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  1. It's like Twitter, but with seven-second video clips rather than 140 character of fatuous guff.
  2. Well if they want to replace Harold Ramis in Ghostbusters 3, I know who they're gonna call...
  3. Good find! Seems like a nice bloke - a lot more charismatic than comic Chas, but that's fine by me. Wish they'd given him a bit more to do in the pilot, but hey ho. It looks like he's been upgraded to a proper sidekick for the second episode, so I look forward to seeing him in that. He does seem a bit squirrelly and uncomfortable under questioning, like a guy who's signed non-disclosure agreements out the wazoo and basically can't talk about anything just yet. He also does that thing that everyone does, where they make some vague comments about 'having read the comics X years ago, and obvi
  4. Aye, that's the thing - it's not really about Hellblazer or Constantine at all, but about a group of people who (rightfully) feel marginalised by mainstream TV shows seeing an opportunity to be represented on TV being taken away from them. It's not like they've had much opportunity to complain until now - you can't really say, 'Oh, they should have made this straight/gay character bisexual' because that obviously looks weird and unreasonable. So when there's an opportunity to express that frustration legitimately, they've jumped on it. Which is fair enough, it's just a shame that Constantine's
  5. Also baggier ones look kind of shitty in real life. Some stuff is easier to pull off in ink. But yeah, I imagine the Castiel thing was definitely a major factor.
  6. "Disgusts" seems strong. Can you elaborate on that? Myself, I can't stand original flavour The Spectre. Partly because I dislike the idea of god's wrath having a physical tangible form, but mostly because he rarely works outside of a one-page gimmick strip. As a protagonist, he's both boringly omnipotent and by definition reactive (cf. that dreadful David Lapham miniseries where The Spectre watches some dude abuse and murder a child because he can't act until after the deed is done) and as an antagonist he's tediously unstoppable. And in a shared universe he makes no sense. He'll take dow
  7. There are loads of DCU characters that would work fine in Constantine and Hellblazer alike. In fact, a bunch of them have been in Hellblazer in one form or another: Swamp Thing, Zatanna, The Phantom Stranger, Tim Hunter, Lucifer, The Sandman*... And the likes of The Spectre (though I hate him), Madame Xanadu, Dr Fate, Mr E, Deadman, Jason Blood and Doctor Occult could all work, though they might require a bit of a costume change to make them look less goofy. It's not about principle, it's about execution. The talk of making these characters into supporting or recurring cast members is goo
  8. I don't think Ennis's Constantine was supposed to be grungey (well, outside of the stories where he's a homeless alcoholic), just kind of dressed down, with open collars and no suit jacket. That's mostly how Dillon draws him, I think. Jenkins's run is where John's clothes (and he himself) start to look more rumpled and worn in, and, as you say, that persists until Diggle's turn.
  9. It's in the official canon, for sure. But people can always build their own personal canon (mine includes the John Smith issue but skips almost everything after Diggle).
  10. Gwilym, you are by far the best poster on here that isn't me. (I'll also discount all of the people in here that I've actually met in real life, because they know what I look like.) I like the idea of an episode that's just three or four short, really well-written horror stories being told by people who met John. Maybe at his 'funeral', like in that one Ennis issue. Or, alternatively, as you suggested, John 'telling tales' (maybe about other characters in the show, lest it seem too throwaway) - that would be a handy 'Matt Ryan light' episode, if he's getting a bit overworked.
  11. I still hope the writers go their own way a bit rather than redoing storylines, but Critical Mass is too great a concept and tale to put down (though it might require a bit of preamble - First of the Fallen, Nergal's blood, Astra not being booted out of Hell at the end of the first season) and I'd dearly love the Tate Club to be relocated somewhere, though I don't know quite where. Chicago? Mostly I just want them to do some socially aware horror, along the lines of Delano's run, Damnation's Flame, etc. Would be a good USP for the show, if the writers can come up with some suitably strong
  12. And probably only half of them were overtly bigoted. I am irritated by the overstating of the bisexual aspect of the character in the petitions and articles and so on (especially those that outright lie about the frequency of this aspect appearing in the comic) but the more I think about it, the more I sympathise with their objection, and feel that, yeah, it is something that should be included in the show somewhere, even if it's only as tangential as it is in the comics. And, in fact, that the show might benefit from making it a bigger bit of the lore and working an ex-boyfriend in there,
  13. Well in the pilot he SPOILER: Lets an innocent die and manipulates her into seeing the body because he needs to motivate Liv to play along, even though she would be in too much danger otherwise. Oh, and he tricks the villain into making a fatal mistake. That's pretty spot-on, I'd say. Also, the way he leans on Ritchie is pretty nasty, considering the guy is supposed to be his friend, and is mentally unwell. I'd also disagree with the claim that he's supposed to be a 100% 'asshole' - there are plenty of times in the comic where he acts with compassion and kindness to someone, just because h
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