CONSTANTINE Coming to Small Screen as NBC Pilot

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The television landscape is about to get a bit more crowded as far as superheroes are concerned, as NBC has just greenlit a pilot for Constantine.  Based on the DC Comics character John Constantine, the script for the project was written by Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel).  Constantine is “an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.”  Hit the jump for more.

john-constantine-nbc-pilotAs Deadline reports, Constantine is headed to NBC as a pilot, making it the latest development between Warner Bros. TV and DC Comics.  The character first appeared in 1985 in Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jamie Delano’s “The Saga of the Swamp Thing”.  Constantine might be best known from the 2005 feature film that starred Keanu Reeves in the title role, but the character is also rumored to be included in Guillermo del Toro’s Justice League Dark project set up at Warner Bros.  It’s far too early to tell if the TV version and film version will have any crossover in the future, but with Arrow, Gotham, The Flash and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. already staking out small screen territory, we’re rapidly approaching the superhero saturation point.

Are there too many comic book shows coming to TV and cinemas?  Is there room for more?  Have you hit your limit of these types of adaptations, or can you just not get enough?  Perhaps you’d like to suggest a property that would be great for either the big or small screen but hasn’t been announced yet.  Either way, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Steven

    Since Arrow is better than most superhero movies, I’d say keep it coming if they can maintain that quality. This no doubt will be a darker less humorous version of Grimm. Lots of possibilities.

    Still waiting for “The Punisher” to get his role call.

  • jack

    It’s NBC, they’ll screw this up somehow

    • astr

      they haven’t screwed up hannibal. yet. probs the best network show atm

  • anthonyg1500

    Well from what I hear Gotham is more of a police procedural and Constantine sounds to be something more along the lines of Supernatural. And there are barely superheroes in Agents of Shield. They may be comic book properties but aside from that they don’t have much in common

    • Batt Damon

      AoS is basically just a police procedural

      • Steven

        Agents Of Shite is basically the OC with comic book references.

  • Andrew from Troy

    I don’t understand how you can ask if television is becoming over-saturated with superhero shows when there are dozens of police procedurals on TV and numerous more in the works.

    • RiddleThemThis

      If anything, theatres have become over-saturated with superheroes, not television.

  • LEM

    NBC surprised me with how well “Hannibal” is so maybe they can do something creative here too.

    • Steven

      Most likely a fluke but hopefully not.

  • Thomas K.

    Anybody else get psyched by the Title, and then instantly bummed when came across “David S. Goyer”???

  • jack

    suggestion: 100 Bullets preferably on a cable network and with competent showrunners

  • Kaizokuman

    Constantine is not a Hero. More Anti-Hero.

    • Steven

      Anti hero > hero. :D

  • The Flobbit

    Rupert Penry-Jones for Constantine. Not only is the man a spitting image of the antihero, but he carries tremendous range, has the right physique and star power, and looks great in dark London wearing a trenchcoat (Spooks, Whitechapel).

    This needs to be dark, somewhat violent, smoky, cynical, with a Del Toro-esque tone, an accomplished but not “name actor” supporting cast, with high profile cameos, a comic book tone, and slick cinematography.

    Oh, you know what else would be good? Getting that guy who did Stardust and all those comics in. What’s his name? Gaiman?

    • Batt Damon

      When Del Toro said he was in talks with a writer for Justice League Dark, I assumed/hoped it would be Gaiman. It would be great to see him involved with this show, even if he just writes one episode each season, like he’s been doing with Doctor Who. I’d also like to see Grant Morrison write an episode. After Seven Soldiers of Victory, I’d definitely wanna see him writing more of the supernatural side of the DC Universe.

      • The Flobbit

        Absolutely. There would be no one better. Even getting Del Toro in to write a few episodes would be sweet. Or you know what, Peter Jackson could touch into his f-cked up horror film past to film a few corkers.

    • Roderick

      That makes sense! Constantine is from Liverpool, near Cheshire. And Rupert Penry-Jones owns most of Cheshire.

  • pinkincide

    I’ve always wanted to see more of that universe since the movie. It was a boring movie, but great premise.

  • Dart Ofharkness

    No Jamie Delano on Saga of the Swamp Thing. He wrote the first large chunk of Hellblazer (Constantine’s solo outing).

    • larktag

      this will take a very subtle touch, with dark and deft writing. these are the wrong writers for the job. you would have to have a vast understanding of the source work and develop a very complex visual world that is believable and compelling. i love the character of john Constantine. i also know that he is an egotistical selfish jerk. i would love to see him come to the screen but not on network tv, maybe in a small series of say 6 one and half hour shows like sherlock. i also want most of it shot on location in london. with lots of grey dark wet damp gritty real places.

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