Fans of NBC’s short-lived “Constantine” series can rejoice, as it is returning, albeit in an unexpected way. The CW has greenlit an animated series, presumably carrying on from the previously cancelled live action version. The first season will be comprised of half a dozen 10 minute episodes and, like “Vixen“, will air on CW Seed, their digital platform. Matt Ryan will return to voice the titular character, a role that rightfully refuses to die for him. After the NBC series went up in smoke, the actor managed to reprise the role on “Arrow” last season and he is voicing John Constantine once again in an upcoming Justice League Dark animated film.
The real question now is whether or not Ryan will appear in the flesh to guest on the live action DC shows on The CW from time to time. After all, he’s done it once before and Vixen herself, Megalyn Echikunwoke, has also made the jump to live action on “Arrow” as well. I know fans would go nuts for the occasional John Constantine appearance, as would I. Hell, I’d love to see him join the crew of the Waverider on “Legends of Tomorrow” at some point, even if only for one season. The character remains one full of untapped potential and the same goes for the other horror-oriented DC characters. Plus Ryan is a hoot in the role.
Speaking of The CW’s DC slate, they’ve renewed the whole lot of them. For the 2017-2018 season, “Arrow” will return for a sixth season, “The Flash” for a fourth, “Supergirl” for a third, and “Legends of Tomorrow” for a third. In addition to their popular DC Comics shows, the network has also renewed “Supernatural” for a thirteenth season, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” for a third season, and “Jane the Virgin” for a fourth season.
The likes of “Reign“, “The Vampire Diaries“, and “The Original” are all expected to finish their runs this season, hence their absence. That just leaves mid-season shows “iZombie” and “The 100” and newcomers “Frequency“, “No Tomorrow“, and “Riverdale“. Decisions on these series likely won’t come until closer to summer.
As bonus, check out this poster for the “Constantine” animated series…