Matt Ryan as John Constantine (Photo: CW Seed)
Back in 2014, one of my favorite characters from DC Comics, John Constantine, was given his own television series on NBC. The series, which was simply called Constantine, starred Welsh actor Matt Ryan in the title role and used many of the classic stories from the original Hellblazer comics that were published by DC’s subsidiary comics imprint Vertigo. Despite strong stories and a very good cast, NBC never quite figured out how to promote Constantine properly, and it was cancelled after just one 13-episode season due to poor ratings in its Friday night time slot, much to the disappointment of a small but loyal fan base.
Does any of this sound familiar?
I’m a huge fan of science-fiction, and my first love is Firefly, but there’s more to this geek than my coat of a brownish color. For example, I’m also an avid reader and collector of comic books. I have been since I was a little kid. My personal comics collection numbers in the thousands and I read dozens of titles regularly, both from the big publishers, DC and Marvel, and the smaller independent companies. I’ve often said that if my wife knew what my monthly comics budget really amounted to, I’d probably be in some very big trouble!
So, of course I was very interested in something that caught my eye last week online. In a January 3 post on the website Bleeding Cool, Rich Johnston reported that DC Comics admitted in a late-2015 blog post that fan protests on social media had, in fact, affected DC’s decisions on how to move forward with certain characters.