'Constantine' TV Series In Development At NBC With David Goyer And Daniel Cerone

09/26/2013 11:37 pm ET
AP

The proposed "Constantine" TV series centers on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending humanity against dark forces from beyond.

NBC has reportedly committed to a script plus penalty for the project which will be written and executive produced by Goyer and Cerone. The project is set up at Warner Bros. TV, which earlier this week earned a straight-to-series order from Fox for Batman prequel series "Gotham," which will focus on the character of Commissioner Jim Gordon back when he was still a detective at the Gotham Police Department, as well as the criminals that made the city infamous.

The character of John Constantine was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben, and made his first appearance in the "Swamp Thing" comics in 1985 before going on to headline his own series, "Hellblazer" and "Constantine." He was played as an American by Keanu Reeves in the 2005 film of the same name, despite the character originally being British.

DC Comics is on something of a hot streak this development season -- in addition to "Gotham" and "Constantine," The CW's "Arrow" is about to enter its second season and is serving as a launching pad for a potential spinoff series based on The Flash, who will be played by "Glee's" Grant Gustin. Earlier this week, Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." series debuted with a hefty 11.9 million viewers, making it the highest-rated drama premiere on any network in four years.

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