Deadline is reporting that J.J Abram’s production company Bad Robot is developing a darker series reboot of DC Comics’ Constantine for HBO Max, with Guy Bolton attached to the project to write.
The character, which first appeared in DC Comics’ The Saga of the Swamp Thing in 1985 (created by Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Veitch and John Totleben), is an occult detective, con man and exorcist from England that does morally questionable things, arguably for the greater good, in the world of the supernatural, as well as have a violent and antisocial attitude that made him a beloved anti-hero with comic book fans.
The character has been portrayed on the big screen in 2005 by Keanu Reeves, while on the small screen, Matt Ryan has portrayed the character in the short-lived television series in 2014, but since then has appeared as the character in the Arrowverse shows Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, as well as voice the character in animated films such as Justice League Dark and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, as well as the web series Constantine: City of Demons.
The report states that the character is set to be cast as a diverse lead, with the series focusing on John Constantine as a young Londoner, with the focus being more on the horror elements of the comics rather than the religious ones. In the same report from Variety however, they state that sources tell them that this series would tie in to the Justice League Dark series in development from Bad Robot and HBO Max, so I’m just speculating are they looking to go down the Marvel Defenders on Netflix route in giving the separate members of Justice League Dark their own series before bringing them together?
Guy Bolton has written the pilot script and plans to open a writers room for the project next month.