Green Arrow has one, Superman had several and even Daredevil is getting one: comic books might be dominating the box office but they're also on their way towards taking over television. One of the most recent comic book characters to get his own TV show ordered to pilot is John Constantine of the "Hellblazer" comics, formerly of DC's Vertigo imprint but recently given a youthful makeover and transferred to the New 52.
Since the show was only recently announced, most of the important questions remain unanswered; it's not yet known whether NBC's Constantine will be British or American, or whether the show will be on late enough to feature the sex and violence of the comics, or even whether or not Constantine will be permitted to smoke (a staple of his character that was central to one of the comics' major story arcs). The writing team for the show is David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist).
Thanks to KSiteTV, some new information has emerged regarding the characters who will appear in the pilot episode of Constantine. Four characters are currently being cast, the first of which is (unsurprisingly) John Constantine himself. Without a casting breakdown it's difficult to say who they'll be looking for, but previously we've suggested an Elementary-style set-up with a British Constantine travelling through America, as he did during Brian Azzarello's run of "Hellblazer" comics.
Next on the list of characters to be cast is Chas AKA Frank William Chandler, Constantine's best and longest-surviving friend and right-hand man. Chas is a middle-aged London cab driver and family man, so naturally in the 2005 movie he was played by Shia LaBeouf. He's more or less essential casting for Constantine, but as with John there's no telling how close he'll be to the original character from the comics, or whether the writers will choose a younger or older version of him.
The last two names on the list seem to be original characters created for the show: "Manny" and "Liv." Not much to go on there, but there's a not-insignificant likelihood that Liv will be one of Constantine's many love interests. Then again, if they stay true to the comics then Manny could be in with a chance as well.
According to the report, Constantine is currently vying for a place in NBC's 2014/2015 schedule, which will be announced in May. If it gets settled for a fall 2014 premiere then it shouldn't be too long before we start hearing casting announcements.
Constantine is expected to air on NBC in 2014/2015.