Constantine is a working-class warlock, occult detective, and con man from Liverpool who is stationed in London. He is known for his endless cynicism, deadpan snarking, ruthless cunning, and constant chain-smoking, but he’s also a passionate humanitarian driven by a heartfelt desire to do some good in his life. The character has received his own film and series, both are set in separate continuities to each other and the comics.
Constantine is an occult detective drama television series developed by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. Matt Ryan stars as Constantine, a British exorcist and occult detective who actively hunts supernatural entities. The movie of the same name is directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Keanu Reeves as John Constantine. The film portrays John Constantine as a cynic with the ability to perceive and communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true form. He seeks salvation from eternal damnation in Hell for a suicide attempt in his youth. Constantine exorcises demons back to Hell to earn favor with Heaven but has become weary over time. With terminal lung cancer, he helps a troubled police detective learn the truth about her twin sister’s death while simultaneously unraveling a much larger and darker plot.
Details on this series are scarce, though I do know that it is being developed for the HBO Max streaming service. It is likely that this series will be in the same continuity as the HBO Max Justice League Dark television series that is currently also in development by JJ Abrams. I have heard rumors in the past about there being projects in the works involving Keanu Reeves’s version of Constantine, so I’m assuming that this HBO Max series will star Keanu as Constantine, but I do not actually know if this is the case.
UPDATE: This news has officially been confirmed. Additionally, the series will follow a younger version of the character and focus more on the horror elements of the comics, rather than the religious ones. The Constantine series is planned to tie into the upcoming Justice League Dark series. Guy Bolton is set to write the series.