Hellblazer lives! VERY good news for NBC's upcoming Constantine series

It looks like a DC renaissance is brewing, and the comic company’s resident demon-fighting badass is now one step closer to the small screen.

After putting the series into development last year, NBC has officially placed a pilot order for Constantine, which is based on DC’s long-running Hellblazer comic series. According to TV Line, the series will follow John Constantine as he “struggles with his faith and is haunted by the sins of his past, then is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.”

Anyone who has read the 1988-2013 series (or its revamp in the year since), or checked out the coulda-woulda-shoulda been decent 2005 Constantine film starring Keanu Reeves, can attest — those stakes sound about right. 

The pilot will be written by Daniel Cerone (Dexter, Threshold), who is signed on to executive-produce with DC guru David Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel). Admittedly, a pretty good pedigree behind the scenes, and we can’t wait to see what they do with the premise. Throw this in with Fox's upcoming Gotham series, and it could be a very fun year.

NBC has recently shown it's not afraid to get gritty and dark with series like Hannibal, and the success of Arrow shows that DC does have the skill to actually pull off a high-quality production on a TV budget. Of course, a pilot order doesn’t automatically equal a full series order, but it at least means the network is digging on the script.

Are you looking forward to checking this one out? What approach should the studio take with it?

(Via TV Line)

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