Constantine TV Show Officially Dead
Sorry Constantine fans, the show is officially dead:
I promised I’d share news when I had it — sadly, that news is not good. The cast and writers of Constantine are being released from their contracts. The studio tried to find a new home for the show, for which we’re forever grateful, but those efforts didn’t pan out. I’m sorry, I wasn’t provided any information on the attempts to sell the show elsewhere. All I can report is that the show is over.Many ingredients went into this TV series. From the dedicated cast that breathed these characters to life, led by Matt Ryan as the comic-made-flesh embodiment of John Constantine, to the exceptionality talented crew that put unreal images on screen, to the original Hellblazer writers and artists who gifted us a universe.As a general principle, writers don’t choose a writing career to achieve stardom. Whatever demons or insecurities drove them to find freedom of expression through written words generally keeps writers comfortably obscure behind their words. Nor do people choose writing as a means to financial freedom. I’d venture to guess that most who set out to write professionally never receive a paycheck for their hopeful scribbles or key strokes.In fact, nobody I know ever chose a writing career — it chose them. You write because that’s what you do. Like breathing, it just happens and you have to do it and you just hope that someday somebody out there notices what you’re trying to say.If that’s the dream of writers, than the writers of Constantine lived the dream, because we’re leaving behind wild and passionate fans who believe in and were moved by what we tried to do. To leave such a significant, dedicated and active fan base on the table — that’s the real sadness. You all deserve many years of the series we set out to make, and we’re disappointed that we couldn’t deliver that to you. The good news is that Constantine will live on for years in many more forms. But our time as caretakers has ended.Thank you for letting us in.Daniel Cerone
Can't say I'm too sad about this. Constantine started off rough and by the time he found its footing it was already in trouble. Looking at the whole season you could make an argument that it is a better show than Gotham but the difference is Gotham started off strong and got its second season confirmed early. Part of me did want to see Constantine get a second season to see if they could continue the momentum they were building but, I'm going to be real, its season finale was just as much as a head scratcher to me as Gotham's was. I hope this is a warning to the writers over at Gotham that they're now the ones on the clock and they need to come with a more cohesive and consistent season. I loved the first half of Gotham and need more of that. After they came back from their midseason break it was as if they ran out of gas and were just struggling to get to the end. Constantine on the other hand took until the midseason to really get decent and then they started really getting an interesting show only to kind rush their finale.
In the long run I think this is good though. With this resurgence of comic book based movies and TV shows we always knew there would be ones that failed. And it's necessary. Failed TV shows and movies don't mean the whole genre is dead and it actually forces shows to make good shows. Gone are the days of half-assing it.