DC's Occult Detective John Constantine Headed To Small Screen via NBC
NBC is moving forward with a television show based on the DC Comics character John Constantine. Which normally would make me happy. A TV show about a snarky occult detective fighting demons is my jam. But then I saw who was writing it.
David Goyer (alongside The Mentalist's Daniel Cerone).
Goyer is the guy who wrote Man of Steel, a Superman movie that's not appropriate for children. The guy who wrote the Nolan Bat-films, which are okay, but in 10 years people will be embarrassed to have defended them so vociferously. The guy who wrote and directed Blade 3, the worst installment of the storied Wesley Snipes franchise. So, I don't have high hopes, but hey, you never know.
John Constantine is a foul-mouthed, cynical Brit who first appeared in an issue of Swamp Thing in 1985. He was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben, and visually based on English musician Sting. He eventually got his own title, Hellblazer, the longest-running and most successful comic in DC's Vertigo imprint.
The character was brought to the screen in the 2005 Keanu Reeves film Constantine, which re-imagined him as a slightly-less-assholey American. I caught it on cable a few months back, and you know what? It's not terrible. Not great. I give it a few extra points for Peter Stormare's portrayal of Lucifer.
This project would kind of, in spirit, compete with AMC's possible Preacher series, which I am way more excited about. Fun fact: Preacher was written by Garth Ennis, who also wrote a few dozen issues of Hellblazer.
What do you guys think?
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