NBC Orders the DC Comics Adaptation ‘Constantine’ to Series

By May 8, 2014

Hot on the heels of the first trailer for Fox’s Batman prequel series “Gotham,” another DC Comics adaptation on the small screen has just been ordered to series.

NBC has announced one of their first new series coming in the 2014-2015 season will be “Constantine.” Some might remember the character hitting the big screen in a feature film starring Keanu Reeves, but this is the first time the character is heading to television.

For those who don’t know, the comic book series follows a supernatural detective named John Constantine who is constantly defending the world against dark forces, demons, spirits and more. Matt Ryan (“Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”) leads the series as the title character and master of the occult. Here’s a more extensive and official synopsis:

Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths of “True Blood”), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her.

Constantine - Season Pilot

Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.

Harold Perrineau (“Lost”) and Charles Halford also star in the series from David S. Goyer, the man behind the story for Man of Steel and The Dark Knight trilogy, who is executive producing the series along with “Dexter” writer Daniel Cerone.

This has a lot of potential to become a great supernatural procedural, but hopefully with an overarching story so it doesn’t become as formulaic as many crime procedurals have a tendency to do. Neil Marshal directed the pilot, so we’re guessing that episode (at the very least) will have some style to it.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.