Yesterday, it was announced that Matt Ryan will be reprising the role of DC occult maestro John Constantine on CW’s “Arrow“. Fans rejoiced at the actor getting the chance to continue on in the titular role from NBC’s now-cancelled “Constantine” and he is being welcomed into the CW DC Universe fold with open arms. But how exactly will John come into the show and what will he be up to during his guest appearance (hopefully the first of many)?
I’ll leave the explaining to writer/producer Marc Guggenheim…
“Unlike Thea [Queen], who wasn’t fully dead [before being resurrected by the Lazarus Pit], the consequences of using the pit on someone as dead as Sara was creates some unforeseen difficulties…and John Constantine is uniquely suited to help our team deal with those.”
Constantine will be trouble-shooting the after affects of Sara’s resurrection, though it’s not clear whether or not he will participate in the resurrection itself. It sounds like a wonderful way to integrate the character into the world of “Arrow” in a natural way, as opposed to forcing him in with a random throwaway episode. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.
According to an interview with writer/producer Andrew Kreisberg, it appears John will be arriving in the fifth episode of the coming fourth season. It is titled “Haunted” and given that it arrives just days after Halloween, it will clearly be dabbling in the supernatural more than the series ever has before. The episode is also set to be directed by the great John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, Dracula, Blue Thunder), who also happened to helm an episode of “Constantine” last year.
Back on the subject of Ryan’s coming to the series, Marc Guggenheim also spoke up about the actor coming into the fold…
“We are thrilled to have Matt Ryan reprise the role of John Constantine on an upcoming episode of Arrow. Matt is an incredibly talented actor and his portrayal of this beloved character was always something we admired. The introduction of magic and mysticism on the show this season has provided a truly organic opportunity for us to bring John Constantine to ‘Arrow’ and the CW’s DC universe. It will be a well-deserved tip of the hat to all the Constantine fans who were so incredibly supportive of that series.”
“Arrow” returns to CW with its fourth season premiere on October 7th this fall. Constantine should arrive on the series four weeks later on November 4th in the new season’s fifth episode.
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