CONSTANTINE – Matt Ryan's on Fire in New Key Art

Despite getting some poor reviews after the pilot’s screening at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con, I’m still holding out hope for Constantine.  This latest image featuring Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds, Edward Kenway in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag) looking like a proper rake (I love using that word), with his hand on fire.  Check it out:

Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to abandon his campaign against evil until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line‎, Constantine will use his skills to travel the country, find the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.

The cast also includes Angélica Celaya (“Dallas”) as Zed, Harold Perrineau (“Lost”) as Manny and Charles Halford (“True Detective”) as Chas.

Writer Daniel Cerone (“The Mentalist,” “Dexter”) serves as executive producer with David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “The Dark Knight Rises”). “Constantine” is produced from Bonanza Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The show is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.

I’m not saying that the poor reviews were without merit, because I wasn’t there to corroborate.  All I know is that I am happy as hell that I’ll get some horror to start my weekend off right between Grimm and Constantine.  I’m hoping that it gets better with each episode if the reviews for the pilot turn out to be correct.