31 Days of Dreadtober(2017): DC's Constantine Gets Animated Treatment
Lucky attendees at New York Comic Con 2017 got to get a glimpse at Constantine, a brand new animated series that will premiere on The CW Seed(the CW’s free streaming service). Comic book fans may already be familiar with the rough-around-the-edges demon hunter named John Constantine. If you are not familiar with DC’s Occult Warrior, you might remember the 2005 film adaptation, Constantine, starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz. Or you might remember the live action series of the same name that premiered on the CW back in 2014 but only saw one season due to poor ratings. While I like the character, it’s interesting to see that Warner Bros. has chosen to try to bring the character back to life in another incarnation after multiple failed attempts.
Here is how the animated series is being described:
First Look! New York Comic Con attendees received a first look of Constantine, an all-new animated digital series from Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content following DC’s popular comic book character John Constantine (voiced by the live-action series star Matt Ryan), a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult. Armed with an arcane knowledge of the dark arts and a wicked wit, he fights the good fight. With his soul already damned to hell, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line, Constantine uses his skills to face the supernatural terrors 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.
Executive produced by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Constantine [live action series], upcoming Krypton), Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl) and Sarah Schechter (Blindspot, Riverdale, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), the series, which will premiere on CW Seed, is produced by Butch Lukic (Justice League Action, Batman Unlimited), written by J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League Dark, Batman vs. Robin) and directed by Doug Murphy (Justice League Action, Young Justice). #WBNYCC
From the clip that was released, it seems that the series will not be pulling as many punches, with the demon hunter smoking and swearing. They also don’t appear to be shying away from the violence with grotesque demonic abominations and plenty of gore.