For many, the Francis Lawrence-helmed take on Constantine, everyone’s favorite English exorcist and master of the dark arts, was a massive disappointment (despite the fact that it was a pretty solid big budget fantasy noir with an incredible, androgynous turn from Tilda Swinton as Gabriel the Arc Angel). The film jettisoned the English origins of the character, tailoring it to Keanu Reeves’ movie star persona while shoehorning in a side-character played by Shia LeBeouf (which never bodes well for studio adaptations of geek properties).
Now comes NBC, whose upcoming TV take on the character looks like it’s going to atone for the sins Lawrence committed in the eyes of fans. Today we get out first look at their small-screen take on the DC/Vertigo supernatural detective and it looks like they may have a huge winner on their hands.
The series stars Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds) as the titular wiseass con man, as well as Harold Perrineau (Oz, Sons of Anarchy) and Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) and will air Friday nights this Fall at 10 on NBC, immediately follwing Grimm. That’s a pretty solid night of supernatural tomfoolery for boob-tube devotees. Hopefully the show, whose pilot is directed by the almost always awesome Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Game of Thrones), is as satisfying as this clip promises.