By the Corsair's Closet's Liz Carlie, the 'Mad Woman with a Box'
These days, the hits just keep coming, and for fans of comic-based movies and television, this is a good thing. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is now a weekly event, Gotham has received a full season commitment from Fox, and a backdoor pilot for an Arrow spinoff featuring The Flash is now in the works.
DC fans can celebrate the addition of a third property to the television releases coming from their favorite comic label, as Thursday both Deadline.com and the DC Twitter account announced the development of a series based on John Constantine of the Hellblazer comics. The drama, called simply Constantine, has been sold to NBC with penalty, and will be written/executive produced by both The Mentalist‘s Daniel Cerone and the go-to adaptation writer for DC over at Warner Bros., David S. Goyer.
According to Deadline, the series will feature the adventures of John Constantine, who was born as a recurring character in the horror series The Saga of the Swamp Thing. He later found traction in a 300 issue run of the Hellblazer series on DC’s Vertigo imprint as a comic for mature readers. With DC’s New 52 relaunch in 2011, he joined the central DC universe, where he currently stars in Justice League Dark and his own series, which shares its name with the show currently in development.
John Constantine, who appears in the comics as a slender blonde man of British descent, last saw an appearance in live action when portrayed, controversially, by the dark and decidedly American Keanu Reeves in the 2005 film Constantine, which was a loose adaptation of the Hellblazer comic.
As of yet, there’s no word as to casting, but speaking as one who has not read the comic and enjoyed the Keanu Reeves version, if this series is done well I believe it could easily stand on its own. With the darker themes and potential for a truly gritty supernatural drama, Constantine could easily break out of its genre and become a hit in its own right, and not merely as part of the comic adaptation supergroup of shows that is cropping up. With regards to the supporting network, NBC may be just the place for the show, given its success with the comics-themed Heroes.
Only time will tell, but in the meantime keep your eyes peeled to SCIFI.radio for updates…and keep your TV Guides close at hand. I have a feeling you’re going to need them.
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The Corsair’s Closet features Elizabeth Carlie as the Mad Woman With A Box and Kristine Cherry as the Time Siren. The pair co-host SCIFI.radio’s wacky and high-energy Doctor Who-themed cosplay show in which they get their geek on by squeeing about Doctor Who, cosplay and pop culture fan creativity.
The Corsair’s Closet airs with a new episode each Wednesday at 4PM, and repeats Friday at 5PM.