Fans of the occult maestro John Constantine don't have much to complain about when it comes to the character's existence in comic books, but it's a total slog where live-action is concerned. After the viewer affront that was Constantine's cancellation on NBC, Matt Ryan reprised the role for an episode of Arrow, leading to slightly overblown optimism on where he could go next. But as the CW's DC Universe grows bigger than ever leading into the fall season, it doesn't sound like he'll be around to witness it. According to Greg Berlanti, the future of John Constantine isn't a very high priority.
Constantine exists in a certain place in the DC world and universe... [The network is] kind of internally examining what they want to do with that character next.
Greg Berlanti said that he and his creative teams haven't even had any conversations with The CW's execs about bringing Constantine back in any form. Possibly because he was already aware that the character was being reevaluated at the network, and possibly because The CW's four superhero shows already have developed universes that Constantine can't get shoehorned into very easily. And now that Arrow is basically turning its back on the magic that drove Season 4, not even that show can offer the easiest route for him to reappear.
It was during the TCA press event that Berlanti made this slightly depressing announcement (via IGN), but he apparently wasn't trying to railroad fans' hopes and dreams. He said getting Matt Ryan back for Arrow was great, but that they just haven't had any talks about doing it again. So we can keep our fingers crossed that those conversations will happen one day.
And if we were to wager a guess, we'd say that John Constantine would be a welcome sight on Legends of Tomorrow, where there isn't much of a standard when it comes to the characters and their personalities. And executive producer Phil Klemmer is apparently keeping an eye on the magic man for the future. Here's what he told Zap2It.
If this show goes as many seasons as I hope it does, it would be a crime for him not to appear in our universe.
So while that isn't a guarantee that Constantine will wax poetic with White Canary or do battle alongside the new Vixen, at least Klemmer is interested in holding the door open for an eventual appearance. Can you imagine an episode set in prehistoric times where Constantine is walking around in his coat, showing dinosaurs how to smoke.
We still want another season of Constantine, no matter if it's on The CW or Amazon or VH1. But if we're not getting it yet because the Powers That Be are trying to figure out the best way to bring him back, I suppose I can get on board. What do you guys think? And while you're thinking, check out when all your favorite superhero shows and more are coming back with our fall TV schedule.