The trailer isn’t just about a, shall we say, fateful easter egg though, there are also tons of really cool angelic/demonic visuals that show that NBC are not skimping on this series’ budget. And I’m also rapidly warming up to Matt Ryan’s take on the acerbic magic man. Still no chain-smoking though, which is kind of disappointing, seeing as how intrinsic that is to the character and his story, but hey, if healthier lungs are the “price to pay” for an adaptation that looks this promising, then I’m all for it.
Now about that Easter egg…
Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine 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, 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. And 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.
Did you spot it? Check again at around the 0:47 mark. That, ladies and gents, is the helmet of none other than Doctor Fate, one of the most powerful magic characters in the DC Universe.
There have been several Doctor Fates, as it’s a title that gets passed on, along with that famous helmet and some other mystical doodads, so no telling who’s face will actually be under that golden dome. But it’s still a pretty cool reveal, as this is the first hint that Constantine will be dipping into more of DC’s supernatural characters and stories, and not just keep to itself.
Constantine also stars Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) and Charles Halford (True Detective) and will be premiering on the US network on October 24, 2014.
Last Updated: June 11, 2014