THR reports that NBC has made a script commitment for a new series based on the comic book, to be written by David S. Goyer, who wrote Man of Steel for Warner Bros. as well as co-writing the first two entries of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and is writing the movie currently known as Batman Vs. Superman.
The show is being co-written by Daniel Cerone (executive producer of The Mentalist) and marks the latest announcement that a comic book property will get the small-screen treatment, following the news that Fox will air the Commissioner Gordon origin show Gotham Central.
The news comes on the heels of the series premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and with CW’s popular Arrow returning for a second season – as well as serving as a launching pad for a show centered around The Flash – we appear to be heading into a new age of comic book television shows, for better or worse.
While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted to strong ratings, the overall experience was underwhelming, with many glaring problems from the outset. Arrow has striven for something darker in tone, a description which is particularly apt when it comes to Hellblazer. There is no word on whether or not the show will be adapted from the comic book or will function in conjunction with Guillermo del Toro’s proposed Justice League Dark movie (which could also feature John Constantine), but the smart money is on the former.
NBC already has one of the best shows on TV right now, Hannibal. As well as a October 25th premier of Dracula. So here is hoping that this show will be another good addition. Constantine is a character who has frequently crossed over into different DC franchises, it seems highly unlikely to expect this to happen on television, since Arrow, Gothan Central and the Constantine show will air on different networks.
There is no premiere date set for the television adaptation of Constantine but stay tuned for details as they become available.