NBC Planning ‘Constantine’ TV Series From David S. Goyer

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Hellblzer John Constantine NBC Planning Constantine TV Series From David S. Goyer

On the ultimate list of Misguided Comic Book Movies, 2005′s Constantine ranks fairly high (alongside Watchmen, From Hell and that one with Shaq as Steel). Starring a miscast Keanu Reeves and directed by Catching Fire helmer Francis Lawrence, the film transplanted DC’s Hellblazer - the cult-favorite story of a cynical, chain-smoking occult detective with a wide humanist streak –  from London to L.A. and traded the comic’s Sting-lookalike main character for a leaden Neo with lung cancer (and Shia LeBeouf).

While the film is fun in the moment, the wild liberties taken with the source material made it almost universally reviled by fans of the comic book from the second it was released. The world of John Constantine – who first appeared as a supporting character in Swamp Thing – deserves another live-action adaptation, but Constantine’s reception muted all talk of that possibility… until now.

THR reports that NBC has made a script commitment for a new series based on the comic book, to be written by David S. Goyer, who wrote Man of Steel for Warner Bros. as well as co-writing the first two entries of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and is writing the movie currently known as Batman Vs. Superman

The show is being co-written by Daniel Cerone (executive producer of The Mentalist) and marks the latest announcement that a comic book property will get the small-screen treatment, following the news that Fox will air the Commissioner Gordon origin show Gotham Central

Keanu as John Constantine NBC Planning Constantine TV Series From David S. Goyer

The news comes on the heels of the series premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and with CW’s popular Arrow returning for a second season – as well as serving as a launching pad for a show centered around The Flashwe appear to be heading into a new age of comic book television shows, for better or worse.

While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted to strong ratings, the overall experience was underwhelming, with many glaring problems from the outset. Arrow has striven for something darker in tone, a description which is particularly apt when it comes to Hellblazer. There is no word on whether or not the show will be adapted from the comic book or will function in conjunction with Guillermo del Toro’s proposed Justice League Dark movie (which could also feature John Constantine), but the smart money is on the former.

Justice League Dark Hellblazer NBC Planning Constantine TV Series From David S. Goyer

The whole notion of this series adaptation might give a Hellblazer fan pause, were it not for David S. Goyer’s involvement. Goyer has had his fair share of criticism, most recently revolving around the ending of Man of Steelbut now that enough time has passed since The Dark Knight Rises, we can reflect on that trilogy and come to the tentative conclusion that the final entry was not as strong as the first two films at least partially due to the fact that Goyer did not write it.

The Playlist recently revealed that it was Goyer who had to inform Nolan on what was canon while prepping Batman Begins – he understood what fans needed to see, and what could safely be modified without destroying the mythology. With that in mind, it seems like Hellblazer could be in far better hands this time around. And while Constantine is a character who has frequently crossed over into different DC franchises, it seems highly unlikely to expect this to happen on television, since Arrow, Gothan Central and the Constantine show will air on different networks.


There is no premiere date set for the television adaptation of Constantine but stay tuned for details as they become available.

Source: THR

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  1. i’m down. as long as Goyer has someone there to keep him in line, just look at Blade 3.

    • And Ghost Rider 2 for that matter. He does a decent job with DC heroes, but sux a** with Marvel.

  2. Constantine gets a bad rap. it’s a good movie and the ending is downright great. don’t know the comic books, but movies should be able to exist on their own and its a damn good one.

    • 1UP

    • Trust me, friend, if you’d read the books you wouldn’t be saying that. It was truly awful, they didn’t even pronounce his name properly; that’s a whole new level of bad. If a movie is its own thing then don’t steal from an already brilliant story and shame it with disregard for the characters and tale; just make up something new.

  3. Are they still gonna make Justice league Dark? I was just wondering

  4. I cannot for the life of me fathom why anyone would call the Watchmen film “misguided” and lump it in with messes like Steel and From Hell.

    Yes, you lost me in the first sentence.

  5. I disagree with the bias opinion blasting Watchmen and TDKR. Both movies were awesome. Hell Watchmen directors cut follows comic exactly except they IMPROVED the ending. TDKR was a perfect end to a perfect trilogy.

  6. The only issue/worry I have is that the tone and even story content of the comics have always been very mature. How will they translate that to TV? Will they agree to be true to the source material and make the stories right? Or do a watered-down version for general consumption (and thereby killing off the appeal of the character)?

  7. Here’s an idea for you Anthony, report on the facts and stop giving your misinformed personal opinion. Nearly every shot of Watchmen is panel for panel with the graphic novel. The little subplots that were cut obviously didn’t fit within a movie format and it actually improved upon the ending. I’m not even a fan of the Watchmen in general, but calling it “misguided” makes it seem like you’ve never actually read the source material.

    • P.S. Dave Gibbons was also an advisor on the film. You should do some research for once and look him up, Anthony.

  8. A Hellblazer tv series: YES PLEASE!
    David S. Goyer as writer: PLEASE, NO!

    Why not try to get some of the writers from the comic. Most of them have proven through fantastic storylines that they are fantastic writers.
    Most of all, I would like to see Jamie Delano as the principal writer on the series, this is after all, the man who made the Constantine we know today.

  9. You know the world is drowning social and economically when the old time heroes reaper…
    1st was the great economic crisis, so this is another call to arms right? xD

  10. Finally an opportunity to make up for that HORRIBLE film. As an extremely enthusiastic Hellblazer fan, that “Constantine” monstrosity was utterly crushing. Let’s hope they don’t blow it, maybe cast an actor who’s actually blonde, blue-eyed, and British. Paul Bettany in the role of John would make my life, I would never complain about casting in comic-based live action adaptations again… unless they pull another Keanu. I mean, really? Come on now.