There has been nothing short of an avalanche of comic book properties making there way to television sets, and the deluge continues with Constantine. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. TV has announced that it will be creating the new television series based on the DC Comics character. John Constantine is a supernatural detective and con man that battles the forces of hell as well as heaven to protect humanity. The drama was sold to NBC and will be written and executive-produced by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer, who wrote Man of Steel.
We’ve already seen Constantine developed for film in the 2005 flick with Keanu Reeves playing the occult P.I., but Keanu, for all his good will, lacked the dark charisma and blonde locks necessary to impress longtime fans of the anti-hero. The character John Constantine was created by Legendary Comic Book writer Alan Moore, whose most famous works (The Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) have all been adapted to film with varying levels of success. Hopefully, this Constantine television series will be able to take advantage of television’s ability to tell long form stories in a way similar to a monthly comic book series. A cable network like Showtime or AMC would probably be better suited to really revel in the darker and grittier moments that the character’s stories are known for, but NBC did embrace the darker side of televison with its critical hit Hannibal and can hopefully do the same with Constantine. John Constantine is also rumored to appear in the developing Guillermo Del Toro project, Justice League Dark.
This news comes on the heels of a Gotham City series staring Batman’s Comissioner Gordon starting production at Fox, as well as the Flash spin-off set to accompany Arrow on the CW. While Marvel has completely walloped DC at the movies, it seems that DC is honing in on television production at a faster pace than their rival comic publisher.