Despite the efforts of its small but ardent fanbase, Constantine was unable to dodge the NBC chopping block earlier this summer. However, despite that show’s cancellation, fans were elated to hear that — especially after the vocal support of the Arrow showrunners and star Stephen Amell — Matt Ryan would reprise the role of John Constantine for an upcoming episode of The CW DC Comics series.
Of course, since that news dropped, it has been unclear exactly how the paranormal character would find his way into Star City, though recent reports have declared that Constantine would play an integral role in resurrecting White Canary/Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) prior to her migration to Legends of Tomorrow in 2016. We now have a better idea of what to expect, when Mr. Constantine shows up in town.
Superhero Hype recently caught up with Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim and the topic of Constantine’s appearance was discussed. Here’s what Guggenheim had to say:
“When you see him in the show, honestly it feels like we’re doing a Constantine/Arrow crossover, and it’s so exciting… We’re just really glad we got the chance to extend Matt Ryan’s run as Constantine by at least one more hour of television. I think you’ll see he fits very neatly into our universe. It never feels forced, it feels right. Stephen’s on-screen vibe with Matt is just very natural, it’s as if these guys had been working together forever. I think people are really going to love the episode. John Badham (WarGames, Saturday Night Fever) directed it and it was just a happy circumstance, but John had also directed an episode of Constantine. It all works, and it works really effortlessly. It worked effortlessly with a lot of effort, I should say. I can’t wait for people to see that episode. If you thought it was a thrill just to see that one shot of Matt in the trailer, wait til you see a whole episode with him.”
For now, it sounds like viewers who were concerned that the supernatural elements of Ryan’s character would interfere with the more grounded approach Arrow has implemented can rest easy. After all, we’ve known for a while that season 4 would focus heavily on “magic and mysticism“, a theme that couldn’t mesh more perfectly with what Constantine is about.
Moreover, the fact that the episode in question is being directed by someone who has worked on Constantine before will likely help make the character’s appearance in this new environment feel even more authentic, helping to blur the lines between both shows accordingly. Besides, the creative team behind Arrow has continually teased a Green Lantern appearance somewhere down the line. If they’re potentially prepping viewers for an intergalactic group of space warriors, a little magic shouldn’t be too jarring at all.
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The Flash season 2 premieres on The CW on Tuesday, October 6 at 8pm/7 central; Arrow season 4 debuts Wednesday, October 7 at 8pm/7 central; Legends of Tomorrow begins in 2016.