There's no denying that Warner Bros. and DC Comics have cracked the code when it comes to superhero television. Already they've seen great success on The CW with Arrow and The Flash, and they're hoping for a repeat with next year's Legends of Tomorrow. Gotham is coming back for another season on Fox, soon to be joined there by Lucifer, and Supergirl makes her debut on CBS this fall. Still, there is one black mark on their record: NBC's Constantine.
After struggling to find a large enough audience in its first season, NBC canned the series. Constantine's small but mighty fanbase then took to social media to campaign for another network to pick up season 2, but in the end no one did and Constantine was officially dead. That's still the case, but there is something of a happy ending for those wishing to see star Matt Ryan don that trench coat again.
During The CW's presentation at this year's TCAs it was revealed that Ryan will reprise his role of John Constantine on Arrow (via Eric Goldman). There's still no word on when exactly Constantine will appear on Arrow, though presumably it'll be this happening this upcoming season. There's also no mention of how large of role he'll have on Arrow, but season 4 is expected to tap into the more mystical side of the DC Universe, making even a small appearance or cameo from renowned demon hunter John Constantine a perfect fit.
And yet for those who've been following along with Constantine's painful post-cancellation push to get renewed, the idea of a potential crossover with Arrow isn't news at all. Arrow star Stephen Amell made his support known when he offered to guest star as Oliver Queen on the series and then later continued to push for an Arrow/Constantine crossover after the show was cancelled. Arrow's producers, too, appeared very open to the prospect of Ryan's version of Constantine somehow living on in the Arrow-verse.
And now it's happening! Way to go, Internet. Today you did good. Here's Ryan confirming the news for all via Twitter:
— Matt Ryan (@mattryanreal) August 11, 2015
Are you happy to learn that Matt Ryan's Constantine will have another chance on Arrow? Would a second season have been better? Or is Constantine better off as a supporting character than he is a star? Let us hear what you're thinking in the comments below!
The Flash season two debuts October 6th, 2015 on The CW; Arrow returns for season four a day later on October 7th; and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is expected to debut on The CW by the first half of 2016.