David Goyer Doesn’t Think ‘Constantine’ Should Have Ended Up At NBC


Unsurprisingly, David S. Goyer doesn’t think that his short-lived comic book adaptation “Constantine” should have aired on NBC.

At a press junket for another show he created, Starz’s “Da Vinci’s Demons” (which begins its final season on Oct. 24) the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” scribe reflected on the cancellation of the series. “I loved ‘Constantine,'” Goyer said. “In retrospect, I don’t think it should have been on NBC. I think it was the wrong channel and I’m sure they probably agree with that as well.”

Despite rabid protests and petitions from the fans who were campaigning for the show’s renewal, NBC announced in May that the supernatural series wouldn’t be returning for a second season, although Goyer noted that “Constantine” showed major gains in time-shifted viewing.

“We almost doubled our numbers in DVR numbers, but they weren’t quite there in network television in counting those metrics,” he said. “If it had been on a basic cable channel, it could still be on.”

But fans of the titular character, played by Matt Ryan, don’t have to say goodbye forever. The occult detective will appear in the Nov. 4 installment of The CW’s “Arrow.” His appearance is tied to the resurrection of Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) ahead of her role on “Arrow” and “The Flash” spin-off, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”

“I adore Matt and I think he is the definitive depiction of the character, and I think it is super cool that Greg (Berlanti) and Andrew (Kreisberg) brought him into that show,” Goyer said of Ryan’s impending cameo.

While “Constantine” may not have landed with NBC, other networks still have the comic book bug. Over at Fox, “Gotham” is a few episodes into its second season, with two “X-Men” series in development for the network and its cable counterpart FX. Netflix and Marvel are partnering on four shows — plus a crossover miniseries — including “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” while ABC has “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” and “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” which also tie into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.

Also hailing from Berlanti Prods., CBS is set to launch “Supergirl” next Monday. And in addition to his big screen work on the Dark Knight and Man of Steel, Goyer has another comic book project in development at NBC’s corporate sibling, Syfy, where he’s adapting a Superman prequel series, “Krypton,” centered around the superhero’s grandfather.

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  1. Lisa Miklojachak says:

    Netflix is the answer! Produce and distribute with Netflix. Look at the quality they’re putting out with their shows … Come on, Daredevil? Yes, please!

    Comic geeks will find it, trust me. They’d watch six hours of Barney if promised 30 minutes of their favorite comic book characters at the end. Have you seen them search (and pay HUGE) for a classic comic book?

    Put it on Netflix, “if you air it, they will come …”

  2. ViCB3 says:

    As soon as I read that NBC was obsessing about hiding Constantine’s nonstop cigarette chain smoking – a signature character trait – I decided not to bother even watching it,

    Rather than just going with a fully developed character and plot line, evidently the faint-hearted committee suits from the start felt the need to bowdlerize things so as not to upset the advertisers and various vocal public interest groups. So I gave the series a pass, reckoning that it was going to be pablum. And I suspect a lot of other potential viewers did so for the same reason.

    That, and the Friday Night Death Slot*, put the kibosh on what might have become a successful and powerful series.

    Just a thought.


    *The only people who stay home on Friday and Saturday nights watching TV are – wait for it! – Geezers, Geeks, Losers and Impoverished-Couples-With-Small-Children. There, I said it.

  3. Im still seriously upset about the BS nbc pulled. This was such a great show that they never gave a chance or showed interest in supporting. I refuse to watch anything on my that channel.

  4. J'onn J'onzz says:

    I’m honestly surprised The CW didn’t pick up the rights to season 2. It would have on day one become their highest watched show. Plus if they didn’t want it during the main season they could have showed it during the summer. There never is anything good on in the summer and a thirteen week show would have done the trick.

  5. Nancy says:

    NBC are idiots – great show that should have been renewed! The lineup sucks at NBC!

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