Why NBC’s decision to snuff #Constantine smoking habit is silly and outdated

constantine smokingConstantine” pilot director Neil Marshall confirmed what many a fanboy was dreading as they noticed a glaring absence in all of the show’s promotional pics and teasers. Constantine won’t be smoking or otherwise lighting up in the show.

“No we’re not. It’s the one thing, a compromise I guess,” Marshall told Collider. “It is network; 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.”

Constantine movie Keanu ReevesFor those unfamiliar with the character, smoking is what the anti-establishment character does. It’d be similar to Batman not having his gadgets, Wolverine without his claws or Wonder Woman without her magic lasso. It’s such a pivotal aspect of the character it was incorporated into the underrated 2005 movie starring Keanu Reeves and for as much as fans disliked it, at least that character trait was factored in.

Taking a look at some other shows on NBC, and the logic seems even more ridiculous.

constantine smoking2On tonight’s “The Night Shift,” a crazed gunman holds TC and Topher hostage as they fight to save a drug-runner’s life. I’d think drugs are worse than smoking a cigarette, but what do I know?

Rosemary’s Baby” featured a woman dealing with her potentially Satanic cult neighbors. “Crossbones” is a show about pirates. There’s “Hannibal,” about a serial killer known to take more than a bite out of his victims. So according to NBC, cannibalism = good, smoking = bad. Hmmn.

What do you think? Do you care? Is it a big deal or barely worth getting worked up about?