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First Official Image of Matt Ryan as John Constantine

Check out what John Constantine will look like in the new pilot for his television series.

Matt Ryan as Constantine

Huge news for Constantine and HELLBLAZER fans, the first official image of Matt Ryan as John Constantine has been released. Production has begun on this NBC pilot from executive producers Daniel Cerone & David Goyer.

“I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985. This Constantine, envisioned by Neil Marshall and embodied by Matt Ryan, looks like he sprang directly from the comics’ covers. Fans old and new are going to be in for a treat,” said executive producer David S. Goyer.

CONSTANTINE follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond.

Featured in hundreds of comic book issues, John Constantine has been a DC Comics staple since his first appearance as a supporting character in Swamp Thing in 1985. The character was subsequently featured in his own bestselling Hellblazer and Constantine comic book series.

UK native Matt Ryan (Layer Cake, The Tudors, Torchwood) stars as the title character.

The CONSTANTINE pilot is executive produced by Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist, Dexter) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight films, Man of Steel). Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) is directing from a teleplay by Daniel Cerone, with story by Daniel Cerone & David S. Goyer.

Production has begun and we'll send more info your way as we get it. What do you think of the UK native's look as John Constantine?

Posted by Kal'smahboi


Posted by Saren

No cigarette? NOT MY CON-JOB!

Looks good, but I wish there were more details about the story.

Posted by Wilhelm_Dolle


Posted by Captain13

Unlike the Flash costume, it will be hard to find a complaint about this.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

He's a scouser? That's fantastic, I'm so glad they're paying that much attention to the comics.

Posted by Captain13

Makes you wonder if Zatanna will show up and if they can pull off her look as well.

Posted by Life_Without_Progress

Yup, He definitely is John Constantine

Posted by Wolverine08


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It's a good look.

Posted by Squalleon

Looks very good.

Posted by longbowhunter

I saw this pic yesterday. Looks like he'll make a great John Constantine. Hope the pilot gets picked up.

Posted by inferiorego

He's a scouser? That's fantastic, I'm so glad they're paying that much attention to the comics.

I keep seeing the term "scouse."

I'm a dumb American (Well, Canadian-American). What does that mean?

Posted by SoA

hope it doesn't suck

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@saren: Have you read some of the blurbs about the series?

"a working-class Londoner with deadpan humor who is a mysterious conman and occult detective 
haunted by the recent loss of a young girl's soul. No stranger to the dark underworld that exists parallel to our own, Constantine has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager. He's taught himself spells, rituals, curses and conjuring, but the one person he most wishes to see -- his mother, who died giving birth to him -- remains out of reach, at least so far. When Liv, the daughter of a late friend, is targeted by demons, Constantine steps in to save her and the two form an alliance."

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@jonny_anonymous: I've read the blurbs, but I don't think any of them have talked about things like why John and Papa Midnite are at odds.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@inferiorego: Scouse or scouser is slang for someone from Liverpool. It's used in the same way as a cockney is from London, geordy is from Newcastle and weegie is from Glasgow.

Posted by Bio Guyver

It's Edward Kenway!

Posted by inferiorego

@inferiorego: Scouse or scouser is slang for someone from Liverpool. It's used in the same way as a cockney is from London, geordy is from Newcastle and weegie is from Glasgow.

Man, I wish we had cool terms like that in the States.

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

Looks good

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no keanu? i'm disappointed...

i'm just kidding

Posted by shroudofsorrow

I gotta say, they nailed it pitch-perfectly minus the cigarette. You can't really say that about too many other live action comic characters.

Still more excited for the Flash show though.

Posted by cdw101

He looks the part, just hope he smokes etc!

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@inferiorego: You should invent some and then see if you can get it to catch on lol

Posted by MaccyD

If Goyer is behind it, I wonder will it connect to the films?

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Posted by longbowhunter

@inferiorego: If you think hard enough I bet there are slang terms like that here. Example, Hoosiers are from Indiana. There's gotta be more.

Posted by buttersdaman000

I heard the producers are still iffy on whether or not he'll smoke

Posted by darkrider

there is a smoke in the picture so he probably throw the cigarette before he took the photo

Posted by bob808

He looks awesome.

Posted by Z3RO180

Edward Kenway. Pirate, Lover, Assassin , Ninja and Paranormal Detective.

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Posted by MaccyD

@jonny_anonymous: The actor is technically Welsh, but I doubt most yanks would be able to tell the difference.

Posted by Onemoreposter

I don't like it. Now listen, I've been a Hellblazer fan since I started picking up the book after his appearance in Sandman. However, I really enjoyed Keanu Reeves' Constanteen and was hoping we'd see an eventual sequel. Despite the vast changes made in the film, it had something....special.

I hope this doesn't suck but for some reason this guy just doesn't strike me as John.

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Posted by ccraft

Looks the part, but as I did with Shield I will remain skeptical until the pilot. I'm not really a JC fan, maybe the show will change that who knows.

Edited by StMichalofWilson

Dat smug look on his face...xD

Posted by inferiorego

@inferiorego said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

@inferiorego: You should invent some and then see if you can get it to catch on lol

Working on it now

No need to:

People from IL are called "Suckers?" First, I've never heard of that. Second, BOOOOOOOOOOO!

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@jonny_anonymous: I'm just saying some of the accent will come through, when he tries to pull off a scouse accent.

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Here's another pic:


Posted by RustyRoy

Looks good.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@maccyd: It didn't when he did Edward Kenway in Assassins Creed.

Posted by Kal'smahboi

@billy_batson: I like that cast/crew image better, actually. It's a little less staged, and he looks a little more grim.

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Posted by asjmooney

@inferiorego: a Scouse is someone from Liverpool. I myself am a Geordie as I come from Newcastle

Posted by sesquipedalophobe

I hope to piss off fans, he vapes the e-cigarette.