Again within the days earlier than shared universes, studios had been wanting to strive new standalone issues with the varied comedian ebook properties they might get their fingers on, and the outcomes had been typically fascinating. In 2005, that gave us Constantine, a supernatural motion movie based mostly on the DC/Vertigo character John Constantine. Although the movie obtained combined opinions when it was initially launched, and departed in some ways from the supply materials (most notably, for a lot of followers, by remaking the title character as an American), Constantine has solely risen in esteem within the 15 years because it was launched, and which means a reunion is one thing lots of people can get enthusiastic about.
On Saturday throughout Comedian-Con@Residence, Constantine star Keanu Reeves reunited with director Francis Lawrence and producer Akiva Goldsman for a digital celebration of the movie’s 15th birthday. In a dialogue led by Collider‘s Steven Weintraub, the star and the filmmakers mirrored on making Constantine, the place it stands within the popular culture lexicon now, and their needs for a sequel that by no means appeared to reach.
Weintraub kicked off the dialog with a little bit dialogue of Constantine‘s origins. At one level, we’d have seen a model of the movie from director Tarsem, with Nicolas Cage within the title position. That did not occur, however regardless of years of growth, the movie simply would not go away.
Finally, Lawrence — then greatest identified for his work in music movies — was approached to direct, and Reeves in the end got here on board as a star. Although he was not conversant in the character of John Constantine earlier than he learn the script, Reeves famous that he did return and analysis the character’s comedian ebook roots later… and knew that some adjustments had been in retailer if he was going to play him.
“Then I did some analysis on the character and I used to be… not hesitant however, you understand, I am not English and I am not blonde, and the character is,” he stated. “So, I needed to reconcile that, and a part of that was ‘Properly, what was on the base of the character? What might I convey to the character? Why even do it?’ And it is such a wonderful character, this sort of humanitarian cynic, type of drained, world-weary, uninterested in the entire guidelines and morals and ethics and angels and demons, however nonetheless part of it. And I beloved his humorousness, so I used to be actually excited.”
Weintraub famous that the movie emerged at a time when the most important comedian ebook film touchstones in popular culture had been movies like X-Males and Spider-Man. Regardless of their presence, although, Lawrence went with a distinct method in searching for visible inspiration for Constantine.
“I positively wasn’t comedian ebook films as references. In all honesty, I used to be noir movies,” Lawrence defined. “I might take a look at one thing like Blade Runner over every other type of comedian ebook films, or The Third Man, or Maltese Falcon, issues like that. As a result of there was simply an enormous noir tone and affect within the story and the characters, and I needed it to affect the aesthetic of the movie itself.”
The movie’s visible tone was additionally closely influenced by Reeves’ insistence that the movie truly be shot in Los Angeles, reasonably than another metropolis standing in for it.
“I like LA, and I like filming LA. I like being on the streets, I like the best way the climate adjustments, I just like the early daybreak, the deep evening, the colour of the lights, the people who find themselves on the road,” Reeves stated. “It is acquired a superb vibe.”
After all, amid all of the dialogue of the making of the movie, Weintraub could not let the panel go by with out speaking concerning the sequel we by no means acquired. Goldsman confirmed that it was certainly one thing that was steadily mentioned.
“It endlessly got here up. Boy, we needed to,” Goldsman stated. “We needed to make a hard-R sequel, we needed to…oh God, yeah. I feel we would in all probability make it tomorrow.”
He continued, “To the studios who made it, which had been Village Roadshow and Warner Bros., it was at all times a little bit of a feathered fish. Its oddness… the best way it’s equally comfy in a personality scene between Keanu and Rachel as it’s with demons flying and hurling themselves at a person who’s going to mild his fist on fireplace and expel them is odd, proper? It is probably not action-packed; it simply has a bunch of motion. This film is not precisely a factor. It is sort of some issues, which is I feel what’s lovely about it, however these appear to get tougher and tougher to make.”
Lawrence agreed, and added that even the Constantine staff by no means will get to make their sequel, he nonetheless finds a renewed sense of affection for the movie out on the earth each time he promotes one thing new.
“We positively talked about sequels, I feel, greater than the studio,” Lawrence stated. “The film did pretty properly… however it wasn’t a knockout success, and it additionally wasn’t actually critically acclaimed by any means on the time. The type of cool factor for me about this film is simply within the 15 years because it launched, each time I do a film and I’m going out and journey the world and do junkets, I’m signing Constantine DVDs greater than every other film that I’ve achieved. Over time, [in] completely different nations, folks actually, actually love this film. I feel that it is discovered kind of a brand new life in a bizarre means.”
For extra from the Constantine dialogue, together with a second at concerning the 22:00 mark when Reeves simply begins to completely nerd out concerning the sheer degree of enjoyable he had making the movie, try the video above.
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