The Dream Is Dead, Hellblazers

The Dream Is Dead, Hellblazers

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The Dream Is Dead, HellblazersLast night as I was finally dragging myself home after a long day of Special Edition:NYC and a theatrical performance, I checked Twitter and found this:

I knew the news wouldn’t be good, and it wasn’t. After a lot of speculation, attempts to save the show by fans and showrunners, Constantine is really, truly gone from television. Daniel Cerone explained in a lengthy tweet:

“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”

Several of us on the What’cha Reading staff are Hellblazers, but I will fully admit that I didn’t even know who John Constantine was before this TV show. I had managed to skip the film version, and I had never read the comics. And then, quite by accident, I found myself watching the premiere of the series in the Empire Stage at NYCC’14 and hearing the mini-panel with Matt Ryan and Angelica Celaya. I was hooked and ended up picking up Constantine anthologies from Midtown Comics to supplement my TV viewing. I would never have been a Hellblazer if it hadn’t been for this show, and I can’t believe we don’t get a season two. Here’s hoping we see the work of the talented cast, writers, crew, and showrunners again soon. Requiescat in pace, Constantine. This Hellblazer will miss you.

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About Author

Julie Hegner has been descending the geek rabbit hole since she watched her first episode of Star Trek at age eight. A longtime fan of Trek, Who, X-Files, and the Whedonverse, it was only a matter of time until hanging out with other geek girls and repeatedly watching Tom Hiddleston led her to the awesomeness of comics. She takes a special joy in reading about ladies who kick ass, but in general anything with a good storyline floats her boat. You can tweet @julz91 on Twitter.

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