Frequently Asked Questions
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"Passive" by A Perfect Circle.
Near the end of the movie, Constantine is attacked by Gabriel so he commits suicide to lure Lucifer out. (As stated earlier in the film, Constantine is probably the only person that Lucifer would personally appear to collect.) Knowing that Lucifer is powerful enough to stop his own son Mammon from taking over Earth, Constantine informs him that Mammon (with help from the archangel Gabriel) is in the next room preparing to take over and rule Earth. After stopping Mammon and Gabriel from completing their ritual, Lucifer offers to thank Constantine with one wish, to which Constantine requests that Angela's twin sister Isabel be spared and sent to heaven, instead of remaining in hell. Lucifer grants Constantine's wish, and just as he is about to take Constantine away in hell with him, he is interrupted by a divine light that begins to take Constantine to heaven (reward for sacrificing himself in exchange for Isabel.) Realizing that Constantine's selfless sacrifice just duped him, Lucifer grabs Constantine and resurrects him, curing him of his cancer, and leaving him on Earth. (The black substance that Lucifer is holding in his hands is Constantine's lung cancer.) After resurrecting him, Lucifer tells Constantine that he now has a second chance to commit another sin strong enough to damn him to hell. At the end of the movie, Constantine - now free of lung cancer - decides to chew gum instead of smoking.
Its a golden crucifix crafted onto a shotgun that's also attached to a flamethrower. After Beeman was killed, Constantine found his notes and formulas of how he made weapons and created the crucifix-shotgun. He only uses this when he fights demons though.
He is a half-human, half-demon form. Constantine refers to him as a "half breed." He was sent by Lucifer into the world in order to scare Constantine and convince him that he is going to hell.
Beeman, his deliveryman and trusted friend, brings him holy artifacts and valuables. He offers John:
- Bullet shavings from the assassination attempt on the Pope.
- Crystal balls filled with holy water from the River Jordan to burn the demon.
- Small matchbox of screeching insects from Amityville that can disturb a demon's hearing.
- A golden flamethrower filled with dragon's breath.
The golden crucifix-shotgun is crafted by Constantine after Beeman is killed.
Constantine carries a copy of The Holy Bible with him.
In his fight with Balthazar, Constantine uses golden brass knuckles with crosses on them.
In the demon street scene with Angela, Constantine lights part of the holy shroud of Moses.
Gabriel's supernatural powers and qualities are very much taken away, and is left to live as a mortal in earth susceptible to pain and all the other vicissitudes of mortality. This is highlighted when Constantine punches the archangel who then screams in pain and bleeds, and John remarks "this is called pain, Gabriel, get used to it".
Not really. Constantine's demeanour, his way of life and his chronic smoking are relatively accurate, but his appearance and nationality are completely different. He does have a taxi driver friend called Chas, and has an association with an African-American voodoo expert called Midnite, although Chas is his own age and is physically tougher than Constantine is. Gabriel's fate is also similar in the comics.
The plot is based loosely on the Dangerous Habits storyline, as Constantine is dying of cancer and is required to outwit the devil, but the similarities pretty much end there.
One of the biggest changes is changing Constantine from British to America. This can be overlooked depending how much a fan of the comics you are.
Yes. After all the end credits have rolled, there is a brief scene in which Constantine visits Chas' grave at the cemetery. After a while, when John is about to leave, we see Chas, who has ascended as an angel, standing on his gravestone, and then flying onto the sky.