5 "Hellblazer" Stories Fit for the TV Show
- by Ninja Ross, 23 April 2014
I may or may not have mentioned it before, but I happen to be a huge fan of Hellblazer. It’s full of horror, political satire and it’s just plain awesome. And now they’re making a TV show, starring Matt Ryan! Isn’t that cool?!?
Well, it COULD be cool. They’re having trouble convincing NBC to allow the character to smoke, something that’s pretty essential. They’re also saying that “multiple DC guest stars” is a selling point, which it shouldn’t be. “Multiple DC guest stars” take a lot away from Arrow, already; especially since what they really mean is “Batman’s D-List villains.”
Problems aside, what we know of the plot so far is... Interesting. I don’t like it. I meant interesting in a negative sense. Shocktilyoudrop.com claims to have obtained a script for the pilot, and they’ve lists the key point, if you care to read it.
Chas looks stupid, this whole sidekick thing is stupid, being set in New York is stupid. It’s a lot of stupid. But at least they got the mental hospital thing right.
So, screw that. Let’s take a look at some Hellblazer stories that they should be looking at for the series. Some stories that could easily be adapted for the small screen.
2. DANGEROUS HABITS
3. STARING AT THE WALL
4. FREEZES OVER
5. SON OF MAN
It has a fair few comedic moments, besides the fourth wall breaking, and still offers some darker moments. In my opinion, it's some of Garth Ennis' best work on Hellblazer. Unfortunately, I highly doubt they’re going to go for anything that’ll take away from the dark, miserable gritty attitude they’ll no doubt force into the show. But still, I think this story would be ideal to show the lighter side of Constantine.
And that about wraps it up! These are the kind of stories Goyer and company should be looking at. These stories have no sidekicks. And Chas isn’t “a tall, sensitive, quiet type.” Jesus... At least Matt Ryan looks the part, I guess...
While Ninja Ross mumbles to himself about NBC’s upcoming “Constantine,” why don’t you tell us what stories you think would work! Are you looking forward to the show? Or are you going to give it a miss? Tell us all about it below!