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The CW’s “Constantine” Animated Series Will Pick Up Where NBC Series Left Off

Your favorite occult detective isn’t dead yet.

Back in 2015, NBC cancelled both “Hannibal” and “Constantine,” and while we wait for a potential revival of the former, we’re happy to report that the latter is definitely coming back in the near future. It won’t be on NBC and it won’t even be live action, but Deadline reported over the weekend that actor Matt Ryan will return to voice John Constantine for a spinoff animated series.

Five or six 10-minute episodes have been ordered for CW Seed, the network’s digital home for comedy and animation. David S. Goyer, co-creator and executive producer of the NBC series, is on board the team, as is the original series’ producers Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Greg Berlanti, who oversees the DC Universe on The CW, will naturally oversee the project.

NBC cancelled “Constantine” after just one season, which came to a close on February 13th, 2015. Ryan subsequently played John Constantine on an episode of The CW’s “Arrow.”

In “Constantine”…

John Constantine, a demon hunter and dabbling master of the occult, must struggle with his past sins while protecting the innocent from the converging supernatural threats that constantly break through to our world due to the “Rising Darkness”. Balancing his actions upon the line of good and evil, Constantine uses his skills and a supernatural scry map to journey across the nation to send these terrors back to their own world, all for the hope of redeeming his soul from eternal torment.

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6 Comments
  • Ima Badlady

    Have never seen the original, but I’m always excited to see something animated for an older crowd. Makes me wish they could give Batman another shot.

    • Saturn

      The live action show was pretty good – it’s a shame it never came back for (at least) a 2nd season – this will tide me over (for now!) – hopefully the guys behind the Arrowverse will see fit to actually resurrect the show, if not that, at least have Constantine turn up from time to time in their shows.
      I really can’t imagine anyone else other that Matt Ryan in the role – he NAILED it. Hell, not sure how possible it would be, but it would be pretty cool to see him turn up in the role in Supernatural – imagine the looks he could give to Castiel for stealing his look!

      • Grimphantom

        This is probably a good opportunity since if the cartoon does well that means they might consider reviving the live action again.

      • Elizabeth

        Heh. The Supernatural writers have point blank admitted to “borrowing” things from Hellblazer, Preacher, Lucifer and some of the other Vertigo comics in the past. They didn’t even deny being total fanboys. And I don’t think they ever thought DC would bring any of those characters to the small screen.

    • THGrimm

      Right on! I love adult animation and want more of it.

  • Julie Turner

    Matt Ryan was amazing as Constantine! Glad to hear he’s voicing the animated shorts… but I hope we get him back, in the flesh, to continue the role! It’s already set in stone that “Constantine” exists in the shared universe, since he guest starred on “Arrow”, but the CW really needs to commit to a “Constantine” series. They’ve had huge success with “Supernatural”; it’s one of their best & longest-running shows, so I have no doubt they could do justice with “Constantine”. And they wouldn’t have to dumb it down or make it viewer-friendly. “Supernatural” doesn’t hold back; which I was surprised by when I first started watching it. The CW would probably actually give “Constantine” even more freedom than NBC did. Prior to the show airing, people were already upset that NBC was “censoring” some of Constantine’s traits & habits. Fingers crossed!

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