No Smoking For TV’s Constantine



Today in Obvious News, it is being reported that famed comic character/nicotine enthusiast John Constantine will not be allowed to smoke per network directives when Constantine premieres on NBC in the fall. In an interview with Constantine pilot director Neil Marshall on Collider, he has this response when asked about whether or not the notorious smoker would be allowed to light up on screen:

No we’re not. It’s the one thing, a compromise I guess. On network it’s the one thing you can’t smoke on network. That’s one of his character traits. We’re working around that. We’re trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We’ll see.

Again, this is confirmation of what we pretty much all expected. The weird morality of TV means that endless violence is a-okay but smoking is a huge no-no for fears that young viewers and/or other impressionable audience members might be encouraged to go out and begin smoking massive amounts of cigarettes if they witnessed Constantine doing so. Sigh. What I want to know is if demons will be upset about their depiction on the series? WHY WON’T ANYONE THINK ABOUT THE DEMONS?

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Chris Cummins is a pop culture writer and Archie comics historian who has contributed to The Robot's Voice, Den of Geek US, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Uproxx, and Unicorn Booty. He is the co-producer and co-host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, and is regularly involved in producing and hosting New York Super Week events. In 2014, Chris began Sci-Fi Explosion, a mix of live performance, trivia and funny clips celebrating the weirdest in science fiction that regularly travels around the United States. He wrote the introductions to the compilations Archie's Favorite Comics From The Vault and (with Paul Castiglia) Archie's Favorite High School Stories. You can find Chris on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.