John Constantine, TV star. That's what NBC and DC Comics are hoping for, as they've put a new Constantine show in development
from writer/producers David S. Goyer (You know him from DC movies, his own TV shows, and a comic history dating all the way back to Blade
) and Daniel Cerone (you know his writing from the Mentalist
, and Charmed
. The pedigree of those in charge is solid, but one big part of the equation is of course now on everyone's minds: who will star as the titular character?
We know one thing from fan reactions back in 2005: he damn well better be British. Preferably blonde, but that's not as important as the first. He needs to be cool, calm, and the kind of person you like completely in spite of yourself - because really, he's not a nice guy. Brash and overly confident come into play at times, and he has to be just as willing to throw someone under the bus to save himself as he is to protect someone out of some confused nobility.
And he needs to be strong. You have to believe you can put just about anyone in a scene with this guy, from devils and demons to the superest of heroes, and he can dominate the screen all along.
With all of this in mind, and no known script or guidelines of things like age and experience, here are ten candidates we think could fit the trench coat of John Constantine, from far-fetched wishes to those that we think may really have a chance.
Vaneta Rogers also contributed to this article.