Constantine: City of Demons
Since each episode is only five minutes, they should have just combined everything as one full length hour-long feature - like all of those WB’s DC Animated direct-to-DVD/Bluray releases. Speaking of which, Constantine is actually the main star of 2017’s Justice League Dark… which actor Matt Ryan reprised his role as voice actor.
Ryan later resurfaced as Constantine on a semi-recent episode of CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, but in typical CW fashion, it was overdramatic and forgettable. Please, I don’t think Constantine would hooked up with Black Canary, he’s normally based in England and the two should never have met. Besides, everybody knows Black Canary is Green Arrow’s girlfriend.
Anyway, Constantine: City of Demons is actually not based on the 2010-2011 five-issue miniseries by Si Spencer and Sean Murphy, but, in fact, is based Mike Carey and Leonardo Manco’s Hellblazer: All His Engines. If that sounds familiar, that’s because Constantine already did this as episode 10 “Quid Pro Quo”, which finds Chas Chandler seeking help from John Constantine for his daughter’s supernatural coma. However, Constantine: City of Demons, staying true to the source material, shows the demon Beroul as responsible (and not Felix Faust in “Quid Pro Quo”).
The other plot that Constantine: City of Demons borrows from, is Jamie Delano’s “Newcastle” storyline (starting in Hellblazer #11, November 1988). Newcastle defines who Constantine is, so there are many references to “Newcastle” throughout Constantine’s show (mentioned in Episode 4 and Episode 8, but never explained).
In Constantine: City of Demons, “Newcastle” is told as a flashback, but in this new version, Chas’ is the drummer of Constantine’s band Mucous Membrane. Chas was never part of the “Newcastle Crew”, but I understand why the writers decided to tie him in the storyline. It didn’t make sense to me, as most of the Newcastle Crew were killed by the demon and those characters haunts Constantine as ghosts.
One major difference is the gruesome reveal of Constantine trying to save the child Astra Logue (running and holding her arm), but the animated show tastefully took a different approach. Still, the result is the same, as what happened in Newcastle still haunts Constantine to this day.
So far, I’m really loving this new direction of Constantine: City of Demons, I can’t wait to see how they adapted the rest of Hellblazer: All His Engines. You can watch Constantine for free on cwseed.com.