J. J. Abrams is developing a Constantine series for HBO Max. British novelist Guy Bolton will write the pilot. The series will tie into Abrams’ Justice League Dark universe currently in the works at HBO Max.
This series will focus on a younger John Constantine and according to THR, the studio is looking to cast an actor of color. John Constantine has previously been portrayed first by Keanu Reeves in 2005. Matt Ryan played the character in the NBC series that jumped over to The CW as an animated series. He then appeared as Constantine in the Arrowverse, showing up on Arrow first, and became a legend when he joined DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Details about Abrams’ Justice League Dark universe are scarce. Constantine hasn’t been officially confirmed for the Justice League Dark universe on HBO Max. But He is a part of the comic book series that includes Swamp Thing, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, and Doctor Mist, among others. This is the latest DC project coming to HBO Max that will tie into the larger DC Extended Universe. John Cena‘s Peacemaker series is quickly developing and ties into James Gunn‘s Suicide Squad film. HBO Max is also prepping a Gotham PD series that will tie into Matt Reeves‘ The Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson.
This is an interesting development. DC Fans have been asking for a Constantine stand-alone show since the NBC series was canceled. The animated series is great, especially since there is no limit on special effects. It will be interesting to see what J. J. has in store for Constantine.