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(Newsarama)   The top ten picks for the role of Constantine in NBC's adaptation of Hellblazer. Warning: Obligatory Benedict Cumberbatch appearance   (newsarama.com) divider line 51
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2013-09-28 07:58:39 PM
Trying to adapt Hellblazer to a F*CKING NETWORK will probably never be satisfying.

The original Hellblazer was pretty much the anti-FCC in terms of decency.

Of course, they rebooted the comic recently, and I've had no interest in checking it out. Maybe they ruined that, too.
 
2013-09-28 10:24:54 PM
James Marsters would be a good choice.
 
2013-09-28 10:27:54 PM

Sid_6.7: rying to adapt Hellblazer to a F*CKING NETWORK will probably never be satisfying.

The original Hellblazer was pretty much the anti-FCC in terms of decency.


I dunno, NBC did Hannibal and it's gorier than almost any horror movie I've seen.
 
2013-09-28 10:38:19 PM
I still say go with Sting.

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2013-09-28 10:38:57 PM

Mugato: Sid_6.7: rying to adapt Hellblazer to a F*CKING NETWORK will probably never be satisfying.

The original Hellblazer was pretty much the anti-FCC in terms of decency.

I dunno, NBC did Hannibal and it's gorier than almost any horror movie I've seen.


They can pretty much sew dead babies and kittens together on network TV these days, so long as there is no actual loving sex. I think rape is okay because the violence part outweighs the sex part.
 
2013-09-28 10:47:26 PM

Mugato: NBC did Hannibal and it's gorier than almost any horror movie I've seen.


Yep
 
2013-09-28 10:50:21 PM
 
2013-09-28 11:08:14 PM

Mugato: I dunno, NBC did Hannibal and it's gorier than almost any horror movie I've seen.


Really?  I guess I'll have to download that.
 
2013-09-28 11:21:00 PM
Constantine is a NORTHERNER. It'd be more suited for a younger Sean Bean,  or Chris Eccleston than any of the guys listed.
 
2013-09-28 11:26:56 PM
James Marsters


I like Stephen Moyer too. But he had a
Job right now and I don't see him giving up "True Blood" for a maybe with a network.

Getting to work with your wife aside.
 
2013-09-28 11:41:15 PM

bulok: Constantine is a NORTHERNER. It'd be more suited for a younger Sean Bean,  or Chris Eccleston than any of the guys listed.


Definitely should be a Scouser.
 
2013-09-28 11:55:49 PM

Mad_Radhu: Mugato: Sid_6.7: rying to adapt Hellblazer to a F*CKING NETWORK will probably never be satisfying.

The original Hellblazer was pretty much the anti-FCC in terms of decency.

I dunno, NBC did Hannibal and it's gorier than almost any horror movie I've seen.

They can pretty much sew dead babies and kittens together on network TV these days, so long as there is no actual loving sex. I think rape is okay because the violence part outweighs the sex part.


Even then they shy away from it as much as possible even on ad supported cable (see pseudo rape scene Walking Dead)

SVU is about as close to rape as I've EVER seen on network TV
 
2013-09-29 12:00:09 AM
Rhys Ifans. That is all.
 
2013-09-29 12:06:33 AM
If the first episode is a books of magic crossover I am in.
 
2013-09-29 12:09:15 AM
Came to mention Hannibal, leaving satisfied
 
2013-09-29 12:13:04 AM

Babwa Wawa: Mugato: I dunno, NBC did Hannibal and it's gorier than almost any horror movie I've seen.

Really?  I guess I'll have to download that.


It's beautifully shot too. Very iconic.

The totum pole...cripes.
 
2013-09-29 12:16:50 AM

TemperedEdge: Rhys Ifans. That is all.


You read my mind.
 
2013-09-29 12:18:08 AM
I bet Mackenzie Crook could do a good job of this.
 
2013-09-29 12:23:06 AM
Finally a successful vehicle for Ellen Cleghorne. Seriously though, I would have liked to see a few more Americans on that list. You limey bastards have been taking too many of our American super hero roles and I think it is about time we take a few back. Also

 David Anders could work.
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2013-09-29 12:46:21 AM

Bathia_Mapes: James Marsters would be a good choice.


He is the only choice.
 
2013-09-29 01:22:00 AM

Zombie DJ: Bathia_Mapes: James Marsters would be a good choice.

He is the only choice.


As a big fan of the series during it's original run I always imagined Sting playing JC if a movie were ever made. He's too old now to credibly pull it off sad to say.

And while it would be fun to see a Tennant or a Laurie JC I gotta go with James here as well.

I could see him knocking it out of the park if the writing/directing/editing are on par with him.
 
2013-09-29 01:39:01 AM
After watching Broadchurch, I could see David Tennant as a possibility. He can pull off the rumpled, disheveled style with a haunted look in his eyes that says he has seen too much disturbing shiat.
 
2013-09-29 02:14:28 AM
Nicolas Cage.

/as everyone in Hellblazer
 
2013-09-29 02:27:22 AM
Is this the same Constantine Keanu reeves played?

I actually liked him in that movie, not that he would be suited to it these days.
 
2013-09-29 03:06:25 AM

Ambivalence: Is this the same Constantine Keanu reeves played?

I actually liked him in that movie, not that he would be suited to it these days.


I'm no longer 12 years old, so I realize comic books are not a respectable form of story-telling, so I've never read the source material, but I've always thought the movie Constantine as very underrated, and Keanu also very underrated in the titular role. Probably unearned fallout from the terrible Matrix sequels.
 
2013-09-29 03:12:01 AM

Funbags: Ambivalence: Is this the same Constantine Keanu reeves played?

I actually liked him in that movie, not that he would be suited to it these days.

I'm no longer 12 years old, so I realize comic books are not a respectable form of story-telling, so I've never read the source material, but I've always thought the movie Constantine as very underrated, and Keanu also very underrated in the titular role. Probably unearned fallout from the terrible Matrix sequels.


I went back and watched it on a lark a couple years back. I thought it held up well.

/tilda swenton ... Strangely yum.
 
2013-09-29 04:16:36 AM
None of those are good choices. It looked like a who's who of top current fan favorite British actors and one American.

Just give it to John Simm and be done with it already.
 
2013-09-29 05:21:08 AM

Funbags: Ambivalence: Is this the same Constantine Keanu reeves played?

I actually liked him in that movie, not that he would be suited to it these days.

I'm no longer 12 years old, so I realize comic books are not a respectable form of story-telling, so I've never read the source material, but I've always thought the movie Constantine as very underrated, and Keanu also very underrated in the titular role. Probably unearned fallout from the terrible Matrix sequels.


I agree that it's actually a pretty good movie, but from what I understand the film version has very little in common with the comics. Then again, what Hollywood production is at all faithful to its source these days?
 
2013-09-29 05:27:06 AM
Funbags: I'm no longer 12 years old American so I realize comic books are not a respectable form of story-telling,

In most of the rest of the world graphic novels enjoy the same respectability as any other artistic medium while too many in America still consider them strictly kid's stuff.

I blame Wertham.
 
2013-09-29 05:56:17 AM
wtf no love for Jonny Lee Miller?!
 
2013-09-29 07:50:11 AM
Peak Cumberbatch?
 
2013-09-29 08:12:30 AM

mekki: None of those are good choices. It looked like a who's who of top current fan favorite British actors and one American.

Just give it to John Simm and be done with it already.


Simm would be a very good choice but i can't see him sticking around for more than a season. He has a history of leaving a program when he gets bored.
 
2013-09-29 08:39:33 AM

stonelotus: wtf no love for Jonny Lee Miller?!


I think he's already got a job on network TV.
 
2013-09-29 08:48:49 AM
Benedict has better things to do.
 
2013-09-29 08:54:20 AM
...We've just started watching the new Who, and given a few of the darker episodes, I'd really like to see them give David Tennant a shot.
 
2013-09-29 09:18:31 AM
Pat Oswald
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Because it's NBC and they can't help but to "F" it up.
No matter how deep and rich the source the material.
 
2013-09-29 10:28:02 AM

Funbags: Ambivalence: Is this the same Constantine Keanu reeves played?

I actually liked him in that movie, not that he would be suited to it these days.

I'm no longer 12 years old, so I realize comic books are not a respectable form of story-telling, so I've never read the source material, but I've always thought the movie Constantine as very underrated, and Keanu also very underrated in the titular role. Probably unearned fallout from the terrible Matrix sequels.


Trust me, Hellblazer was never written for 12-year-olds, and the opinion you expressed along those lines definitely shows that you've never read the source material.
 
2013-09-29 11:10:05 AM
Holy farking shiatballs!!!  I comic book-related casting choice that doesn't have all the Fillionaires twirling their browncoats over their heads screaming "NATHAAAAAN!!!!".  This is a rare day, indeed!  I may play the lotto!
 
2013-09-29 11:10:55 AM

Sid_6.7: Funbags: Ambivalence: Is this the same Constantine Keanu reeves played?

I actually liked him in that movie, not that he would be suited to it these days.

I'm no longer 12 years old, so I realize comic books are not a respectable form of story-telling, so I've never read the source material, but I've always thought the movie Constantine as very underrated, and Keanu also very underrated in the titular role. Probably unearned fallout from the terrible Matrix sequels.

Trust me, Hellblazer was never written for 12-year-olds, and the opinion you expressed along those lines definitely shows that you've never read the source material.


There's always one asshole that thinks he's clever with that "I'm not a kid, so I don't read comics, hurr-durr" non-sense.
 
2013-09-29 11:28:02 AM
Joseph Gilgun. There - sorted.

Now - MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
 
2013-09-29 12:24:21 PM

AtlanticCoast63: ...We've just started watching the new Who, and given a few of the darker episodes, I'd really like to see them give David Tennant a shot.


Like I said upthread, if you want to see Tennant do dark, check out Broadchurch. It's a really well done mystery/crime drama. What's really good about it is how it examines how the murder tears the victim's family and small community apart instead of just treating it like a puzzle to be solved. Kind of surprising to see from the guy who wrote Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.
 
2013-09-29 12:29:36 PM

Bedurndurn: stonelotus: wtf no love for Jonny Lee Miller?!

I think he's already got a job on network TV.


Plus with the current ratings, CBS is probably going to keep the Elementary running for at least another 5-10 years.
 
2013-09-29 01:36:43 PM

Wolf_Blitzer: Funbags: Ambivalence: Is this the same Constantine Keanu reeves played?

I actually liked him in that movie, not that he would be suited to it these days.

I'm no longer 12 years old, so I realize comic books are not a respectable form of story-telling, so I've never read the source material, but I've always thought the movie Constantine as very underrated, and Keanu also very underrated in the titular role. Probably unearned fallout from the terrible Matrix sequels.

I agree that it's actually a pretty good movie, but from what I understand the film version has very little in common with the comics. Then again, what Hollywood production is at all faithful to its source these days?


TheBeef dies. What else matters?
 
2013-09-29 05:11:36 PM
Marsters is American. While I think he would be great, wasn't the point of the article to only look at people from the U.K.?
 
2013-09-29 05:15:53 PM

lasercannon: Finally a successful vehicle for Ellen Cleghorne. Seriously though, I would have liked to see a few more Americans on that list. You limey bastards have been taking too many of our American super hero roles and I think it is about time we take a few back. Also

 David Anders could work.


Don't know if I see him as Constantine, but he'd be an interesting Lucifer from the Constantine series.
 
2013-09-29 08:22:37 PM

Funbags: Ambivalence: Is this the same Constantine Keanu reeves played?

I actually liked him in that movie, not that he would be suited to it these days.

I'm no longer 12 years old, so I realize comic books are not a respectable form of story-telling, so I've never read the source material, but I've always thought the movie Constantine as very underrated, and Keanu also very underrated in the titular role. Probably unearned fallout from the terrible Matrix sequels.


Thirded. I liked Keanu in Constantine. The purists will always hate on anything that deviates from thd canon. Just look at the nerd rage over the Star Trek reboot
 
2013-09-29 08:40:49 PM

Wolf_Blitzer: Then again, what Hollywood production is at all faithful to its source these days?


47 Ronin?  I mean, check it, Hollywood even put samurai swords and shiat in it.

/this is snark, was hoping for a faithful adaptation and was left sorely disappointed by the trailer
 
2013-09-29 08:49:10 PM

Sid_6.7: Funbags: Ambivalence: Is this the same Constantine Keanu reeves played?

I actually liked him in that movie, not that he would be suited to it these days.

I'm no longer 12 years old, so I realize comic books are not a respectable form of story-telling, so I've never read the source material, but I've always thought the movie Constantine as very underrated, and Keanu also very underrated in the titular role. Probably unearned fallout from the terrible Matrix sequels.

Trust me, Hellblazer was never written for 12-year-olds, and the opinion you expressed along those lines definitely shows that you've never read the source material.


Yeah, the "Suggested for mature readers" warning isn't on the Vertigo label for shiats and giggles.


Yakk: If the first episode is a books of magic crossover I am in.


That might seem to some like they were trying to piggyback on Harry Potter. Yes, I know, "Books" came first but a lot of people probably don't.
 
2013-09-29 09:22:31 PM
The keanu movie doesnt really deviate from canon, its just not the british constantine, its the american one, also known as "golden Constantine" ..

But seriously, the worst thing about the movie was that it made the supernatural into two sides, when hellblazer always had a megaton of sides as far as supernatural was concerned.
 
2013-09-29 10:56:27 PM

IcedTorch: The keanu movie doesnt really deviate from canon, its just not the british constantine, its the american one, also known as "golden Constantine" ..

But seriously, the worst thing about the movie was that it made the supernatural into two sides, when hellblazer always had a megaton of sides as far as supernatural was concerned.


interesting note. I always wanted Constatine to show up in the show, Supernatural. Funny thing is I read later that Castiel's look was specifically picked to look like him. Apparently Kripke and I read all the same books as teens.
 
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