So if you have ever watched the 2014-2015 Constantine TV series, you will know that it was one of the biggest TV casualties of recent years. Why? Because it was cancelled after just 13 episodes. I have seen very few fan reactions this strong for a TV character, but I must admit that Matt Ryan was the ultimate John Constantine and it was a shame to see his tenure come to an end. After much reaction from fans, Constantine was officially brought into the Arrowverse and made a massive impact in his one (so far) appearance on Arrow. Since then, the Constantine front has been churning rumours such as an animated series on CW Seed, a second TV series and maybe even an appearance in film. Well, we have just found out that Matt Ryan will be reprising his iconic role in Justice League Dark, the latest animated film from DC Universe Animated Original Movies series.
In the film, Matt Ryan will be leading the cast as the self-proclaimed Master Of The Dark Arts. He will be joined by Camilla Luddington (Tomb Raider video games, Greys Anatomy) as Zatanna, Nicholas Turturro (Blue Bloods) as Deadman, Ray Chase (One Punch Man) as Etrigan and Jason O’Mara returns as Batman! An impressive cast to be sure, the film will definitely be anticipated as it follows-up (but not linked to) the eagerly awaited Batman: The Killing Joke. The preview of the film and behind-the-scenes footage gives us a great tease of what is to come. Are you excited to see Matt Ryan become Constantine once again? To get you ready for what is to come, here are some shows and films to see before Justice League Dark comes out later this year!
CONSTANTINE (TV SERIES)
First off, completely ignore the 2005 film starring Keanu Reeves. This keeps almost nothing that made Constantine the respected and much loved character that we knew. Matt Ryan took 2014 by storm and gave TV superheroes a new bar to match. Not many comic book shows feature such a reluctant and tortured hero nowadays, but this one works superbly well. Matt’s Constantine not only respects the source material, but he gives you so much to make you both like him and hate him. In the end, Matt makes his mark and produces the definitive version of John Constantine. The 13 episodes may go quick, but all the easter eggs and characters really fit in well and the story will have you hooked in five minutes.
SON OF BATMAN
I am not too sure how much of Batman we will see in the Justice League Dark movie, but I think it will be great to see Jason O’Mara come back to this iconic role. What makes Jason work as The Dark Knight is that he isn’t trying to copy any of his predecessors, and seems natural in his dialogue as the character. Also the animation in this film and the storytelling was just top-notch throughout and worth a watch before Justice League Dark makes its debut. There may be little in common with the two, but I believe they will have a very similar look between the two.
Ok, this one may take a little while longer to watch. Arrow kicked off a new wave of superhero shows which currently sees at least five (six if we count Vixen from CW Seed) shows connected in the so called Arrowverse. Though with this, it was a great way to give the idea of magic and dark arts into the show by incorporating Constantine in the fourth season. Stephen Amell had campaigned for Constantine Season Two and said he would guest in the show if it happened, so was great to see it happen the other way and Matt Ryan graced his way into Star City and stole the episode.
Justice League Dark is out later in 2016, watch out for a review later in the year.
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove