With NBC’s Constantine premiering in the fall, there has been some speculation as to whether whether the character of John Constantine, a.k.a Hellblazer (portrayed by Matt Ryan) would be bisexual on the show as he is in the DC comics. At the TCA press tour on Sunday, executive producer Daniel Cerone put any such rumors to rest, arguing that the demon fighter’s bisexuality hasn’t historically been a crucial element of his character. “In those comic books, John Constantine aged in real time,” he said. “Within this tome of three decades [of comics] there might have been one or two issues where he’s seen getting out of bed with a man. So [maybe] 20 years from now? But there are no immediate plans.”
The producers also addressed whether the show would depict another controversial character trait: Constantine’s heavy smoking. “He is a smoker in the show, we’re not shying away from it, but we’re not glorifying it,” said executive producer David S. Goyer. “It’s like, look, he’s a smoker,” added Cerone. “We’re on network television, so we’re limited to what we can do and what we can show. But within that framework we’re going to be very honest to the character … I believe Constantine has a very healthy sex life, we’re not going to see that on TV either.” No word on whether the character will still hunt demons, or whether he will now just be some nondescript dude named John.