Ok, we’ve seen the pilot episode – it wasn’t great, but has potential – and what we really got from it was that this series has massive potential. And it looks like we might just get what we foresaw…
Producers Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer have talked with i09 about their adaptation of the Hellblazer comic and there’s a lot of great stuff hinted at… the show will go “straight back to the source material” and will be “weaving in and out” of the character’s best known stories.
When we first meet Constantine in the show he will be the character who was introduced in the Swamp Thing comics: “The American Gothic storyline heavily inspires our first season arc,” says Cerone, “so all the things that happen to Constantine over the course of the thirty-year run in the comics, it’s all ahead of him.”
But can we expect Arrow levels of interweaving with characters from the DC universe? Goyer says: “We’ve been given sort of permission from DC Comics, Geoff Johns and the rest of them, to use the other people from the occult DC universe, so as long as they’re not in spandex, we can kind of use them.” and we will see some familiar faces in the first season…
Cerone teases about just how dark the show can go and says all the right things: “I was a showrunner the first two seasons of Dexter and our development executive at NBC and the president of Showtime at the time, Bob Greenblatt, they were the two supervising executives on Dexter. That’s their sensibility. They want to bring that kind of programming, that kind of edge and that kind of darkness, that kind of moral ambiguity, they want to bring that to network television and they’re pushing hard for it.”
From Warner Bros. Television, Dexter‘s Daniel Cerone penned the teleplay and crafted the story alongside David Goyer (Batman Begins). Neil Marshall directed the pilot.
The series stars Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford.
Constantine airs Fridays at 10 p.m. starting Oct. 24th on NBC.