Television series based on comics are popping up all over. It’s quite hard to keep up with but it’s been great for faithful comic book readers who have been waiting for something like this to happen. To add onto the list is NBC’s Constantine which premiered late last month. Here at The Daily Quirk, we had the chance to join in on a conference call with the executive producers Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer.
If you’re not familiar with the show, here’s a breakdown. The series is based off the hit DC Comic Book Hellblazer. Actor Matt Ryan stars as John Constantine who is a self-described exorcist, Demonologist and Master of the Dark Arts, according to his business card. He works alongside Zed Martin, played by Angélica Celaya, and Chas Chandler, played by Charles Halford, to protect the world against any forces of the supernatural.
Needless to say, Constantine is a very dark, scary show. I highly recommend that you wouldn’t show a 5-year-old, however, NBC never asked the executive producers to tone it down. According to Cerone, NBC has pushed them to go bigger, darker and scarier which is great for Cerone since his past works include shows such as Showtime’s Dexter which is pretty much on the end of the spectrum of darkness.
Constantine is far from your typical hero and more of an antihero. It’s hard to root for him at times based on the portrayal of such a closed off character. Goyer states, “In some ways, writing antiheroes… antiheroes are more fun to write for because they’re not bound by the same moral code that the heroes are. And in some ways, antiheroes are more human because most of us have variables. Most of us are imperfect. And, you know, he’s doing what he’s doing for fundamentally noble reasons but he doesn’t really have a code of conduct.”
As for who we’ll be expecting to see in upcoming episodes? Well… Don’t expect to see DC characters just for the heck of it. Goyer stated, “We have to make sure that every time we introduce a character or a plot element […], we can do it in a way that stays true to the source material but doesn’t alienate the broader audience and they’ll feel like they’re missing out or they don’t understand the story because they haven’t read the comic books.”
However, if you’re like me, you’ll be excited to know we’ll be learning a lot more about Constantine’s right-hand man, Chas. In the pilot, we notice he comes back to life but Cerone confirmed that he is in fact, not mortal. Although little could be said, Cerone mentions, “We do have an episode that involves flashbacks where we basically tell that story and we get to know more about Chas. We can meet Renee and his daughter, Renee’s wife, ex-wife or they’re separated right now and his daughter and we kind of dig into that story and figure out what makes Chas tick.”
Throughout the interview, Goyer and Cerone both mentioned future episode stories such as an episode focused on a voodoo zombie, one about the vanishing hitchhiker urban legend, the slit-mouthed woman in Japan and the golden paw urban legend.
So whether you’re a true fan of the comic books or not, it seems as if these two have some special surprises up their sleeves for their viewers. Constantine airs Fridays at 10 p.m. on NBC.