What’s your favorite bad movie? I got a buddy who swears by Nicolas Cage’s The Wicker Man. Another absolutely loves S.W.A.T. with Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. Shit, there are people out there who defend the Star Wars prequels — the love of good bad movies is very real.
My personal favorite? Constantine. Yup, the 2005 DC Comics film starring Keanu Reeves as a… uhhh… demonic detective?
As far as good bad movies go, Constantine has got it all: Post-Matrix and pre-John Wick Keanu Reeves unsure of what to do with his career but absolutely giving an extremely Reevesian performance. Shoddy CGI. Rachel Weisz! Who doesn’t love Rachel Weisz!? It’s got, and I mean this dead seriously, elite acting talent in the supporting roles: Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, and Djimon Hounsou. I mean — what?! Swinton is an Academy Award-winning actress. Djimon Hounsou, an Academy Award-nominated actor, is one of those guys that pops up in movies and you say “oh this guy?! I love this guy!” And then there’s my fuckin’ BOY Shia, who went into a movie with Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal and came out the other side with the best performance of the bunch.
And yet, despite all of that, critical reviews were subpar and a sequel was never made (although, it does boast a 72% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, which sort of backs up my affinity for this film).
Warner Bros. and DC have since taken another crack at the character with the 2014 show Constantine, however, that only lasted for one season. But will they ever take another stab at the big screen? Well, if Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson gets his way, that’s exactly what’ll happen, and he’d be the one in charge.
If Warner Bros. does decide to take another shot at adapting the Constantine character to film, Derrickson is perhaps the perfect candidate for director.
Eric is a New York City-based and New Jersey-born writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him email@example.com