For good or ill, we’re living in the Age of Comic Books when it comes to movies, and that age appears to be expanding to television as well. The CW’s Arrow is going strong, with The Flash on its way. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appears to have some surprises in store, we’ll follow the early days of Batman’s ally Jim Gordon in Gotham, and another DC character is coming to the small-screen as well: John Constantine, lead character of the “Hellblazer” comic books and the more recent “Constantine” reboot which has been folded into the New 52.
NBC’s Constantine series has been moving faster of late, with a steady stream of news suggesting that development is confidently underway. The show has a pilot order, which will be written by creative team Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and directed by Neil Marshall (the celebrated “Blackwater” episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones and the Black Sails pilot for Starz), and we’ve had a list of the characters being cast.
There is, however, one large detail which has yet to be disclosed: whether or not NBC will follow in the footsteps of the 2005 Constantine film starring black-haired American Keanu Reeves as the blond, Liverpudlian sorcerer and a then-nineteen-year-old Shia LaBeouf as middle-aged cab driver Chas. Would the show reach the same level of fan-alienating infuriation? A new report suggests that it might hew closer to the source material than we were expecting.
According to a completely unconfirmed report from Bleeding Cool, TV’s version of Constantine will not only be as blond as the character in the comics, he will also be “a Londoner” and will “talk in his accent.”
Is there any truth to this? There is no source named here, but it’s more likely than not that we’ll be seeing a British Constantine on NBC. There is still no word on who might be on a shortlist for casting, though we have previously named some actors who could do it. A probable scenario for this show’s setting would mirror writer Brian Azzarello’s “Hellblazer” books, which followed Constantine on various adventures through America, a formula which has proven successful for Elementary on CBS.
Another big question is how much of the source material’s grim tone and gallows humor will be present. Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal series is a fine example of a gruesome horror series rendered very well on network television, but could it be a fluke? Will Goyer and Cerone be able to stay true to the character and his world of dark magic? Will this John Constantine be the middle-aged version of the character from the “Hellblazer” series which was cancelled in 2012, or the young, hip magic man from the current continuity? Ultimately, fans will have to give the show’s creator the benefit of the doubt and withhold judgment until we at least know who’ll be playing the lead.
Constantine is in development and will air on NBC.
Source: Bleeding Cool