NBC’s ‘Constantine’ Alters Major Character Trait

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Hellblazer #300In a recent interview with Collider, Constantine pilot director Neil Marshall dropped some information about NBC’s upcoming series that may upset hardcore fans of the titular character. Matt Ryan’s John Constantine will not be seen smoking in the series. When asked if NBC would allow Constantine to smoke on TV, Marshall responded:

No we’re not. It’s the one thing, a compromise I guess. On network it’s the one thing you can’t smoke on network.  That’s one of his character traits. We’re working around that. We’re trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We’ll see.

In the popular long-running Vertigo series Hellblazer, as well as the recent DC Comics reboot, Constantine is portrayed as a relentless chain smoker. His smoking has even lead to him developing lung cancer which was a major plot device used in 2005’s Constantine starring Keanu Reeves. When asked if the series would have Constantine develop some type of cancer Neil Marshall replied, “I have no idea where the story is going to go beyond the pilot, so I can’t answer that one.”

Hellblazer fans need not worry too much, though. While this one character trait may be altered for television, Marshall still promises the series will be “as dark and scary as possible” and will “explore all kinds of things” with the exception of Constantine’s chain smoking.

Constantine premieres October 24, 2014 at 10PM ET on NBC.