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Constantine (Unwisely) Confronts Papa Midnite in New Sneak Clip

Constantine (Unwisely) Confronts Papa Midnite in New Sneak Clip

This Friday, making his first appearance on NBC’s new series adaptation of DC Comics’ “Hellblazer” graphic novels, will be immortal Vodun shaman, Papa Midnite, as played by *relative unknown* Michael James Shaw, in what could be his highest profile role yet!

Centered on John Constantine, a master of the occult, who’s haunted by his past, but finds himself suddenly called upon to defend humanity from the gathering forces of darkness, Welsh actor Matt Ryan plays the title role.

You’ll recall the 2005 feature film based on the comic, which starred Keanu Reeves. And if you’ve seen that film, you’ll also remember that Djimon Hounsou co-starred, playing Midnite, Constantine’s old adversary, who eventually teams up with him to fight evil; although, not being too familiar with the comic, my research tells me that their relationship is kind of rocky. 
Apparently, it’s supposed to be a meaty part in the NBC TV series, with the character recurring. 

Harold Perrineau also co-stars in the series, playing Manny, an authoritative angel who has the power to step into other people’s bodies, and who’s assigned to watch over Constantine.

Charles Halford and Angélica Celaya also are cast members.

Just 2 episodes into the season, the new series is averaging over 3.6 million viewers per episode. Have you been watching? If so, thoughts?

NBC has released a new clip from the upcoming Papa Midnite intro episode, which is embedded below:

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Rayfield Waller

Papa Midnight is a very ancient, very powerful amoral and immortal character of great complexity in the original text. This actor playing him in this shallow, poorly paced, badly written TV version lacks the texture to capture the demeanor of an immortal. Hollywood, you never could get that distinction right. Funny how Hollywood gets all excited about how flashy and ‘imaginative’ or ‘magical’ it’s being with a trope or a scene while recommitting itself to all the old cliche, racist, and mundane crap it passes off as ‘exciting’.

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