Now as the series commitments are getting confirmed, the trailers for these comic book show adaptations are hitting quick. Now the Constantine trailer has hit the scene giving us our first glimpse as to what the series will be like this fall on NBC. I’ll link the trailer below as I just got a youtube link to embed in here, sadly at this stage it is region locked but there is a solution! Thanks to Ari of Comics and Cookies I have a region free trailer that I can share with you good people across the rest of the world, check it out here. Either way, you can watch the trailer and we can all chat about it from there, so links in two places and after you’re done watching head on below and I’ll share more of my reactions. I’ll be here, just watch the trailer, enjoy and learn more about the Constantine show.
Now that hopefully everyone is caught up, time for Constantine trailer reaction time! I’m not a die hard Hellblazer fan but I’ve read enough to see that at least they got the look right. The people working on this show are wanting to connect the comic and television worlds to satisfy as many people as possible. Take note of this, Matt Ryan as John Constantine is an improvement over Keanu Reeves, a dramatic one. Captures the personality, wit, conversational tone, and he looks the part and that helps in believing he is Constantine. I was initially afraid that the show was going to try to be Constantine by way of The CW’s Supernatural and the trailer ends that speculation quick. Now in the full show I don’t know what we’ll be in for but at least in the trailer there’s an immense amount of promise in the full show.
Impressing me even further is the fact that NBC is scheduling Constantine after Grimm on Friday nights. I had a feeling they were going to do it as it just made sense and NBC did the the smart play. As I was thinking about all these comic shows, NBC’s best bet for Constantine to go over with the audience was to pair it with Grimm. The audiences will go together smoothly, at least let’s hope so for the sake of Constantine. I’m optimistic about Constantine as it looks like a good show if it lives up to the promise of the trailer. Response wise sounds positive so I’m happy to see where this goes from that rocking trailer.
I never thought I’d be in an age where this many comic books would be hitting television screens at the same time. To start this off we have Agents of SHIELD renewed and Agent Carter on the way, Now DC’s lineup for television is insanity in a good way, Constantine on NBC, Gotham on Fox, The Flash and iZombie on the CW, with Arrow renewed for another season too. Don’t forget The Walking Dead on AMC returning in the fall, which means eight comic book shows are going to be on TV at the same time. This is huge to say the least because right now this proves that comics on TV are big business, especially with that Preacher adaptation on the way from AMC. Which means if these shows all survive by that point, we’ll have nine comic book shows on TV. If I’m missing anything else please let me know, I’m just astonished as to how many comics are appearing on the screens and how many are going to be on TV at the same time.
Now I’m still unsure as to the survival of the new shows on the scene. Agent Carter has potential to be huge as my own shock of my Mom getting excited about the series. She heard about the premise of Agent Carter and she got intrigued, I can’t wait to see who else will be in this cast. The Flash should be an easy sell as it ties into Arrow with Grant Gustin’s take on Barry Allen going over well with everyone. iZombie could be a touchy sell as it exists in its own little world but it has a strong creative pedigree behind it. Constantine on NBC is one I’m unsure about though if paired with Grimm NBC could have something there. Gotham will be the next easiest one to get a second season next to The Flash because Fox paid huge money for that show. Gotham also has the bonus of having a strong cast to build the series. Gotham’s push of showing what puts Jim Gordon and Young Bruce Wayne into their respective roles while building Batman’s rogues gallery in the process should be a winner. Even more amazing is how I managed to shove in that many perspectives into one paragraph, that’s impressive.
Right now I really don’t have too much to say on a lot of the new shows, I’m in awe of the fact that we’re going to have that many comic shows on in the first place. I do consider this huge despite my cynicism on a few things, this is a big deal for me to see. Either of these shows could hit big, could get renewed, and have potential to last a few years. As I start to see trailers for more of this I’ll have more to say in the months to come but for right now, I remain hopeful. Please let these all be as solid as what I hope they could be, I want a vibrant future for comics on my TV screen as much as anyone else.