When Matt Ryan first played the title role on NBC’s Constantine, the peacock network was a little nervous about acknowledging two things about the character: his bisexuality and his chain smoking. And while they let John Constantine occasionally hold a cigarette, his being into guys was kind of a sore spot steadfastly avoided by the show. Ryan has since reprised the part on The CW’s Arrow, which merged the continuities. With the addition of a forthcoming CW Seed animated series, many fans of the comics’ version of the character have hoped his sexuality would be finally addressed.
And we’re happy to say, it will be.
It’s been announced that Matt Ryan’s Constantine will guest star on a Legends of Tomorrow two parter this season, and when he does his bisexuality will be directly acknowledged. It makes sense, as the CW’s Arrowverse is probably one of the better places for LGBTQ+ representation on broadcast television. Considering how infrequently male bisexuality is actually dealt with in popular culture, it’s kind of a big deal.
They’ll also let him chain smoke, but that’s kind of less important.
Constantine will appear in the ninth and tenth episodes of the season, which will take place after his previous appearance on Arrow. Executive produce Phil Klemmer told THR the episode would tonally be “The Exorcist meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and be based around demonic possession in a mental institution. So, y’know, fun stuff.
Legends of Tomorrow is currently airing Tuesday nights on The CW.
When Matt Ryan’s Constantine was incorporated into the CW’s Arrowverse, most of us who were fans of the short lived NBC show rejoiced. It meant that more could be seen of the character, and when a CW Seed animated series was announced back in January, we were giddy.
Now it’s been ten months, and the network has finally released a first look at what we’re going to get… and it’s amazing. I mean, it’s more Constantine. What else could we want?
On the latest episode of Nerd & Tie we start out by welcoming our newest host Gen Prock! After that we dig into the latest news, including how The CW has renewed all of their DC Comics shows, Constantine is coming back as an animated webseries, Charmed is getting rebooted for some reason, Awesome Games Done Quick has raised two million dollars for charity, Evercon booted artist/crafter Scott Windorski for harassment, Outlaw Comicon has lost its friggin’ mind, and Phoenix Comicon has made a controversial choice with its volunteer policies.
I mean, we definitely talk about Phoenix, AZ more than I’ve ever expected to.
Constantine fans rejoice! Our beloved Wizard is returning to the small screen, in a new series starring Matt Ryan and set in the same continuity as the last one. No, this isn’t a dream — and it’d be pretty weird if you had dreams about reading this website. The CW has announced that they are making an animated Constantine series for their CW Seed online network. The season will be composed of six ten minute episodes, which (like Vixen) then be compiled into a single video at the end of the season.
So yeah, it’s like getting one new episode of the previous Constantine series a year — but I will take what I can get.
Matt Ryan’s turn as the titular wizard in NBC’s Constantine was phenomenal, and when he was brought into the Arrowverse canon last season, a lot of us were happy to see him again. While Matt Ryan’s schedule has probably kept him from making more live action appearances as the character, it was nice to know he’d reprise the role outside of the previous continuity in the upcoming animated Justice League Dark. By making the new show animated, this will also allow Ryan to continue in the role.
Just now with continuity.
The CW has released a promotional image for the new show (like they usually do), which looks pretty much what you’d expect an animated Constantine to look like:
The new show is expected to premiere during the 2017-2018 television season, and it’s hard to not get hyped about it.
This episode we go audio only, and dig into a massive pile of your messages to us. Before that though, we spend some time talking about Matt Ryan reprising Constantine in Justice League Dark, The Rocketeer possibly getting sequel/reboot, and actor Steve Cardenas calls out the organizer of Texas Comicon.
Considering that the show was canceled, its pretty amazing that Matt Ryan has become synonymous with Constantine. Fans can’t help but be excited whenever he gets to play Constantine, even if he isn’t playing the same version of the character that was on NBC and Arrow. It looks like fans have a treat coming from DC’s animated films as Matt Ryan is set to play John Constantine once again in the new Justice League Dark movie.
The film will also feature Zatanna, Deadman, Etrigan the Demon, Black Orchid and (my other favorite) Swamp Thing, in addition to the not-so-dark Justice League making cameos throughout.
The DC animated movies tend to be pretty fun and this first preview looks promising.
Guillermo Del Toro may no longer be helming the Justice League Dark film, but Warner Bros still seems interested in the project moving forward. According to The Tracking Board, DC and Warner Bros have tapped Scott Rudin to take over the film (which will likely be titled Dark Universe). In fact, if The Tracking Board is to be believed, Warner Bros is aggressively behind the movie, and Dark Universe could start filming as early as 2016.
That is… really soon.
It shouldn’t be too surprising though. Justice League Dark/Dark Universe has been in the planning stage for years. As the film wasn’t a part of DC’s cinematic roadmap, we weren’t exactly expecting it though. Del Toro will remain as a producer on the film, although he’s no longer directing.
The Justice League Dark comic features characters like Zatanna, Deadman and John Constantine. Even though there’s a John Constantine walking around the shared Arrowverse (and who previously had his own now canceled show) played by Matt Ryan, the DC Cinematic Universe would recast the part.
I’m not sure I’ll ever quite understand why DC does what it does while managing its franchises, but as the Constantine show is no longer on the air, at least it’s not going to be as confusing for consumers as some of DC/Warner Bros other choices.
A weird part of me wants to see them bring Keanu Reeves’s version of John Constantine back though…
On this episode we come to you live from Geek.kon 2015 in Madison, WI! We also have a massive announcement — and that’s the Nerd & Tie Expo! It’s kind of a big deal for us.
Don’t worry — we also talk about current geek news too, including the sad news that Yvonne Craig has passed away, Hallmark’s tasteless and poorly timed Spock ornament, Fantastic Four’s production difficulties, a spy drama based off of Mythbusters might be in the works, the Constantine/Arrow crossover being a thing, and Misha Collins’s very bad day in Minneapolis.
Also, Trae shaved off his beard and it looks super weird.
We learned yesterday that Matt Ryan’s John Constantine will crossover from his now-cancelled show onto Arrow this season. Since then we’ve learned how his appearance is vital to not just Arrow, but the forthcoming Legends of Tomorrow — as it’s all about the resurrection of Caity Lotz’s Sara Lance.
While talking to TV Insider, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim said:
Unlike Thea, who wasn’t fully dead, the consequences of using the pit on someone as dead as Sara was creates some unforeseen difficulties, and John Constantine is uniquely suited to help our team deal with those.
Arrow comes back in October, and the John Constantine episode (which is entitled “Haunted”) will be the fifth in the season.