John Constantine is an interesting character to take a chance on with television. NBC surprisingly picked up the original pilot of the chain-smoking magical con-man back in 2014 that starred Matt Ryan as the titular Constantine, though the series only lasted 1 season and felt a bit watered down to fans, they really did what they could with the source material on a network like NBC. Since the cancellation of the series Ryan has reprised the role of Constantine on The CW’s Arrow, which promoted rumors and a new hope that Constantine would live again on the DC comic-filled channel.
While fans had to wait a bit as Supergirl – another character to move networks – found its place on The CW, it seems like the time is finally right for the return of Matt Ryan’s Constantine, though not quite in the way we expected. While he won’t return to his own live-action series, Matt Ryan will be pulling double duty on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, as well as his own animated series on CW Seed, which has previously aired two seasons of Vixen and the upcoming Freedom Fighters: The Ray, which will tie-in to this season’s huge crossover event, “Crisis on Earth-X”.
Ryan will appear on Legends for a two-episode stint this season, which has been in the works since the first season.
“Having Matt Ryan reprise his iconic — dare we say legendary — role of John Constantine on Legends is something that Marc [Guggenheim] and I have been working toward since season one, and now the stars have finally aligned,” Legends EP Phil Klemmer revealed to THR. “While we are working to finish our 2017 Arrow-verse crossover – which is no joke the most ambitious bit of network TV that four shows have ever had the audacity and insanity to endeavor- we were looking for a way to make an equally exciting 2018 return. That’s how we came up with Matt Ryan.”
“We knew that an alienated, chain-smoking, bisexual, world-weary demonologist would feel right at home among our Legends,” Klemmer continued, revealing that the Legends version of Constantine will be a bit more true to the character than the scaled-down version we saw on NBC, which failed to recognise John’s bisexuality throughout the course of the series. The CW doesn’t shy away from including LGBTQ characters on screen – especially on the various DC shows – so we can expect to see this side of John represented during his two-episode appearance.
As for his animated appearance, Constantine revealed our first look at the series at this year’s NYCC:
You can also check out the new poster below, which highlights some of the demons we’re used to seeing Constantine face off against, another casualty of the live-action representation.
Constantine will be executive produced by CWverse brain Greg Berlanti as well as the NBC series’ David S. Goyer – who is no stranger to superhero adaptations -and Riverdale‘s Sarah Schechter. The 10-episode series was written by J. M. DeMatteis – who wrote the recent Justice League Dark animated film that also featured Ryan as Constantine – and will be directed by Doug Murphy.
You’ll be able to see Constantine on CW Seed in early 2018, and check out Legends of Tomorrow this season for more of the “alienated, chain-smoking, bisexual, world-weary demonologist.”
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