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SDCC14: WB/DC Panel Wrap Up — Constantine (Season 1)

By Muuka Muyumba

WB/DC continued its joint presentation of its upcoming slate of shows by showing Constantine’s brand new version of the pilot episode and then having a brief Q&A session. The series stars Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford and Executive Producers Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer were at Comic-Con for a panel Q&A on Constantine, premiering Friday, October 24 at 10/9c on NBC.

One major change that occurred before the Comic-Con debut of the pilot, which was Lucy Griffiths, Liv leaving the show for a major casting change. She was to join Constantine on weekly adventures defeating rogue angels, demons, and ghosts. Then shortly before Comic-Con, it was announced that Griffiths would leave to make way for a more formidable female compatriot against the dark arts.

Angelica Celaya

Telenovela star Angelica Zelaya was hired to play fan-familiar comic character Zed, better known as John Constantine’s right-hand woman, was added to the line up. Goyer said that they really wanted Zed instead of the “wide-eyed” Liv, injecting her into the pilot, also changing the demon at the end of the pilot.

Perrineau spoke about his character Manny who is Constantine’s moral counter-part even though he’s an angel. Halford said that his character is the “driving force” behind Constantine who keeps him moving forward from his maudlin past.

Goyer then went on to announce that the composer of the show is award-winner Bear McCreary (LOST, X-Files). They also announced that Constantine’s adventures would be going back “old-school” for the source material of Hellblazer like “…the (Jamie) Delano, (Brian) Azzarello, and (Garth) Ennis stuff.” We meet Constantine after the New Castle incident and shortly after he’s met Swamp Thing. Goyer noted that we will see Papa Midnight and more from the occult corner of the DC universe. Goyer said that he wanted to work in cameos more organically than a guest star of the week, but he also pointed out that they were definitely working in Dr. Fate (as could be seen in the pilot).

Despite WB/DC so clearly creating a definitive Dark universe on TV, word on the street (and from the director’s mouth) is that Guillermo Del Toro is still planning DC Dark Universe on film.

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Guillermo Del Toro speaks with David Goyer at Comic Con 2014.

Del Toro recently said at Comic-Con 2014 that he still has plans for a DC Comics ensemble film that will star quite a few of the company’s supernatural characters, similar to the current “Justice League Dark” series. The lineup for the project includes Swamp Thing, The Demon, John Constantine, Deadman, The Spectre and the father/daughter pair of Zatara and Zatanna.

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“I’m still working on it,” del Toro said to Coming Soon. “Sandman doesn’t figure in the Dark Universe. We have Deadman, we have the Demon, we have Swamp Thing, we have Zatana, we have Constantine, but DC and Warners have been very clear that they are trying to keep those properties separate so when the time comes they can unite them, once they know they’re quantifiable. Batman, Superman, Green Lantern… everyone eventually will come together. Right now, they’re allowing us independence.”

And as far as the “Constantine” television show, since that character will be in the director’s movie:

“No, I had that conversation when the Constantine show was pitched. I said, ‘Do I have to have continuity with that?’ and they said, ‘No, feel free to continue the way you’re going.”

So, WB/DC continues to do head-scratching stuff. Where Marvel may have hamstrung themselves by tying these two worlds together, WB/DC seems hellbent (excuse the pun) on building worlds that NEVER cross (except for between shows), which seems to dull the excitement for unique properties on film since TV gives you something new every week.

What do you think of the WB/DC plans? We have our own opinion on this subject and we think they are getting it wrong.

Check out the new WB/DC Opener for this season: