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The new Supernatural ?

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It’s not breaking news that comic book superheroes have been a dominating trend in television and film as of late, seizing the crown from the fading vampire vs. werewolf craze. Among the top of these franchises is Marvel, which has been topping the charts with box office hits including X-men: Days of Future Past to the recent Guardians of the Galaxy and to Avengers spin-off show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But where is comic rival DC in all of this?
Though I am personally more of a Marvel fangirl, DC is stepping up their game with the upcoming show Constantine – think a grittier Supernatural interspersed with bouts of dark humor.
Based on the DC comic series, Hellblazer, Constantine revolves around John Constantine, a cynical, sarcastic con-man turned self-proclaimed master of the dark arts and demon hunter. Constantine is quite the interesting character in the comics – an Englishman who has an extreme fondness for cigarettes and exclaiming the word “Bollocks”.
However, beneath his wisecracking exterior lies an extremely complex character who constantly struggles to live with the skeletons in his closet. Heck, in the show’s trailer, it’s already revealed that Constantine lives in regret for somehow giving up someone else’s soul and is hoping to redeem himself.
Portraying John Constantine is Welsh actor Matt Ryan, whose role as the titular character has been received positively by the media. Other cast members include Angélica Celaya, portraying Liv, a girl from Constantine’s past, and Irish actor Emmet Scanlan, who plays homicide detective Jim Corrigan. In addition, executive producers include Daniel Cerone, a writer featured on The Mentalist and Dexter, and David Goyer, an executive producer of The Dark Knight Rises.
The show itself is one of the most highly anticipated this fall season, releasing its first trailer in May earlier this year and making an appearance at Comic-Con. Though a good deal of the show’s appeal is drawn from fans of the original comic series, producers of the show ensure that being unfamiliar with Hellblazer will not hinder any from enjoying the series. With the season premiere on October 24th, the show presents itself to be an exciting thrill to enjoy.

Written by Brianna Ganzon

Brianna Ganzon is currently a junior who enjoys the finer things in life like going to the beach, eating frozen yogurt, scuba diving, watching Doctor Who marathons, listening to alternative music, and hanging out around San Diego with her buds. She is both a cartoonist and staff writer on the MC Sun.

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