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In a shocking development, it was announced that Lucy Griffiths i.e. the female lead of Constantine will be written off the show since the show intends to go in a different direction. Most people would recognize Lucy Griffiths from True Blood. Instead, the as yet uncast comic book character Zed will join the series in an early episode as a foil for John Constantine. In the comics, Zed uses her psychic powers to help Constantine save his niece Gemma before becoming his right-hand woman and romantic interest. She’ll be just the first of many additional characters from Hellblazer and the occult DC universe to appear on the series.
Constantine executive producer Daniel Cerone had this to say:
“When you put a wide-eyed innocent into that world, she’s just very reactive.The nice thing about Swamp Thing, when he first teamed up with Constantine, was that Swamp Thing had abilities, Swamp Thing had skills. Constantine needed those skills. One of the coolest things about Constantine he doesn’t have any ‘powers.’ He came out of a time with all these superheroes with their garish colors and flashy powers, and he just comes out with a rumpled coat, wearing browns and greys, and he just knows a lot magic and spells, but it’s all knowledge-based. Anything he can do is based in knowledge and his own studying. Zed is actually one of the first women Constantine meets in the comic books, and she has various psychic powers. We felt ultimately she’s going to service the first season better as someone to pair Constantine up with. She can get in his face a little bit and have some of her own realizations and skills and really push him. But if whoever Constantine is working with is constantly on her heels, that just wouldn’t service the show really well.”
Well I call BS on that! I happened to see the pilot and the pilot set up her character for major supernatural development in the future. Just because she is a green horn in the occult at the beginning doesn't mean she will be a hindrance to the show. In fact, "a wide eyed innocent" character would have served as an excellent pair of eyes for the audience as we navigate the crazy fantasy world along with her. In fact, Lucy Griffiths actually did a good job and brought a lot of sorely needed grounded humanity to the show to anchor its weird premise and larger than life characters. It also makes for interesting group dynamics between an earnest green horn, a sarcastic veteran and a mysterious taxi driver.
As for Zed, I am interested to see what she can bring to the show. But they could have added another character without axing Lucy. Zed-Constantine dynamics looks good on paper but will it be enough to hold the show together? Look at Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Bruce & Alfred's honest, touching father-son dynamic anchored those films and gave the films its emotional core. While I liked The Dark Knight Rises and Selina Kyle, the Bruce-Selina relationship in spite of sizzling chemistry couldn't bring the same emotional warmth that Alfred did (in my opinion). I prefer diverse human traits in a group rather than to make everyone homogeneously snarky and sarcastic. I also liked the fact that the relationship between Constantine and Liv had no romantic elements to it.
The leaked pilot was underwhelming, sure, but I don't think Lucy Griffiths had anything to do with that. The overstuffed plot and substituting quiet, honest character moments in favor of snappy one-liners was the real reason that the pilot left you cold in the end. How do you correct that? Replace an earnest well-meaning girl with another cold, snarky character... Of course!
I am curious to know what you guys think. Do you agree with the decisions? Put in your thoughts down below?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)