NBC's Constantine director promises 'dark' adaptation, no smoking

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Jun 26, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT (Updated)

Some new info on NBC’s Constantine series has arrived thanks to the pilot episode’s director Neil Marshall, and it sounds like the small-screen Hellblazer will officially be smoke-free.

Marshall chatted with Collider at the recent Saturn Awards ceremony and dropped some interesting intel about the latest DC television series. According to Marshall, the series (at least in the early going) makes no mention of him having cancer, which as comic fans know, is a pretty key part of the mythos. The character will also not have a smoking habit.

Here are some choice excerpts from the interview:

"No we’re not (smoking). It’s the one thing, a compromise I guess. On network it’s the one thing you can’t smoke on network. That’s one of his character traits. We’re working around that.  We’re trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We’ll see …

Hannibal is on NBC, and that’s pretty dark and disturbing. Whatever the regulations are, you can be as dark and disturbing as you want and we’re going to go in that direction. The intention is to be as dark and scary as possible with the show. And that was our whole kind of plan going in, to make it scary. So we’re going to explore all kinds of things. But the smoking is very frustrating. Who knows where it will go; where the story will go; where the character will go. There’s still lots of options.”

Yes, logistically, it makes sense the character won’t be lighting up. That’s a pretty common rule on network television — the no-smoking thing — so it makes sense they’ll have to follow it. But it still represents a major tweak to the comic canon. We’ll be curious to see how they play this,  and if they might throw some homages in there (i.e., perhaps he’s on the patch?).

As for the other stuff? We’re glad to hear they’re going the dark and disturbing route, and the Hannibal comparisons are a nice sign. The ratings might stink, but Hannibal is one heck of a good show. So, nice connection to make there.

The series premieres this fall on NBC.

(Via Collider)