J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is developing a darker reboot of DC Comics’ Constantine for HBO Max with Guy Bolton set to write.


Bolton is a London-based writer who has received high praise for his novel The Pictures and its sequel, The Syndicate.

Former HBO Max chief Kevin Reilly said during the show’s initial announcement –

“What an amazing start to our association with the wildly imaginative Bad Robot team under J.J. and Katie”

“What could be better than an original J.J. idea and then Warner Bros. letting them loose on iconic IP from Stephen King and the DC Universe and to provide more must-have programming on HBO Max.”

While little is known about the show’s specifics at this time, Deadline reports that the new series will focus on a younger version of John Constantine.

In addition to being portrayed as a young Londoner, the character will be recast as the initial report suggests, producers are looking for a BIPOC actor in his 20s to play the lead.

Recent rumours have also suggested that the new Constantine will be openly bisexual like his comic book counterpart.

This series will be the third live-action adaptation of Constantine, in 2005, John Wick star Keanu Reeves played the character in a self-titled film which earned more than $230 million at the global box office.

Welsh actor Matt Ryan currently portrays the character on the CW’s Legends Of Tomorrow, a role he carried over from NBC’s short-lived Constantine (2014–2015).

Constantine joins a growing list of DC projects on HBO Max. In addition to new seasons of Titans and Doom Patrol, both of which migrated over from DC Universe, the streamer is also developing Peacemaker, a Suicide Squad spinoff starring John Cena, a Green Lantern series, and an untitled drama about the Gotham City Police Department, which will connect to Robert Pattinson’s The Batman.


What are your thoughts about what Abrams and Bolton have planned for their Constantine reboot?