As it turns out, The CW renewing the majority of its primetime lineup for the fall was not the only great news that came out of today’s presentation at the TCA Winter Press Tour.
Today, it was also announced (as per the title) that the network is reviving “Constantine,” the beloved but short-lived NBC season starring Matt Ryan as the popular DC Comics character — but with a twist. The network is ordering a handful of episodes to their CW Seed online platform for what will be an animated iteration. Not only that, but Ryan will be returning for the project voicing the title character. Executive producer Greg Berlanti and writer David S. Goyer are also reportedly on board.
As of this time, it is not clear whether any of the supporting cast from the NBC version of the show will be returning, or if there will be any cameos from other people within the CW superhero universe.
Is this a sign that we could someday see “Constantine” return as a proper show? That would be ideal, but that’s more of a pipe dream for now. What we do think is that this could be a sign that The CW uses Ryan in a live-action capacity in some way moving forward into the future. He’s got a relationship already with Oliver Queen, so there are some ways that he could fit into “Arrow” — even though this show tends to be steering clear from the mystical right now, save for Ragman. Maybe someone on “Legends of Tomorrow” or “The Flash” could also have a use for him given some of the demonic monstrosities that exist out there.
Insofar as the animated series, there are some other characters connected to Constantine in the comics who we’d love to see brought to life. We’ve been cheering for a live-action Zatanna within the CW universe for a long time now.
Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves right now; at the moment, the only thing that’s being reported is an animated series, and we’ll see if this leads to something else down the round. We’re just excited at the prospects and the commitment made to using the character.
What do you think about the show being revived in animated form, and do you hope that this leads to something more? Share now in the comments! (Photo: The CW.)