John Constantine is dead. Long live… John Constantine?
MTV Geek reports that Vertigo’s longest-running series “Hellblazer,” featuring the hard-drinking occult detective John Constantine, will come to an end next February with issue #300. In its place comes “Constantine,” a new March-launching series set within the main DC Universe.
“It’s my goal to have the new CONSTANTINE series be equal parts familiarity and surprise,” says incoming “Constantine” writer Robert Venditti. “This will be the Constantine we all know and love, but facing new and unexpected challenges from both inside and out.”
The folks at MTV Geek speculate, and we can’t help but wonder ourselves, whether the move to bring Constantine away from the shadows of Vertigo and into the mainstream light of the proper DC Universe signals bigger plans for the fan-favorite antihero — and by bigger, we mean big-screen.
Keanu Reeves played the detective in 2005’s divisive “Constantine” movie adaptation, and while we don’t expect the franchise to continue on in that form, there are other ways to bring John to theaters — like Guillermo del Toro’s rumored “Heaven Sent,” a project that del Toro himself has actively expressed interest in.
We’ll keep you posted with more news as we hear it.
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