It would seem that the creators of 'The Mentalist' are big DC Comics fans. A mere days after 'The Mentalist' creator and writer Bruno Heller sold 'Gotham'--a series about the early days of Commissioner Gordon, before Batman ruled Gotham City--to FOX, now Daniel Cerone, a producer of 'The Mentalist,' has sold his own DC Comics adaptation to NBC.
NBC has placed 'Constantine' in development, a series based on the popular John Constantine comic book character who starred in the comic 'Hellblazer' for several years. Now a character in the main DC Universe (meaning, he lives in the same world as Superman and Wonder Woman), Constantine stars in his own series (called 'Constantine,' naturally) as well as 'Justice League Dark.' John Constantine is an occult detective and supernatural investigator from Liverpool, UK. He is known for his gruff, stand-offish attitude and snarky demeanor. Basically, imagine a character from a Guy Ritchie film who fights evil demons instead of gangsters.
If 'Constantine' sounds familiar, it may be due to the 2005 feature film of same name which starred Keanu Reeves. While this film was an adaptation of the same character, fans largely lambasted the movie for altering the tone of the classic 'Hellblazer' stories. Here's hoping they actually cast a British actor, this time around.
Cerone is teaming with uber-Superhero scribe David S. Goyer to write the pilot for the project. If you haven't heard of Goyer, chances are you know the films he has written: just some little-known, low-budget pictures called 'Batman Begins,' 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Man of Steel,' among others. No biggie. (!!!) This is a huge get for NBC and gives 'Constantine' fans every reason to get excited about this project.
'Constantine' and 'Gotham' are not the only DC Comics properties being adapted for a new season: 'The Flash,' a spin-off of the hit CW series 'Arrow' (also a DC property) is preparing for a 2014 debut. 'The Flash' will star Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, the titular speedster, and will introduce him in episodes of 'Arrow's upcoming second season.
Provided they allow him to be in a world without superheroes, I think 'Constantine' could work on the small screen. Who would you cast as John Constantine?