December 11-12, 2021
Written by Leah Williams
After a recent appearance in DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, John Constantine appears to be directionless in the DC TV extended universe. Despite NBC’s Constantine being cancelled in 2015 after a single season, the character has experienced new life and popularity thanks to a cameo appearance in Arrow’s fourth season.
In addition to his recent appearance in Legends Of Tomorrow, the CW has also announced that Constantine will receive a second season, albeit in animated form, to be released early this year. If the first look is anything to go by, the series will be absolutely spectacular.
In the closing moments of his Legends cameo, he appeared to definitively leave the Waverider, but there’s still a chance for him to return. So where does Constantine go from here?
A return to the Waverider
We know that actor Matt Ryan is contracted for one more episode of Legends Of Tomorrow, although it hasn’t been confirmed how he’ll return, or in what capacity. In this latest episode, Constantine arrived on the scene to do what he does best and exorcise a demon from a girl named Nora – who also happens to be Damien Darhk’s daughter. Will he play a role in preventing Damien’s resurrection? He would certainly have the skills to do so. Plus, he’s got some romantic tension to resolve with Sara Lance – not to mention his interest in Leonard Snart. A glorious return to the Waverider seems an absolute certainty at this stage.
A trip to Star City (and a visit to Ragman)
In Arrow‘s fourth and fifth seasons, they introduced elements of the mystical with characters like Damien Darhk and Ragman, as well as through a cameo by Constantine himself. Given Oliver Queen’s history with Constantine, a return to Arrow wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility, and it would give him the chance to interact with one of Arrow‘s most magical companions. Ragman, aka Rory Regan, once controlled a suit of mystical rags that were nearly invulnerable. After absorbing a nuclear blast, however, the rags have laid dormant. Who better than Constantine to help him recover their power? Given his knowledge of magic and the occult, Constantine would be the perfect candidate to restore Ragman’s power and allow Rory to rejoin Team Arrow.
A cameo appearance in a Gotham By Midnight adaptation
The stunning Gotham By Midnight, written by Ray Fawkes with art by Ben Templesmith and Juan Ferreyra, features long-time Constantine collaborator Jim Corrigan, aka the Spectre, as he leads a team investigating paranormal crime. It’s a spectacular series, and one that comes highly recommended.
Emmett Scanlan portrayed Jim Corrigan in Constantine‘s first season, and while he hadn’t yet become the Spectre, there were several hints and teases around his future fate. Spinning Corrigan off into his own show would allow the Constantine universe to expand, while exploring the consequences of the supernatural from a police-led perspective. Naturally, the series would begin with a cameo from Constantine himself; familiarising viewers with this newly established team, and introducing the mystic struggles of Jim Corrigan.
CW’s Constantine – season two
The cancellation of Constantine was a major disappointment to many fans, but there’s renewed hope for a series revival since the character has been picked up by the CW. Tantalising appearances across the Arrowverse have demonstrated how well Constantine would fit among their current line-up of shows, especially now that magic and sorcery has been firmly established. Several plot lines within the original show are begging to be picked up, including the revelation of angel Manny’s true allegiance. Bringing Constantine back from the dead with a second season would be a very welcome move.
Perhaps Stephen Amell, aka Green Arrow, can shed some light on the situation during his Supanova Comic Con & Gaming Sydney (15-17 June) appearance.
Pic: Matt Ryan as John Constantine and Stephen Amell as Green Arrow