Constantine TV show could star Swamp Thing

NBC’s Hellblazer TV series will star other DC supernatural characters, but which ones?

JC and Swamp Thing on the cover of Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search For Swamp Thing, by artist JG Jones
JC and Swamp Thing on the cover of Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search For Swamp Thing, by artist JG Jones

Speaking to I Am Rogue, Man Of Steel and The Dark Knight writer David S Goyer revealed that NBC’s forthcoming Constantine TV show has a whole world of supernatural characters they’re prepared to draw on.

“I think we would try to bring in some of the other occult figures,” he confirmed when asked if they planned to go down the Arrow route.

The interesting thing is that the Constantine movie rights actually came through the backdoor with the Swamp Thing rights picked up by future Batman producer Michael Uslan that led to Wes Craven’s 1982 horror flick.

Even though the character had yet to be created, because Swamp Thing was such a non-property at the time (the book was actually revived to tie-in with the film, leading to Alan Moore working on it and then, history!) the film license included all characters first appearing in the title – even going forward.

Stuntman Dick Durock as Swamp Thing in the Wes Craven movie
Stuntman Dick Durock as Swamp Thing in the Wes Craven movie

Though there’s no confirmation that the NBC Constantine series springs out of the same deal, Swamp Thing, aka botanist-turned-plant elemental Alec Holland, is a key part of John Constantine’s world, and while there’s plenty of other DC Comics mystics, few are as closely tied to this license as to be able to effectively jump over from Warner Bros.

Zatanna, for example, is much more closely associated with the Justice League to pass muster as John Constantine supporting character in any rights carve up, while the likes of The Phantom Stranger, Deadman and The Demon, Etrigan all have their roots buried deep in other books…

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