Constantine, the adaptation of the popular, long-running DC Comics series Hellblazer, has survived pilot season and been ordered to series by NBC. The character has been around since 1988, and was adapted into a surprisingly good movie in 2005. This new take on the character (played by Matt Ryan) has him working as a supernatural detective protecting the world from dark forces, so its ideal for the mystery-of-the-week plot that networks prefer but also open to season-long arcs. Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David Goyer (Man of Steel) will serve as executive producers, although I imagine Cerone will handle the day-to-day showrunning duties since Goyer is the de facto coordinator of the DC movie universe. I have high hopes for the series, and at the very least, NBC will probably give it some time to breathe. Now I’m curious to see if they’ll keep him a chain-smoker. It would be kind of funny if NBC said no to smoking, but continued to say yes to the spectacularly gory shit that goes down on Hannibal.
Hit the jump for the press release. Constantine also stars Lucy Griffiths (True Blood), Harold Perrineau (Lost), and Charles Halford (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).