Constantine is a decent enough superhero movie, but as anyone who has read The Hellblazer comic series (re-titled multiple times, including when it was called Constantine) knows, the version of John Constantine in that film was far from ideal.
ComingSoon.net asked the director of the 2005 film, Francis Lawrence, about what he would do differently today, in an age where audiences embrace authenticity to the original comics, even the weirder ideas, and R-rated comic book films are more prevalent:
“Wow. It’s a tricky question. Now I’ve made seven movies, that was my first. I think there’s definite story issues, I would change some things there. I would definitely give it more levity, things like that. It’s tricky because if I’m starting from scratch I would have had him, like in the material, be blonde and English. Right? I wasn’t the first one hired on the movie, so it’s a whole different thing, but it’s tricky because I love Keanu and I think he did a great job in the movie and all of that, but it’s a tough tough thing. I think the biggest things I would change are in the story, I think it gets too bogged down in supernatural gobbledygook at the end of the movie. If I’d known we were getting an R I would have really made an R-rated movie. We followed all the PG-13 rules, but still got an R so it’s not really an R. That’s what I would suggest.”
Yes, DC, listen to this. Take this to heart when making Justice League Dark. In fact, I may even know the perfect actor to play John Constantine, and his name is Matt Ryan. If you’ve seen him in Constantine the TV show, Arrow, or Legends of Tomorrow, you know what I’m talking about!
How do you feel about the movie Constantine? Did you think it was great, or would you too have preferred it was more in-line with the comics? Let us know in the comment section below, mate!
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