Kevin Tsujihara was not kidding! Warner Bros. is moving right along developing some of its DC characters. First it was the Jim Gordon/Gotham TV show the other day—already sent to series. Now it’s a TV show abut John Constantine in development at NBC. And that Mentalist production team is yet again involved, as is David S. Goyer, well known as the co-writer on Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
Constantine, a drama based on the characters in DC Comics’ John Constantine stories, has sold to NBC with penalty. It is written/executive produced by The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer, the go-to writer for Warner Bros.’ feature DC adaptations. Constantine centers on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.
While many of us know Constantine as Hellblazer, the long running Vertigo comic, that name is probably not so great for series TV. Constantine was previously the star of a movie starring Keanu Reeves—a textbook example of the kind of mistrust of the source material that has haunted WB’s comic book movies—and is rumored to be in development as part of the “Dark DCU” Universe that is being tinkered with by Guillermo del Toro.
While this is just “in development” if it goes any further…WB/NBC PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep Constantine a sarcastic Cockney sorcerer and not Keanu Reeves. Marvel has succeeded with its movies by emphasizing the elements that made its character popular in the first place, and WB’s comic book media success stories do the same thing. Besides, Americans love British actors. IT’S A FACT. Just ask anyone on Tumblr.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.