NBC Wants In On The Comic Book TV Show Game Too, Just Ordered Pilot For Constantine
Wait, this is actually exciting though.
Everybody’s jumping on comic book franchises these days for their latest network TV series. Not to be outdone by Fox’s new Gotham pick-up, ABC’S S.H.I.E.L.D., and CW’s… everything else, NBC is jumping into the game too. What are they bringing to the table? A show about John Constantine. Solid move, NBC. Solid move.
Like Gotham, the show will be written and produced by The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer, because I guess it doesn’t occur to DC that there are other people who work in television. Cerone was the showrunner for Dexter‘s first season, though, so he’s probably in a pretty good position to understand our favorite surly supernatural detective’s motivations.
Created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben for an issue of The Swamp Thing in 1985, Constantine has since become a fan favorite. His featured title, Hellblazer,was one of DC’s longest running Vertigo series, and he’s even appeared in the New 52 already, which is more than we can say for some of DC’s most beloved characters who we all miss dearly (coughRENEEMONTOYA). Constantine was also made into a movie starring Keanu Reeves in 2005, which deviated wildly from the original source material — for one thing, the titular character was Keanu Reeves.
Hopefully they’ll go a little more true to the comic with the show than the film did. Solid money’s on somebody like James Marsters, who’s played British, punk and unfazed by demons in the past. A number of fans are hoping for Paul Bettany, though, which would be straight-up amazing if he’s willing to make the switch over to television.