A week ago it was reported, that NBC has ordered a TV pilot for Constantine, a potential series based on the DC Comics/Vertigo character. NBC also hosted the dark and beautiful first season of ‘Hannibal’ which has won the network much respect for its ability to create high-quality horror television. So expectation will be high for this TV adaption of the long-running comic book series from DC about a coarse and dry-witted British magician called John Constantine, who straddles the border between hero and anti-hero as he delves into the world of the supernatural and faces off against all manner of demons and monsters.
He’s not the most family-friendly of protagonists – partly because of his hard drinking/smoking and partly because of his hazy morals and knack for creating collateral damage – but he has a strong fanbase who were saddened when “Hellblazer” was cancelled in 2012 and the older Constantine was retired in favor of a younger, hipper version who took over in the New 52 title “Constantine.”
At the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour, IGN asked NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt what the approach was – would it mainly tap into the character’s supernatural/horror elements, or work to incorporate more of the DC Comics universe?
“I don’t know the DC comic very well, but there is dark, interesting stuff in it, but it’s also got some witty banter”
The 2005 movie adaptation of “Hellblazer,” Constantine, uprooted the story from its British home and cast Keanu Reeves into the lead role, but this time with David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist, Dexter) on the helm and given their track record we can expect them to stick closer to the comic.
Since “Hellblazer” belongs to DC’s darker and more supernatural-focused Vertigo imprint, Constantine doesn’t cross paths with the likes of Green Arrow or Batman too often. However, shared universes are all the rage at the moment thanks to Marvel’s string of comic book movie successes, and with Arrow performing successfully and Fox’s detective show Gotham on the way, IGN also asked Greenblatt about the likelihood of a crossover with one or both of the other DC shows. He didn’t sound convinced.
“Cross-network is really hard. It’s hard enough to do it within your network. I think let us see how the pilot goes before we answer that question!”
With little currently known about the upcoming show, let’s file it away under things that we’re cautiously optimistic for, and hope for more news on its lead and setting soon.