My blog has been down for months. Well its back now! And to celebrate I’m featuring a guest blog from one of my favorite people. Welcome William Green and his take on the NBC show, Constantine.
Here’s the situation: There are not enough fans of Constantine and those associated with him.
Full disclosure: I wasn’t a fan of Constantine until Keanu Reeves played him. I didn’t even know he was a DC, well a Vertigo character, in the Hellblazer series until sometime after that. I enjoyed that movie and I still enjoy it on occasion, but I can now understand why there was some hate thrown at it. It was much, much too Americanized for most people.
Flash forward a few years and I begin reading DC’s The New 52 from the beginning and Constantine is an ongoing title. I’ve tried to keep up as much as I can with all of them. It may not be everyone’s favorite version of Constantine, but he’s the one I’ve known and loved for the past couple of years.
Jump ahead a little more and they begin work on a TV series with a non-American John Constantine. Still not actually English, but Matt Ryan being Welsh is pretty close. We got a 13-episode first season and loads of potential for the show to be completely cancelled. BOOO! I was hooked from the first episode and enjoyed the whole season. I’ll admit not every episode hit the high mark for me, but overall the season was wonderful and I’m sure there are mega Constantine fans out there that hated the whole thing, but I don’t think the haters are the problem. I think a lack of fans is the problem.
Now here we are on the cusp of NBC ridding themselves of the show, BUT writers, showrunners, and even the actors are trying to keep it alive. They’re all working on pitching a season 2 to NBC. My opinion; just take it to SyFy and live there for a while. Anyway, they convinced NBC to stream the whole first season online for free to the public to drum up excitement and more fans for it.
Here’s what I want to see: Doctor Fate’s helmet was shown at the beginning of the show, so of course he needs to make an appearance, if not become a regular. We meet Jim Corrigan a couple times and we know he becomes Spectre eventually, so he needs to be around more. Ok, that’s too many guys so we have to have Zatanna Zatara at some point and eventually Madame Xanadu. And with her we’ll eventually introduce Jason Blood with the Demon Etrigan of course.
I think we’ve just about rounded out a great group to become Justice League Dark for television. I would like to see at least one more character for that to happen though. Not Swamp Thing, he needs his own full show after being introduced in Constantine and later on he can have crossover episodes with JLD. No, I’m talking about Deadman, Boston Brand. Turns out, he’s been around since the late 60’s, but I discovered him in the early days of The New 52. He had an arc for a while, then he disappeared for some time and popped up later when they were forming the Justice League Dark. I’m not saying they should come out guns blazing and hexes flying and introduce a hero per week in season 2. That wouldn’t make for good television at all. No, no this would take one or two full 22-23 episode seasons to get all those characters going. Nearly every one of those characters could be a villain at first before joining the cause. Zatanna would be the one to be least likely a villain to start.
What I don’t want to see is them doing a time jump thing to introduce back stories for characters. That’s a bit played out these days. I want a couple of these characters to get their own miniseries before we see them in the modern day. Hell, I would be happy if they did a web series with a full show budget. Madame Xanadu and Jason Blood could easily have an 8-10 episode show introducing them in the dark ages and their misadventures in those times. Vandal Savage could be introduced with that. Deadman needs his own as well, probably not as extensive as Xanadu and Blood, but still something showing his early days before and during the beginning of becoming Deadman.
But before we can see #DawnOfDarkJustice we need to convince NBC to #SaveConstantine. Go watch the first season on NBC. Flood social media about it. Fall in love with Matt Ryan while you’re at it.