Constantine is an American television series whose characters are based on characters appearing in the comic series Hellblazer published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint. The series was produced by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer for NBC and originally debuted in late October of 2014. The first season consisted of 13 episodes, and concluded on February 13, 2015.
The story follows John Constantine, a reluctant supernatural detective with the ability to send demons and their ilk back to their own realm. Formerly a con man, he’s turned his life around, though his only motivation is the hope of redeeming his damned soul. He must battle the accursed demons who wish to unearth the balance within the human world. Using his supernatural abilities and his scrying map, Constantine travels across the country to battle demons and return them to their own world, protecting the lives of the innocent and maintaining the precarious balance that the Rising Darkness hopes to destroy.
Unlike the 2005 live-action version of Constantine—which merely used the comic book series of as a stepping stone—the television series remains truer in nature to the comic books. The most noticeable exception to this, of course, is the adamant refusal to permit his chain smoking to be a relevant part of the television series. Due to television regulations, his chain smoking habits are completely absent from the television version. Similarly, Constantine’s bisexuality will not be shown, which has drawn severe criticism from the LGBTQ community.
Rotten Tomatoes has given the show a 72% critic approval rating with an average rating of 6.2 out of 10 based on 46 reviews. The overall consensus was that “Constantine ’s creepy atmosphere, high-stakes action, and splendid special effects combine with a welcome touch of humor to overcome narrative flaws and present a version of the title character that’s close to his comics counterpart.” Metacritic gave the show a weighted rating of 53 out of 100, based on 25 reviews, indicating mixed to average reviews.
Despite its rather high ratings and viewership, NBC has not scheduled a second season. They’ve not outright cancelled the show, either, waiting until May of this year to hear petitions and show ideas before making its final decision concerning the Constantine. In support of scheduling a second season, a clay stop-animation series was released by DC Entertainment. The web series is called John Con Noir. The premise of the miniseries is that John Constantine must find his show’s producers. Failing to do so will result in NBC cancelling the show. The web series was released on DC Entertainment’s YouTube account, as well as the DC Comics official website.
After the season finale, Constantine star Matt Ryan commented that he was “very, very, very hopeful” in regards to a second season. He continued, saying, “Obviously he’s such an amazing character and I feel like we’ve got so far to go with it. I think there’s so much potential with the series, with the source material, with the character and it’s something that I would really love to continue exploring. Yeah, I’m very, very hopeful. Obviously it’s out of my hands. It’s in the hands of the Gods, as they say, but I’m very hopeful, very, very hopeful.” Just go here to find more TV & Internet entertainment choices.
NBC will make its decision regarding Constantine this summer.