In January 2020, it was announced that JJ Abramsand his production company Bad Robot, were working on a series of DC Comics-centric films and shows Justice League Dark, a branch of the Justice League dedicated to combating mystical and supernatural threats. Little news came from the projects until February 2021, when it was announced that they would be teaming up with HBO Max for a new one. Constantine series, and now we get some plot details. According to a report from Knight Edge Media, fans can expect the new series to be a mix of “urban action, body horror, and the supernatural.”
In DC Comics, John Constantine is a wizard and occult detective created by Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Veitchand John Totleben. He’s a fan-favorite part of the mystical side of the DC Universe, often seen battling demons and teaming up with fellow Justice League members Dark Swamp Thing, Madame Xanadu, Zatanna, and Detective Chimp.
Based on the recently released series synopsis, it looks like the series will tackle the character’s origins. Rather than the seasoned, jaded persona fans have come to expect from Constantine, they’ll see the character’s early days as he is first drawn “into the dark and treacherous world of the occult.” Read the full synopsis below:
“The series mixes urban action, body horror and the supernatural on the streets of modern-day London. It follows a young man whose whole world is turned upside down when a chance encounter with a young girl drags him into the dark and treacherous world of the occult.
Along with the synopsis, two casting calls for the series have also been released and can be read below:
“[AKARA] – Female, 10 years old, of Cambodian origin. The emotional heart of our story. REGULAR SERIES. SPEAK ENGLISH WITH AN ACCENT. THIS ROLE WILL ALSO SPEAK KHMER, SO PLEASE NOTE THE LEVEL OF FLUIDITY.
[PICH] – Male, 60 years and over, of Cambodian origin. Akara’s stoic grandfather. Although he doesn’t look it, he is incredibly strong at times despite his age. REGULAR SERIES POSSIBLE. SPEAK ENGLISH WITH AN ACCENT. THIS ROLE WILL ALSO SPEAK KHMER, SO PLEASE NOTE THE LEVEL OF FLUIDITY. »
The first casting call adds some credence to the theory that it will be tackling Constantine’s origins. In the comics, the character’s tragic backstory involved a young girl he failed to save, and she ended up being dragged to hell, that mistake and failure haunting him for much of his life. career.
This series will be the third live-action adaptation of the character. It was first played by Keanu Reeves in the 2005 movie Constantine. The character was then played by matt ryan in the NBC series Constantine then would reprise the role on Arrowverse shows on The CW, eventually becoming a series regular on Legends of tomorrow. The character has also appeared in a number of animated films, series, and video games over the years.
This new Constantine The series for HBO Max is set to begin filming in September in London and Morocco. Stay tuned to Collider for any future updates on the project.
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