its leading man.

Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds) will play John Constantine for director Neil Marshall who is helming the pilot episode.  According to THR, the show "centers on master of the occult John Constantine, who struggles with his faith as he is haunted by the sins of his past and is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness."

David Goyer is executive producing and Dexter's Daniel Cerone is writing the script.

Created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben, John Constantine, a roguish magician/detective/conman, first appeared during the author's run on "Swamp Thing" in 1985, receiving his own series, "Hellblazer," under DC's Vertigo imprint in 1988.That book ran for 300 issues before it was relaunched in DC's "New 52" continuity as "Constantine" with a younger take on the antihero.

Keanu Reeves previously played the character on the big screen in Warner Bros.' 2005 release Constantine, which was directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games films).

  • Sinful Celluloid

    Does he at least have an accent?

    • K. Lee Adams

      The actor is Welsh. I don’t know anything about Constantine himself beyond that lame movie with a miscast Keanu Reeves. What kind of accent is he supposed to have? Is he a foreign character?

      • Liam

        In the comics he is from Liverpool, Ryan almost sounds on the verge of being Irish at times, which fits. You can check youtube for some Hellblazer fan films where they get into discussion about the accents they used:

        “Constantine is Liverpool (not London). The actor’s accent is a decent stab at Brit/Irish.”

        “Gotta work on your scouse accent.”

        “We deliberately chose not to go with Scouse for fear that it would be
        too unintelligible. We instead chose a generic British accent with
        emphasis on lower end London.”

        • K. Lee Adams

          Okay, thank you. I’ll check that out.

          • Liam

            No problem! The fanfilm is way better than the 2005 movie!

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    • Mumm-Ra

      I read on a wrestling page that they had to do some voice overs the first week of this month and there is still no release date yet.

  • Mumm-Ra

    He does at least looks the part and is Welsh.

  • naturallybornbad

    He better be a chain smoking arsehole

  • Juan Asilo

    i m gonna go on limb
    lawnrence constatine was the best
    he was sarcastic, mean, “i dont care of ye problem”guy
    and a gambler to the devil. Who which gave the finger to.
    so if they going all serious ala hannibal, and not to fun like supernatural
    then dont make it. period.

  • Armando Pina

    I actually like the 2005 film with Keanu. Sure they made him American and Catholic, but It was stilla fun flick. I love the Hellblazer comics, I hope this is good. It’d be nice if it was connected with what Guilleromo Del Toro was planning with the Justice League Dark film. Come on, DC!