John Constantine might return to the screen (but not in a movie)

The DC Comics television campaign just got even more interesting. 

Hot on the heels of the news that Warner Bros. and DC are setting up the Jim Gordon-centric, Batman-free drama Gotham at Fox, we've now got word that the two companies are also planning Constantine -- a series about everyone's favorite chain-smoking occult detective, John Constantine -- at NBC.

The show will be written and executive produced by Man of Steel and Batman/Superman (or whatever the sequel's going to be called) writer David S. Goyer and Dexter and The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone, but there's no word yet on who else might be involved, or who might star in the project, though we're guessing they'll be shying away from Keanu Reeves this time.

Created in 1985 by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben as a supporting character for their Swamp Thing series, the character eventually got his own ongoing comic -- Hellblazer -- which ran for 25 years until it was replaced this year by a new ongoing series, Constantine. The character also got the big screen treatment in 2005, which stripped away his snark, his trademark trench coat and his British accent, among other things.

The effort marks the second time in a week, and the third time this year, that DC and Warner Bros. have announced a major TV project (the companies already announced an Arrow spinoff Flash series back in July), which means they're definitely outpacing Marvel in this area, at least for now. And the timing of these announcements -- two of them in the same week that Disney and Marvel rolled out their much-anticipated Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series -- means they definitely want us to know they're competing. Announcing three new TV series and a high-profile movie crossover in the same year could mean Warners is finally stepping up its superhero adaptation game to the level that fans want, though there's a long road ahead along which all three of these projects could go wrong.

Still, by itself news of a Constantine series is definitely exciting, even if it does raise a ton of new questions we don't yet have answers for. How will Goyer, a man now best known (and often loathed) by comics fans for his treatment of Superman in Man of Steel, treat Constantine on the small screen? How will this affect that Justice League Dark film, a very Constantine-centric project, that Guillermo del Toro wants to make. And, perhaps most importantly, who will play Constantine?

What do you think? Is this the right move for DC right now, or are they overdoing this TV push of theirs?

(Via Deadline)

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