It’s like the “Comic book to television” genie has been rubbed out of Hollywood’s magical lamp, everywhere you look there’s another comic book series or character being developed for the small screen. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Gotham, every time you turn around another one pops up. This time it’s Warner Bros. and David Goyer bringing DC Comics‘ chain smoking, wise cracking, ex-con man turned supernatural detective, Constantine, to NBC.
There’s been some notable bumps in that road to the small screen, The Cape, No Ordinary Family, and Wonder Woman are just a few of examples of how easy it is to fail to hit the mark. Throw in everyone’s much higher expectations these days, it is the Golden Age of Television after all, as well as a failed movie for the character, and having some concerns about the project are to be expected.
Goyer is no stranger to comic book heroes, he’s been writing scripts for two of DC’s biggest characters, Batman and Superman (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight and Batman Begins). His work tends toward a look at the darker side of heroes, he recently defended his position when he had Superman kill Zod in Man of Steel.
Constantine springs from the pages of Alan Moore‘s The Saga of the Swamp Thing, a fantastic read by the way, Steve Bissette and Jamie Delano helped create the character. There’s sure to be a lot of material to explore and a weekly television show would be a good medium to build the supernatural DC Universe. Zatanna, Swamp Thing, and others from the DC Multi-Verse could pop in for a guest appearance.
What do you think? Are fans ready to give Constantine another chance? Has it been long enough for fans to forget, or at least soften, the effect the Keanu Reeves fiasco of a movie had on the character?