John Constantine may come back to life, this time on the small screen. A series called simply Constantine is the latest DC comics adaptation in development, this one for NBC.
The TV series will be written and executive produced by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. Goyer has been involved in several DC Comics adaptations (and Marvel as well) for the small and big screen alike. Cerone is the executive producer of The Mentalist, which also features a blonde, manipulative, and at times well, dickish, male lead. John Constantine got his fame in DC Comics Vertigo imprint, a mature-readers line of comics where he starred in Hellblazer for 300 issues. When the DC Universe relaunched in September 2011 with the New 52, Constantine was brought to the main DC Universe now firmly alongside superhero characters like Superman and Batman. He currently stars in both Justice League Dark, a magic-user group of often reluctant heroes, and his own series also called Constantine.
The news was first reported on Deadline, and was tweeted out by the official DC Comics twitter account. The character was the subject and title of a loose adaptation in a 2005 film contentiously starring Keanu Reeves.
This is the third DC Comics TV adaptation to enter this development season. The Flash is being prepped at the CW, with a soft launch and backdoor pilot as three episodes of the second season of their hit Arrow. Gotham is in development at Fox, showing a pre-Batman Gotham City Police Department featuring a young James Gordon.