Known to beloved comic book fans as the snarky, cigarette smoking John Constantine, aka Hellblazer, the highly anticipated NBC adaptation of the character, played by Matt Ryan on the show, will have one notable feature missing — he won’t be bisexual.
Since it was first announced the network was bringing the DC Comics’ character to the small screen, fans have been buzzing about what traits would make it into the series. During the Television Critics Association press tour, executive producer Daniel Cerone quickly put to rest speculation of Constantine’s sexual preferences.
“There are no immediate plans,” Cerone said.
Cerone cited the demon fighter’s extensive list of editions, since his first introduction in 1985, to prove that his sexuality did not matter nor has it ever been a crucial point of the plot. While also highlighting that the majority of the character’s relationships have been with women.
“Within this tome of three decades [of comics] there might have been one or two issues where he’s seen getting out of bed with a man.” Cerone added. “So [maybe] 20 years from now?”
Much like the 2005 movie version of Constantine, starring Keanu Reeves, the character will be straight. News that will surely spark controversy with faithful comic book fans — the ones who were already less than enthusiastic about the networks reimaging of the hero.