Constantine was one of those characters people were excited to see on the small screen. However, when they announced it along side Grimm on NBC, people began to have their doubts. Although the series was not perfect, Matt Ryan’s snarky, demon-hunting “dabbler” of the dark arts lead was perfection. Since its cancellation, fans have been clamoring to have him back and he is coming back.
Marking his third appearance as John Constantine since the cancellation, Constantine will be returning in a limited-run, animated series for the CW Seed. Ryan’s fan base for the character has grown since he reprised his character in Arrow, as well as his lead in the animated Justice League Dark.
“Coming from the minds of comic book and TV show legends, Constantine is executive produced by the live-action Constantine‘s David S. Goyer, Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl), and Sarah Schechter (Blindspot, Riverdale, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), and will premiere on CW Seed in early 2018,” The Nerdist reports. “Written by J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League Dark, Batman vs. Robin) and directed by Doug Murphy (Justice League Action, Young Justice), the animated series will be ten episodes long, with a running time of five to six minutes per episode.”
Unfortunately, we are getting what amounts to YouTube sized animated episodes of the character, but I will take it. Ryan is the best characterization of the character. He is taken straight from the comic. In an early interview, Ryan said he wasn’t familiar with the character. However, his friend was a huge fan of the character and helped him with the character. Amazing job because he seemed to have come straight from the comic book.
Positively, Greg Berlanti is executive producing the comic with Constantine’s original executive producer. Maybe this is their way to see if fans will run to the character. Could see his return to the Arrowverse, like they did with Vixen. We can only hope.