Fans of the comics, rejoice. We have assurances that NBC’s Constantine, based on the Vertigo Comics series Hellblazer, will draw heavily from the source material. The information has come from actor Matt Ryan who plays the eponymous John Constantine, sorcerer and con-man extraordinaire.
In a recent interview with IGN, Ryan tells us, “I think as with the source material, there’s so much to draw from in terms of the character and the balance of humour and wit and dark and gritty. It’s great, because John has this kind of real sarcastic, ironic British wit. It’s funny, but at the same time it’s serious and dark and gritty. It’s got it all, I think.”
The actor also assures us that he is familiarising himself with the source material, the 300-issue run of Hellblazer.
“Yeah, there’s just so much source material to glean from,” he says. “I’ve read about 100 of them now, so I’ve got a way to go… It’s great, man. As an actor, your research is reading comic books. That’s not a bad job, right?”
He promises that they will be sticking close to the source material and trying to do the comics justice. Will they? Only time will tell, but I’m definitely keeping my eye on this one.
Constantine will premiere October 28 at 10 PM on NBC.