Get to know CONSTANTINE a little better with these new details for the series

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Bugger Agents of SHIELD and Gotham, the only new series that I’m truly excited for now is Constantine. The show has the talent, it’s got the look and main actor Matt Ryan looks like he walked straight out of the comics for the title role of the hellblazer himself, John Constantine. And so far, the show sounds plenty faithful to the source material.

Shock Till You Drop learnt a few new facts about the series, which I’ve quoted from them below:

  • The pilot takes place in and around New York City (which I don’t think has been known about until now).

  • When we first find John, we learn he has voluntarily checked himself into a psychiatric clinic. He’s haunted by an incident in which he lost a 9-year-old girl to a demon who has dragged her soul to hell. This incident has a significant impact on his life and it’s hat is driving him. He checks himself out of the hosptial after six months to find something sinister is afoot in the realm of the supernatural.

  • John’s a clever wise-ass. His business card reads “Exorcist, Demonologist and Master of the Dark Arts,” but as he tells his doctor, he should replace “master” with “petty dabbler” because he hates to put on airs. He also doesn’t like to talk much about his past; he masks his emotions with wry humor.

  • We won’t see John in his classic trenchcoat right away, but he gets there.

  • An angel – Manny – has been assigned to John to help ease his soul into damnation. John hates angels.

  • Liv Parsons, a young woman who works at a rental car facility, gets caught up in John’s world when she discovers something is after her. Liv’s deceased father, Jasper, knew John and John owes a debt to him.

  • Papa Midnite – an imposing Cuban man who can dream the future – is ailing when we first find him. He’s doing a lot of cocaine because he has to stay awake.

  • Expect to meet “Chaz,” John’s driver who is a tall, sensitive, quiet type yet is quite knowledgeable about the supernatural himself.

  • The pilot is brimming with possessions, ghosts (Liv discovers a way to see the dead) and demons and the story does an adept job at not losing its audience in the mythology. Liv is our conduit to John’s world of rituals, pendants, black magic and more and it handles the exposition well.

  • The foundation is set for a long-lasting partnership between Liv and John. Now that she’s aware of the world beyond ours, she wants to use her knowledge to help others. But is John willing to assist her?

Besides a slight change in the personality of Chas and the obligatory romantic angle/point of entry character, this is pretty much Constantine through and through. The haunted past, the trademark jacket and the fact that he has clearly damned his soul to hell are ripped straight from the comics by the sounds of things. Hell, the only thing missing now is a ticket for a Mucous Membrane concert.

Last Updated: April 4, 2014

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