Warner Continues Line of R-Rated Cartoons With Constantine: City of Demons
Constantine: City of Demons expands the CW Seed animated shorts into an animated movie. Here’s the plot description:
A decade after a tragic mistake, family man Chas and occult detective John Constantine set out to cure Chas’s daughter Trish from a mysterious supernatural coma. With the help of the mysterious Nightmare Nurse, the influential Queen of Angels, and brutal Aztec God Mictlantecuhtli, the pair just might have a chance at outsmarting the demon Beroul to save Trish’s soul. In a world of shadows and dark magic, not everything is what it seems, and there’s always a price to pay. The path to redemption is never easy, and if Constantine is to succeed, he must navigate through the dark urban underbelly of Los Angeles, outwit the most cunning spawns of hell, and come face to face with arch-nemesis Nergal – all while battling his own inner demons!
The R-rated film (“for bloody violence/gore, disturbing images, and some sexual content”) will be out on digital (list price $19.99 for HD, $14.99 for standard), Blu-ray ($24.98 for a Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy), and Ultra HD ($39.99 for “Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR”, a Blu-ray, and digital copy) on October 9. It runs 90 minutes, which means over an hour of it hasn’t been seen before, including the climax. That release date is the same month Matt Ryan, playing Constantine, becomes a regular on Legends of Tomorrow season 4, which debuts October 22.
Doug Murphy directs from a script by J.M. DeMatteis. Matt Ryan (yay!) continues to play the trenchcoated mystic, continuing from the TV show and the animated movie Justice League Dark. Other cast members include:
- Damian O’Hare as Chas Chandler
- Laura Bailey as Trish & Asa The Healer
- Emily O’Brien as Rene Chandler
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Mahonin
- Jim Meskimen as Beroul
- Robin Atkin Downes as Nergal
- Rachel Kimsey as Angela
- Rick Wasserman as Mictlantecuhtli
(There’s a Hellblazer comic book story called City of Demons but I’m not sure how similar the plot is. Taimur Dar says the movie is closer to All His Engines.)
There will be extras!
The Sorcerer’s Occultist: Understanding John Constantine — An exciting examination of the powers and abilities used by DC’s working-class occult detective, John Constantine. Interviews will include various DC Comics experts that can provide details of Constantine’s abilities in these often overlooked reaches of the world of superhero.
Constantine: City of Demons WonderCon Panel 2018 — Storytellers join City of Demons star Matt Ryan at this year’s WonderCon for an inside look at Constantine’s latest adventure.