by Ryan Rigley
While Marvel Studios might be killing it in the feature films department, Warner Bros. and DC have their sights set on conquering the small screen. Last week, two new DC comics-inspired TV series were announced including "Gotham" on Fox, and "Constantine" on NBC. This, of course, would be in addition to the already successful "Arrow" series on the CW as well as the planned "Flash" spin-off series.
Known for his vulgarity and constant chain-smoking, John Constantine is certainly an odd choice for prime time television. However, with shows like "Supernatural" and "Grimm" still going strong, we think "Constantine" has a great chance of being another occult mystery-solving masterpiece. That said, here's a look at five supernatural entities that we hope to see on the "Constantine" series!
by Paul Montgomery
Every little thing he does is magic, or so the ensorcelled suits at Warner Bros. seem to believe. "Man of Steel" writer David S. Goyer's already pounding away at a Batman-infused sequel, but that may be sidelined, if momentarily, by a case of Vertigo. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Goyer will partner with Daniel Cerone, executive producer of "The Mentalist," to script a "Constantine" pilot for NBC television.
Conjured by scattered bones across a nicotine pentagram in the very image of Police-era Sting, street-wise sorcerer John Constantine first appeared in the pages of Alan Moore’s "Swamp Thing." He soon established his own haunts in Vertigo's long-running "Hellblazer" series, stewarded by the likes of Jamie Delano, Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Denise Mina, Andy Diggle, Peter Milligan and more. In 2005, Keanu Reeves donned his demons (but not his brogue or blonde hair) in a film by Francis Lawrence.
John Constantine is dead. Long live... John Constantine?
MTV Geek reports that Vertigo's longest-running series "Hellblazer," featuring the hard-drinking occult detective John Constantine, will come to an end next February with issue #300. In its place comes "Constantine," a new March-launching series set within the main DC Universe.
"It's my goal to have the new CONSTANTINE series be equal parts familiarity and surprise," says incoming "Constantine" writer Robert Venditti. "This will be the Constantine we all know and love, but facing new and unexpected challenges from both inside and out."
Six years before Francis Lawrence directed "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson in "Water For Elephants," the filmmaker was behind the camera for a big-screen adaptation of one of Vertigo's most celebrated comic book series, "Hellblazer."
The 2005 film "Constantine" cast Keanu Reeves as supernatural detective John Constantine, and received mixed reviews from mainstream audiences, but found success at the box office (over $230 million worldwide), and talk of a potential sequel has popped up nearly every year since its release. When MTV News spoke to Lawrence during the "Water For Elephants" press junket, we asked the director for an update.
"It's interesting that over the years, 'Constantine' seems like it's become... like it has this sort of cult following, which has been great," said Lawrence. "It's been embraced." Read More...