John Constantine is a man of many attributes, none of them really positive. He’s been a liar, a cheat, a scoundrel and a rogue with his own agenda. But if you give him a chance, he could also be a hero.
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.
Warner Bros and DC may not be firing on all cylinders when it comes to big screen adaptations, but their upcoming slate for the smaller screen is hotter than hell itself. Arrow is on mark for a third season, The Flash is running on positive vibes, Gotham is a darker origin story for the finest cop in a corrupt city and it looks like Constantine could show a certain strange doctor a thing or two before his movie arrives a couple of years from now. Hell, there’e barely even a sign of Constantine even using any magic in the trailer, and he happens to be one of the most powerful mages alive.
Not bad DC, not bad. Constantine premiers this Saturday, and stars Matt Ryan as the cunning mage.
Last Updated: July 30, 2014