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    Excited about NBC's upcoming superhero series Constantine, but in the dark about who this flaming demon-hunting Brit is? Already read the synopsis, and checked out the secret code from the pilot, but still wondering just who in (or our of) hell this guy is? Well, wonder no more - here are the five things you absolutely, positively have to know about John Constantine, and where he comes from:

  • Constantine started off as a DC Superhero, before being transferred to their comic-book imprint Vertigo. He was recently returned to the DC Universe, with the name of the comic changing to match, from Hellblazer to Constantine.
  • He was co-created by Alan Moore back in 1985. Moore is more famous for Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and V for Vendetta.
  • In the comics, Constantine's appearance was originally based on, of all people, Sting - in particular in the way he appeared in the movie Quadrophenia.
  • Constantine appears in the comics as a chain-smoking, foul-mouthed and generally uncaring con artist, whose only redeeming feature is his belief in humanism. Which is why he's always getting into trouble with both Angels and Demons - a habit that looks set to continue into the series.
  • Matt Ryan, Constantine himself, was born and raised in Swansea, Wales - so that accent is close to authentic. Recognize his face? He's previously starred in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and (through motion capture) Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

And if all of that isn't enough - you can check out the trailer below!

What do you guys think? What's the most interesting thing about Constantine? Let me know below!


What's Constantine's most interesting feature? (Not counting the stubble)

** Humanism is a philosophical position that emphasizes the agency of human beings, and our inherent value, over external forces such as doctrine or faith. You can read more about it here.


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