NBC has released the first big trailer for Daniel Cerone's small screen adaptation of the DC comic Hellblazer. Titled after the lead character, John Constantine, Constantine will star Matt Ryan as a man who "specializes in giving hell... hell." The 3-minute video jumps around a bit, but gives us plenty of dark and occasionally disturbing glimpses at this new series. Constantine looks like a great fit for NBC's Friday night lineup, where the network tends to put some of its darker material. See also Grimm and Hannibal. The trailer also teases plenty of fire -- fitting for a series so focused on hell -- and some traces of humor, which may work nicely to offset some of the tension.
Here's the official description for Constantine, which stars Matt Ryan, Lucy Griffiths, Harold perinea and Charles Halford...
Based on the wildly popular DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, “True Blood”), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her.
Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.
And here's a clip...
Even those who aren't familiar with the comics on which this series is based may be intrigued by its dark and supernatural setting and some of the thrilling imagery glimpsed in the trailer. Beyond that, there's the potential for a great team-up between Constantine and Liv, the former of whom has the skills and experience to guide the latter as she learns about that world behind our world.
NBC has Constantine set to air on Friday night. View the full 2014-2015 lineup here.