Fans of DC Comics TV shows should start saving their money now, because the company plans to be taking all of it next year. The next wave of action figures from DC Collectibles will be officially unveiled at Comic-Con International in San Diego next week and TV Insider has your exclusive first look.
After several previous waves of figures featuring characters from Arrow and The Flash, the company is adding Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to the line-up. The Supergirl figures feature the title character, plus Martian Manhunter (both coming out in May 2017), while Legends’ initial trio will be Firestorm, Hawkgirl (both February 2017) and The Atom (later in 2017).
The Arrow and The Flash lines are also growing, with Arrow adding guest stars Constantine and Vixen, while The Flash’s Season 2 villain Zoom is getting in on the action. All three will be available in May 2017.
All of the figures are based on the characters’ DCTV appearances and stand approximately 6.75 inches tall (though we’re guessing that Firestorm’s flaming “hair” might put him over that!) and come with a suggested retail price of $28. [Source]
The series will star Luther’s Steven Mackintosh and Olivia Williams (most recently seen in Anna Karenina), joined by EastEnders’ Kara Tointon, Matt Ryan of Constantine fame, Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van), Hermione Corfield (Pride and Prejudice And Zombies) and Mark Benton (Eddie the Eagle).
Set in 1940, American journalist Joe O’Hara sees first-hand how war impacts life and commerce while observing the staff at a luxury hotel. The Halcyon reflects on the time period through the eyes of the hotel’s modest and hard-working staff, as well as its high-profile guests. [source]
“Haunted” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
MATT RYAN REPRISES HIS ROLE AS JOHN CONSTANTINE ON ARROW – When things take a turn for the worse with Sara (guest star Caity Lotz), Oliver (Stephen Amell) calls in a favor from an old friend who deals in the mystical, John Constantine (guest star Matt Ryan). John Badham directed the episode written by Brian Ford Sullivan & Oscar Balderrama (#404). Original airdate 11/4/2015.
Regarding how Constantine will fit in on the show, it turns out he will be involved in a big question going into this season – just how will Sara Lance be resurrected? After all, Sara was killed at the start of Season 3, but we know she’ll be back as a part of the upcoming spinoff DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, with Caity Lotz returning as Sara and her new alter ego, White Canary. [more at source]
— Matt Ryan (@mattryanreal) August 11, 2015
Matt Ryan, who starred as the title character on NBC’s short-lived DC Comics drama, will reprise his role on an episode of Arrow’s fourth season.
Ryan’s John Constantine — who struggles with his faith as he is haunted by the sins of his past and suddenly is thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness — will guest-star in the fifth episode of Arrow’s fourth season, titled “Haunted.”
According to a description sent by The CW, Constantine will provide valuable support to Oliver (Stephen Amell) when arrows just won’t suffice.
“We are thrilled to have Matt Ryan reprise the role of John Constantine on an upcoming episode of Arrow. Matt is an incredibly talented actor and his portrayal of this beloved character was always something we admired,” said Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim in a statement. “The introduction of magic and mysticism on the show this season has provided a truly organic opportunity for us to bring John Constantine to Arrow and the CW’s DC universe. It will be a well-deserved tip of the hat to all the Constantine fans who were so incredibly supportive of that series.”
The news comes after Arrow star Amell offered to guest on Constantine if the drama were to see a second season — anywhere. Star Ryan, meanwhile, responded with enthusiasm and noted that it would be a “real pleasure to explore these guys’ dynamic.” [more at source]
Matt Ryan, the star of NBC series “Constantine,” and Judith Light have signed on to appear in the Roundabout Theater Company’s upcoming Broadway production of “Therese Raquin,” headlined by Keira Knightley in her Broadway debut.
Ryan will play the man whose passionate affair with protagonist Therese (Knightley) turns dangerous in the production set for an October opening. The show marks Ryan’s Broadway bow, although in the U.K. he’s been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2004. (“Constantine,” the TV series in which he played the title character, did not get renewed for a second season on NBC.)
Gabriel Ebert, a Tony winner for his performance in musical “Matilda,” is also on board for Helen Edmundson’s stage adaptation of the Emile Zola novel. He’ll play the Camille, Therese’s caddish husband, with Light, the “Transparent” actress who’s won two Tonys (“Other Desert Cities,” “The Assembled Parties”), portraying Camille’s domineering mother. Evan Cabnet (“The Model Apartment”) directs.
“Therese Raquin” is part of a Broadway season at the Roundabout that also includes Clive Owen in “Old Times,” Laura Benanti and Josh Radnor in “She Loves Me” and Jessica Lange in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” [source]
EXCLUSIVE: The freshman season of NBC drama Constantine will consist of 13 episodes. The cast and crew of the series were informed on Friday that the series will halt production after completing production on the initial 13-episode order.Constantine will remain in its 10 PM Friday time slot for the remainder of its run.
While NBC recently made a similar decision on freshmen comedy series Bad Judgeand A to Z, I hear the circumstances are different. While Bad Judge and A to Z had been de facto cancelled, Constantine remains in contention for a second-season renewal. [More at source]
Encouraging news for freshman NBC dramas Mysteries of Laura and Constantine. The network has ordered three extra scripts of each show. The script pickup forLaura comes after three episodes, for Constantine, it is being done ahead of the comic book drama’s debut later this month. Both series hail from Warner Bros. TV.
Picking up backup scripts has become a favorite tactic of the broadcast network as it is a relatively inexpensive way to buy a few extra weeks by keeping writers working on shows that executives feel have promise before the nets have to decide on a back episodic order.
The Mysteries of Laura has showed excellent week-to-week retention. In its second episode in its regular Wednesday 8 PM slot, the cop dramedy starring Debra Messing drew a 1.5 in Live+Same Day, matching its rating in Week 1 and also matching the delivery of NBC’s 10 PM drama on the night, Chicago P.D. Meanwhile, Constantine, based on the DC comic, has been tracking very well, with one of the highest awareness levels for a new series this season. The series joins NBC’s Friday genre block on Oct. 24. [Source]
Get ready to fall in love with Matt Ryan.
Ryan stars as John Constantine on NBC’s new fall show, Constantine, and he’s pretty much the absolute perfect choice to play the sarcastic, dangerous and doomed master of the dark arts.
When NBC announced that it was getting into the comic book show game like every other network, fans of DC Comics popular series Hellblazer were psyched to find out that the peacock, partnered with Warner Bros. TV, was moving forward withConstantine, a show based on the comic book character at the center of the franchise. But we all knew that casting the complex and enigmatic lead role of Constantine would make or break the entire show. (Don’t even get us started onKeanu Reeves‘ version of Constantine. Just don’t.)
So thank goodness NBC found Welsh actor Ryan. In the pilot alone, he managed to infuse the fan-favorite character with the right balance of confidence and bravado mixed with self-loathing and grief that make up who the complicated character is.
You see, Constantine has had a rough time when the pilot picks up. Like so many times in the comics, he failed to save someone close to him, and the knowledge that their soul is currently doomed to hell for eternity because of a mistake he made is eating him up inside. But he hides his inner turmoil, covering it up with snarky comments and sarcastic jokes in his signature deadpan humor any chance he gets. He’s tired of his job as a supernatural detective and protector, and yet he knows he has to do it for the greater good. He’s trapped in this life, doomed in his own way.
With any other actor, Constantine would have ended up feeling like yet another reluctant hero, or just a chance for some good-looking actor to brood in a campy supernatural adventure. But Ryan pours so much emotion—pain, hope, regret, grief, desperation—into the titular character that you feel what he feels. You’re hooked from the moment you look into his world-weary eyes. [More at source]
Warner Bros. Television makes another exciting return to New York Comic Con (NYCC) with three new eagerly anticipated series, including Gotham (Mondays, 8/7c on FOX),Forever (Tuesdays, 10/9c on ABC), and Constantine (Fridays 10/9c, on NBC), in addition to returning hits The Following (Midseason on FOX) and Person of Interest (Tuesdays, 10/9c on CBS).
Confirmed to attend New York Comic Con 2014 for panel sessions with fans include Constantine stars Matt Ryan and Angélica Celaya, along with executive producer David S. Goyer; Gotham stars Ben McKenzie, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor and Erin Richards; Forever stars Ioan Gruffudd and Alana De La Garza, along with executive producer Matt Miller; The Following’s Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore and executive producer Marcos Siega; Person of Interest’s Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Amy Acker and Kevin Chapman, along with executive producer Greg Plageman.
For the second year at NYCC, Warner Bros. Television will host preview night screenings in the Main Stage on Thursday, October 9. Fans will not only view the complete pilot episode of the hotly anticipated series Constantine (series premiere Friday, October 24, 10/9c on NBC), but also the season two premiere episode ofThe 100 (season two premiere Wednesday, October 22 9/8c on The CW) will be screened. [Source]