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'Constantine' TV series is being developed by NBC

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John Constantine Hellblazer
John Constantine Hellblazer

Comic book properties have dominated the box office, and now they're making a big splash back on television, where many of Marvel and DC's characters made their live action debuts long ago. A John Constantine TV show is in development at NBC, reports Deadline. The gruff magician and detective of the supernatural is largely known to the masses from the eponymous 2005 feature film headlined by Keanu Reeves, but Constantine was originally created by Alan Moore in 1985, and he was the main character of Vertigo's Hellblazer comic, which ran for over 20 years before it was replaced by DC Comics' Constantine earlier this year.

NBC has purchased the rights for an adaptation of Constantine for television, and so far the network has committed to a script (with a penalty if it decides to cease development of the show), according to The Hollywood Reporter. David Goyer — who wrote for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Man of Steel — and Daniel Cerone, the executive producer of The Mentalist and the first three seasons of Dexter, will work on the project with Warner Bros. Television and DC Comics.

The news comes just days after Fox committed to a TV series named Gotham, focused on Batman's friend Commissioner Gordon. In addition the CW is getting a comic book series of its own in Flash, and ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered earlier this week.