John Constantine is one of the more grizzled, complex characters in comics. One main feature of the character, bar his grumpy outlook, drinking and struggle with cancer, is his love of a good cigarette. Well, it appears that NBC’s Constantine will impose a smoking ban on the character.
Speaking to Collider, Neil Marshall, who helmed the show’s pilot, said, “It’s one thing, a compromise I guess. On network, it’s the one thing, you can’t smoke on network. That’s one of his character traits. We’re working around that. We’re trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We’ll see.”
He added that the show will hopefully look to drum up scares, saying, “The intention is to be as dark and scary as possible with the show. And that was our whole kind of plan going in, to make it scary. So we’re going to explore all kinds of things. But the smoking is very frustrating. Who knows where it will go; where the story will; where the character will go? There’s still a lot of options.”
The official word on the John Constantine-centric show reads:
Based on the wildly popular comic book series Hellblazer from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, Criminal Minds) specialises 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 (Lucy Griffiths, True Blood), 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. 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.
With Neil Marshall directing and David S. Goyer executive producing, the show will also feature Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford, airing in on NBC on 24th October. Now we just have to wait until the show finds a UK home.
In case you missed the trailer for the show, check it out below: