His soul is damned to hell, he’s been locked up in a mental hospital and demons insist on possessing people to pay him a visit on here on Earth. Aw that’s just a typical day at the office for a seasoned demon hunter like John Constantine. Matt Ryan (No not the Atlanta Falcon’s football player. That would be another show entirely.) stars as John Constantine from the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC comics. Matt’s version of Constantine is a departure from the movie version Keanu Reeves made famous with his dirty blonde hair and British accent. Like both the movie and comic version of Constantine, Matt’s version will also be a smoker. Yes you heard me.
While American Television has strict rules about portraying smoking on TV, Constantine is a smoker even if we never get to see him take a drag from an actual cigarette. I had a chance recently to chat with Matt about this and his take on playing such an iconic comic book character. Full interview after the jump!
John Constantine is a bit of a tosser – he’s arrogant, sarcastic and tormented. His soul damned to Hell for overreaching and failing to save a young girl, he needs redemption more than most. When an old friend’s daughter is targeted by a demon from the Inner Circle, Constantine – prompted by an angel who goes by the name of Manny – attempts to make good on a promise to protect her.
Like the character, Constantine (NBC, Fridays, 10/9C) is a series that’s a bit conflicted. While it tries to capture the essence of the character, it also has to live on network television. It works more often than not – and shows promise for the future as a companion series to NBC’s surprisingly long-lived cult hit, Grimm.
In a week dominated by comic book movie headlines, the hosts of GeekScholars Movie News did their research and come ready to report everything you need to know about Marvel and DC’s upcoming projects in this episode.If you’re a comic book movie fan, this episode is an absolute must-listen. Hit the jump to find out why
Anyone who was wondering what was going to happen for former Nightwing after the events of Forever Evil, we now have our answer. After being convinced by Batman to stay dead, Dick Greyson will start a new chapter as a super spy. Based on the USA Today and story, I’m not entirely clear if he’s going to be going after rogue Spy Agencies or is working for one. None of the Bat family, including Batgirl, will know that Grayson is still alive. Grayson #1 debuts in July and is from the team of writers Tim Seeley & Tom King and artist Mikel Janín.
Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken will follow up its highly successful DC superheroes specila from last year with a second DC special that focuses on DC’s supervillains. The half-hour special, Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains In Paradise is set to premiere on April 6th (11:30/10:30C), and follows them ‘from the swamps to the sky to the beach, where they finally face a mind-boggling threat to their very existence!’
The cast includes regulars Seth Green, Alex Borstein and Tara Strong, as well as some serious guest talent including: Alfred Molina, Sarah Hyland, Clancy Brown, Giovanni Ribisi and Breckin Meyer. For more, follow the jump to the press release.
It’s been twenty-five years since Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons turned the world of comics superheroes on its head with the release of Watchmen. Now, this summer, – and with the blessing of Dave Gibbons – the publisher has scheduled the release of seven interconnected mini-series prequels to the legendary graphic novel. The prequels, published under the Before Watchmen banner will be by some of the finest creators in today’s comics, including: J. Michael Straczynski [Babylon 5, Superman: Earth One], Darwyn Cooke [The Spirit, Parker], Brian Azzarello [100 Bullets], Adam Hughes [Justice League, Catwoman], John Higgins [Watchmen], Andy Kubert [Flashpoint], Joe Kubert [Sgt. Rock]and more.
For titles, covers, and who’s doing what, follow the jump.
Fans who can’t get enough of their favorite spy and the accompanying colorful cast of characters, now have another diversion to devote time to. USA Network, in partnership with DC Comics, announced its first series of interactive multiplatform comics with a series created to bridge the storylines between seasons four and five of BURN NOTICE. The comic, entitled “A New Day” and written by the creative team behind the show, including series creator Matt Nix, goes beyond the two-dimensional traditional comic by offering enhanced user experiences including interactive games, hidden ciphers, artwork peelaways and more. Chapter one went live in tandem with the fifth season premiere of BURN NOTICE last Thursday, June 23. Having garnered over 100,000 page views since it launched, “A New Day” is available on www.usanetwork.com, Facebook and as a freestanding iOS and Android App on select devices. The only caveat is that your browser must be updated to the absolute latest in order to view it. The nine pages of storyboard of each chapter read very quickly providing straight-forward info, but the interactive bits provide for some interesting and fun diversions.
Lester Dent’s Doc Savage. Bob Kane’s Batman. Will Eisner’s The Spirit. Legends all – and now they come together, along with Richard ‘The Avenger’ Benson, another pulp hero, and will Eisner’s other great creation, The Blackhawks, to take on a megalomaniacal villain [is there any other kind?] who plans to bring the world peace. By force!
Every Hollywood Summer flick needs to have a game attached to it. Green Lantern is no different. Featuring the voice and likeness of Ryan Reynolds (in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions), Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters allows players to assume the role of Hal Jordan to battle the Manhunters—a once noble android police force who are now bent on destroying the Green Lantern Corps. More screenshots after break!
Of all the superheroes, Wonder Woman has yet to make it to either the big screen or the small screen. A big screen project was in the works for years, never coming to fruition. And now, amid much controversy, NBC has taken the reins to bring Wonder Woman to viewers as a weekly series. Fans have expressed many doubts along the way including concerns over the possibly-campy, unflattering script, casting of an appropriate actress, and even concerns about the choice of costume. DC made a decision to change the heroine’s costume in the comics world, from the patriotic swimsuit to a more contemporary and less revealing outfit, as was shown in this Eclipse posting a while back. The new outfit seems to be a combination of the iconic skimpy one and the newer urban one. More analysis follows. Continue reading NBC Provides First Look at New Wonder Woman→
Warner Premiere and DC Comics brings Green Lantern fans the antincipated trailer to Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. According to IMDB, the story “explores the origins of the Green Lantern Corps, including the first ring wielders” and it’s supposed to include not one but six interlocking stories about six individual green lanterns. Sounds epic doesn’t it? Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is co-directed by Chris Berkeley, Lauren Montgomery, and Jay Oliva. This time instead of Christopher Meloni doing the voice over for Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, the actor doing the voice over for Hal Jordan/Green Lantern is Nathan Fillion who’s most reccent work is playing Richard Castle on the tv sereis Castle. I personally enjoyed Green Lantern: First Flight when it was released in 2009 and I’m looking forward to Emerald Knights. Check out the trailer below and enjoy: