The series announced as being in the scripting stage back in September, Deadline is now reporting that NBC has ordered a pilot for Constantine, based on the DC Comics/Vertigo character. Written by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel) and Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist), it’s thought that the new series will use the New 52 Constantine as its basis.
Created by Alan Moore, John Constantine, a roguish magician/detective/conman, first appeared during the author’s run on Swamp Thing in 1985, receiving his own series, Hellblazer, under DC’s Vertigo imprint in 1988. That book was relaunched as part of DC’s New 52 continuity, and Constantine received a younger take on the antihero.
Constantine was also brought to the big screen with a 2005 film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Keanu Reeves. Guillermo del Toro has since confirmed as recently as November that he was still working on a script based on DC’s Justice League Dark,(tentatively titled Dark Universe) that would include John Constantine as a character. If this new television affects those plans at all remains to be seen.