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Another day, another...wait. That's new. In fact, that's... Gimme a sec...

Yup. That's confirmation that one of the more peculiar heroes of the DC universe is set to appear on NBC next season.

If you've already seen the latest trailer for NBC's upcoming Constantine, you might have spotted a mysterious, dust-encrusted helmet - and if you haven't, then run (don't walk) to the video immediately below, and watch away. Don't worry, we'll be there waiting for you underneath.

So, that helmet (around about the 0.48 mark)? That'd be the Helmet of Nabu. Which, comicbook fans might recognize as being the traditional headgear of one of DC comics longest serving, and peculiar, heroes: Dr Fate.

He's had a whole bunch of different identities within the DC universe - including some as both a female hero and as male and female heroes combined into one superheroic whole. The original Dr Fate, though - and the one most commonly featured in DC adaptations thus far, is Kent Nelson, who after joining his father on an archaeological expedition to Egypt in 1920, found himself being trained by the ancient Egyptian wizard Nabu. Nelson later went on to found the Justice Society of America, a precursor to the Justice League - which he also later joined.

One of the most powerful wizards in DC comics, the apparently imminent arrival of Dr Fate in Constantine (the glimpse of his helmet could be a red herring, but it's an oddly prominent one if so) suggests that not only will Constantine be wearing it's links to DC continuity on its sleeve - but we actually have a good chance of seeing some of the comic giant's magical heroes on the small screen sooner rather than later.

The other major question it raises? What does this mean for Marvel's Dr Strange, who's essentially Dr Fate without a helmet? With the raising of the profile of mystical superheroes - most likely nothing but good things.

[Constantine](series:1128475) is set for release October 24, 2014. We'll have more on Dr Fate's fate as soon as we know it.


What do you guys think? Which other characters do you think we'll see in Constantine?



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