Constantine star promises new series will 'really do the comics justice'

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Jun 5, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

Competing with about a half-dozen other comic-to-TV projects, NBC’s upcoming Constantine stole the show with a stellar opening trailer — and now the show’s star has opened up about what fans can expect from the full series.

Matt Ryan, who stars as show namesake John Constantine in the Hellblazer-inspired series, chatted with IGN as they dig into production in preparation for a fall premiere. According to Ryan, he’s currently read about 100 issues of the comics and plans to read the remaining 200 issues over the next six months.

Why? Because they want to be as accurate as possible with respect to the comic canon:

“Yeah, definitely. I think as with the source material, there's so much to draw from in terms of the character and the balance of humor and wit and dark and gritty. It's great, because John has this kind of real sarcastic, ironic British wit. It's funny, but at the same time it's serious and dark and gritty. It's got it all, I think … Yeah, and we're trying to stay as close to the source material as possible and really do the comics justice. So, hopefully, we can do that.”

Though fans were leery of how the dark, snarky character would translate to the small screen, Ryan absolutely blew us away with his spot-on interpretation. If they can make a good show while also honoring the comics, this could be a legit fan favorite this fall.

The series is set to debut Friday, Oct. 24, packaged with fellow genre hit Grimm.

(Via IGN)