Fans of Matt Ryan's John Constantine are happy to see the actor reprise his role as the occult detective, not only on an upcoming arc of DC's Legends of Tomorrow but also on a new CW Seed animated series. However, the animated Constantine is more than a mere continuation of NBC's live-action show; it will feature a darker tone, more in keeping with the character's comic book roots.
Asked during the Television Critics Association's winter press tour about intermingling live-action and animation with such characters as Constantine and Russell Tovey's The Ray, The CW's Executive Vice President Peter Girardi told Collider, "Moving forward, Constantine was a great example as well because the Constantine that we’re doing … it’s Constantine, if you’re familiar with the character. It’s Constantine from the Vertigo comic; it’s dark. Darker than the show."
Fans of the character will no doubt have more reason to look forward to the Constantine series, as we'll see him go up against hellish demons, ghastly ghouls, and live up to the name of "Hellblazer."
This all-new animated series from Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content follows DC’s popular comic book character John Constantine (voiced by the live action series star Matt Ryan), a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult. Armed with an arcane knowledge of the dark arts and a wicked wit, he fights the good fight. With his soul already damned to hell, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line, Constantine uses his skills to face the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.
Written by J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League Dark, Batman vs. Robin), produced by Butch Lukic (Justice League Action, Batman Unlimited) and directed by Doug Murphy (Justice League Action, Young Justice), Constantine will debut this year on CW Seed.