David S. Goyer: Constantine TV series will be closer to the comics than the movie

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Mar 10, 2014, 4:24 PM EDT (Updated)

If you were wondering if the upcoming Constantine TV show would stick closer to the comics than Keanu's version, David S. Goyer's talking.

With I AM Rogue catching up with Goyer -- who happens to be NBC’s Constantine pilot showrunner -- we found out some juicy tidbits about the current status of the pilot. Another thing we learned for sure: British actor Matt Ryan’s Constantine will be true to the source material.

"We start shooting next week. Shooting the pilot. We only have four series regulars but we've cast them all now. I'm proud to say that Constantine is actually being played by a British guy. Matt Ryan and he is going to have blond hair."

When Goyer was asked whether this TV version of Constantine will smoke, like his comic-book counterpart, Goyer said:

"That's a tricky one on network TV. We're negotiating right now. He will have his signature trench coat and skinny tie. I would say that the show clings more closely to the source material then the film did. Even though the film was interesting."

He also added that the series would be close to what Alan Moore created, adding something that may please Constantine (and DC) fans.

"Yeah. And quite a few other characters from the comic books and possibly from the DC universe should we move forward will be showing up."

Last, but not least, David S. Goyer also touched upon the recently announced supporting cast members.

"Harold Perrineau. He's amazing. He plays an angel but not the kind of angel from Touched by an Angel. He's fantastic. Charles Halford who plays Reggie Ledoux on True Detective. He plays Chas. I don't know if you know that character from the comic books. He's sort of Constantine's strong man/friend. Lucy Griffiths who is ... I don't want to say too much about her. She' s an amalgam of characters. Hopefully, touch wood, there will be another recurring character announced. Pretty cool actor who fans will know the character he plays from the comic books as well."

That all sounds pretty darn cool to us. And long as our fave working-class magician, occult detective and all-round con man keeps his snark on, we'll be happy campers. How about you?

(via Comic Book Movie)

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