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NBC ‘Constantine’ Pilot Gets a Villain at “Midnite,” Plus New Hellblazing Details

Constantine TV Series NBC Papa Midnite Matt Ryan
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It wasn’t until late Friday night that NBC’s forthcoming David Goyer-scripted ‘Constantine‘ pilot had a face to its title character, but it seems the demon-fighting detective may already have his villain as well. New details of NBC’s ‘Constantine’ TV series have emerged, including a major baddie of the first season, none other than comic character Papa Midnite!

While we’ve already learned that ‘Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior’ star Ryan will play the enigmatic and irreverent con man turned supernatural detective John Constantine, with ‘Game of ThronesNeil Marshall set to helm a pilot written and executive produced by ‘The Mentalist’ executive producer Daniel Cerone and DC feature writer David S. Goyer, Bleeding Cool uncovered some significant new details of the pilot:

The pilot episode is set in and around New York. Some scenes take place in the Ravenscar Psychiatric Hospital, which was located in the UK in the Hellblazer comics but has been moved over the Atlantic for the purposes of TV. As far as I can tell, the intended series is meant to stick to New York too, special episodes or temporary trips to other locales notwithstanding.

Introduced in the pilot, with a subplot providing him a kind of origin, is the character of Papa Midnite. As the series runs on, we’ll see Midnite and Constantine facing off again and again, as the stakes get higher and higher.

For those unfamiliar with the original John Constantine, who first appeared in 1985, created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jamie Delano, Papa Midnite is known as an immortal voodoo priest and organized crime leader, and foe to John Constantine in the ‘Hellblazer’ comics from which ‘Constantine’ derives. Worth noting is that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ star Djimon Hounsou even played an incarnation of the villain in the 2005 Keanu Reeves ‘Constantine’ adaptation.

Also still uncast are the roles of “Liv” and “Manny,” along with “Chas,” most likely that of Constantine’s comic sidekick and taxi driver Frank William “Chas” Chandler.

We’re certainly excited to see NBC’s ‘Constantine’ coming together, but what say you? What aspects of the original comics would you want to see make it into NBC’s new rendition?

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