Chain-smoking, cursing, trenchcoat-wearing supernatural detective John Constantine is getting his own pilot episode at NBC television. The comic book detective who began life at Vertigo before moving over to DC Comics is the creation of Alan Moore but the pilot will be written by David Goyer, a writer on all three of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” movies. While there has been no casting decision yet on who will play the detective, the actor who lands the role is expected to have a stand-alone big screen movie in the future as well as an appearance in the upcoming “Justice League Dark” movie. Keanu Reeves played Constantine in a 2005 version of the movie based on the Vertigo storyline that did not fare well at the box office with a cast that included Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale and Tilda Swinton.
The pilot episode of “Constantine” is expected to appear in the Summer 2014 schedule for NBC.