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We allow the most horrific violence and gore on our network television, but when it comes to nudity, and now smoking, it has to be banned? One has to question how warped American morals are where people think a naked man or woman smoking is considered somehow more threatening to our emotional well-being than a man peeling his face off and feeding it to a dog (warning graphic image with the article).
This does not bode well for a series about one of DC/Vertigo’s most gritty characters in which his lung cancer (caused by his chain smoking) played a major role in his backstory. Much like Doctor Strange in the Marvel Universe, Constantine is a character often floating in the periphery of the more popular characters, assisting in certain adventures or showing up as a exposition machine. His own adventures in horror comic Hellblazer, and now Constantine, are usually divorced from the rest of the superhero universe he inhabits.
A working class Scouser, Constantine is so cynical he often makes Batman look like a girl scout. Yet like the axiom “a cynic is a disappointed idealist,” he remains ever hopeful of humanity and regularly risks all to save people. Constantine is one of the most powerful magic-users in the DC universe, but rarely uses magic outright, relying more on his wits to trick his enemies, human and demonic. But none in the magic community underestimates him. Read here where Constantine cows some of the most evil magicians and magical beings in the DC Universe with just his reputation, giving the reader an idea of just how powerful he really is.
What has also been amusing is that DC and Marvel have both given nods to each others most famous magicians. These are actually only a few more obvious examples of the continual back and forth over the years. While I love Doctor Strange (when written well, Strange is so much fun), I think in general DC portrays magic/occult in a much more varied and interesting way than Marvel does.
I hope the TV series does better justice to the character than the execrable film.