Matt Ryan’s Constantine will see another day, this time as a part of Arrow‘s DC universe on The CW.
It had a slow start, but I’ll admit, I became rather fond TV’s Constantine in the end. Based on the infamous DC Comics magician, Constantine followed the exploits of a blue collar “exorcist, demonologist, and master of the dark arts” as he fought a rising darkness that spread across the United States. Despite only running for a half-season on NBC the show found a loyal following, thanks largely to a strong performance from actor Matt Ryan. Fans have eagerly awaited a second season since, but now The CW has announced the next best thing: Matt Ryan’s Constantine is joining DC’s TV universe, where he’ll guest star in an upcoming episode of Arrow.
“We are thrilled to have Matt Ryan reprise the role of John Constantine on an upcoming episode of Arrow,” Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim said. “Matt is an incredibly talented actor and his portrayal of this beloved character was always something we admired. The introduction of magic and mysticism on the show this season has provided a truly organic opportunity for us to bring John Constantine to Arrow and the CW’s DC universe. It will be a well-deserved tip of the hat to all the Constantine fans who were so incredibly supportive of that series.”
Ryan will bring Constantine back for Arrow‘s fifth Season 4 episode, titled “Haunted”. There’s no word on whether any of Constantine‘s lingering plotlines will be featured – or secondary characters like Zed and Chas – but it wouldn’t surprise me if the “rising darkness” had something to do with the renewed magic featured on Arrow. Of course, the greater hope is that Ryan’s return will spark new interest in a second season – one where he can interact with DC characters like Doctor Fate or Zatanna.
Welcome back, you bastard.