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Matt Ryan will be your John Constantine in NBC's upcoming television series

02.24.2014

NBC has found their John Constantine for their television adaptation of the DC comic, and it's Matt Ryan. No, not "Matty Ice," the quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. This Matt Ryan is a Welsh actor, probably best known for playing Mick Rawson in television's CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR and for voicing Edward Kenway in the video game ASSASSIN'S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG. The actor has also appeared in several movies, such as LAYER CAKE, FLYPAPER, and MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY.

NBC's CONSTANTINE was written by Daniel Cerone (THE MENTALIST) from a story he developed with David S. Goyer, and last month we learned Neil Marshall (DOG SOLDIERS, THE DESCENT) will be directing the pilot.

"John Constantine is described as a working-class Londoner with rakish good looks, scruffy blond hair, deadpan humor, and signature trench coat, who has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager. When the daughter of a late friend is targeted by demons, Constantine steps in to save her."

Although Matt Ryan's hair is scruffy, but not very blond, I'm fine with this casting decision. He should make a decent John Constantine, but like I've said a couple of times about this project, a lot is going to depend on how Goyer and Cerone handle the original source material for the adaptation.

But will there also be enough room on the small screen for another comic book adaptation? With ARROW and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. already airing, and GOTHAM and FLASH in the works, the networks might get a little oversaturated with all of these comic book television series.

But for right now, let's deal with today's news: Matt Ryan is the new John Constantine. Think a different actor should play the character? Share your thoughts and opinions below in the Strikeback!

Source: Deadline

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11:28PM on 02/24/2014
At one point we had three CSIs, three Law and Orders, NCIS, the Mentalist, Bones, Numbers, the Closer and Without a Trace all on TV at the same time and that doesn't include NCIS: LA which started around the time Numbers got cancelled. That represented the saturation of detective shows on TV.
At one point we had three CSIs, three Law and Orders, NCIS, the Mentalist, Bones, Numbers, the Closer and Without a Trace all on TV at the same time and that doesn't include NCIS: LA which started around the time Numbers got cancelled. That represented the saturation of detective shows on TV.
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3:40PM on 02/24/2014
There were just so many better choices!
There were just so many better choices!
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12:08PM on 02/24/2014
As far as the looks matter, they can always get him to dye his hair blonde. Not as big of a deal as whether or not he can actually act!

As far as over saturation goes. Well with things like this it becomes survival of the fittest. If the networks want to load up on comic adaptions for their series, then they better bring their A-game to ensure the show is successful. Because as you pointed out there are going to be approx. 4 alternatives to Constantine come this fall. All of that said,
As far as the looks matter, they can always get him to dye his hair blonde. Not as big of a deal as whether or not he can actually act!

As far as over saturation goes. Well with things like this it becomes survival of the fittest. If the networks want to load up on comic adaptions for their series, then they better bring their A-game to ensure the show is successful. Because as you pointed out there are going to be approx. 4 alternatives to Constantine come this fall. All of that said, I don't think you can really say Agents of SHIELD is going to be top competition for any of the shows mentioned in the article, so I'm already confident Constantine will be a better show.
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11:21AM on 02/24/2014
There is absolutely no way this works as a network show. The series is incredibly graphic, and they can't even come close to the necessary level on NBC. Sadly, I feel like we're looking at yet another Gimm/Buffy/Once Upon a Time here... Hope I'm wrong. Also, Jamie Bamber should have been Constantine.
There is absolutely no way this works as a network show. The series is incredibly graphic, and they can't even come close to the necessary level on NBC. Sadly, I feel like we're looking at yet another Gimm/Buffy/Once Upon a Time here... Hope I'm wrong. Also, Jamie Bamber should have been Constantine.
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1:10PM on 02/24/2014
The series may be incredibly graphic, but I do believe that they can at least come close on NBC. For proof I'd direct you to watch Hannibal. Well done writing, acting and very brutal and graphic kills (especially for network television).
The series may be incredibly graphic, but I do believe that they can at least come close on NBC. For proof I'd direct you to watch Hannibal. Well done writing, acting and very brutal and graphic kills (especially for network television).
11:15AM on 02/24/2014
This is fine by me.

I just hope Charlie Hunnam, Guy Pearce, or Paul Bettany has the chance to play Constantine in the big screen version for Del Toro.
This is fine by me.

I just hope Charlie Hunnam, Guy Pearce, or Paul Bettany has the chance to play Constantine in the big screen version for Del Toro.
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10:28AM on 02/24/2014
I was rooting for Damian Lewis and I like the suggestion of Marc Warren too but I've got no reason to doubt Matt Ryan at this point and I'm actually pretty glad they didn't cast an American.
I was rooting for Damian Lewis and I like the suggestion of Marc Warren too but I've got no reason to doubt Matt Ryan at this point and I'm actually pretty glad they didn't cast an American.
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9:34AM on 02/24/2014

Oversatuartion?

When you think of all the other kind of shows that are currently on the air and how many are similar. i mean how many CSI shows does one need? And lets not even talk about reality tv. So i think a few shows about comic book people wont be a problem. Cant wait for this one along with all the other ones that are coming! Its a good time to be a comic fan.
When you think of all the other kind of shows that are currently on the air and how many are similar. i mean how many CSI shows does one need? And lets not even talk about reality tv. So i think a few shows about comic book people wont be a problem. Cant wait for this one along with all the other ones that are coming! Its a good time to be a comic fan.
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7:40AM on 02/24/2014
Matt Ryan had bleached hair in Flypaper. Kind of surprised more people aren't using those pictures. He has charmingly roguish in Flypaper as I remember it. Haven't seen it in awhile. I like his look for the part. Kinda handsome but kinda worked over too.
Matt Ryan had bleached hair in Flypaper. Kind of surprised more people aren't using those pictures. He has charmingly roguish in Flypaper as I remember it. Haven't seen it in awhile. I like his look for the part. Kinda handsome but kinda worked over too.
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7:32AM on 02/24/2014
Not sure how this will turn out as I'm not familiar with him, though I was having Paul Bettany in mind for the role.
Not sure how this will turn out as I'm not familiar with him, though I was having Paul Bettany in mind for the role.
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