Arrow has become one of the CW’s biggest hits (and is soon to be followed by The Flash). Fox recently picked up the series Gotham, which focuses on a young James Gordon. And now, NBC is getting in on the action with Constantine, an adaptation of DC’s Hellblazer comic book series.
Deadline had the scoop on the story, reporting that the network has followed up on its script commitment by ordering a pilot for the show. The project comes from the creative team of Daniel Cerone (Executive Producer of The Mentalist) and David S. Goyer, who has been keeping very busy of late as the chief screenwriter and architect of DC’s feature film universe.
For those only familiar with the character from the 2005 Keanu Reeves film, John Constantine is a magician, con man, and occult detective who appears predominately in DC stories dealing with the supernatural. The character was originally created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and Jamie Delano as a part of The Saga Of The Swamp Thing and eventually earned his own long-running title, Hellblazer (which ended in 2012, though he still can be seen in the series Constantine and often in Justice League Dark).
Speaking of Justice League Dark, it’s important to note that this TV show doesn’t tie into the film that Guillermo del Toro has been developing. However, as del Toro himself said, there’s no reason why the two can’t coincide peacefully.
Strategically, Constantine is a smart bet for NBC. Supernatural dramas have fared well of late (Fox’s Sleepy Hollow being one good example) and, despite criticism from many fans of the comic book series, the Keanu Reeves movie was moderately successful, lending some good name recognition to the project.
Of course, the show’s ultimate success will depend on its casting, writing, and direction, and for that we’ll have to wait until the pilot.
That being said, we’d love to hear your thoughts about this news in the comments. Is a Constantine TV show something you’d tune into on a weekly basis? Or would you rather see him on the big screen?
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news about the Constantine TV show as it becomes available.