Matt Ryan has been chatting about his latest return to the role of John Constantine. Since the cancellation of his short-lived NBC series, this coat-wearing occult investigator has found a new lease of life on The CW.
Ryan’s Constantine has already guested on Arrow and Legends Of Tomorrow. Currently, The CW is streaming an animated series – replete with Ryan’s voice – entitled Constantine: City Of Demons. Later this year, Ryan will join Legends Of Tomorrow season 4 as a series regular.
Enthusing about the animated series, Ryan said this to Collider:
“What’s great with an animated series is that you’re able to do a lot more than you can do in live-action, which is amazing. What we see here is that John and Chas [Charles Halford’s character from Constantine] have become estranged, but they reunite to save Chas’ daughter. The script was adapted from the graphic novel, Hellblazer: All His Engines, which I had read previously ‘cause I’d read a bunch of the comics, obviously. So, I was really excited to hear that they were adapting that, and I loved the script and thought it was fantastic. What’s great is John interacting with Chas again. We get to explore a little bit of John’s backstory, and we get to see him do some stuff that he couldn’t do in the live-action. It’s a really good opportunity for John in this medium.”
Asked whether John would have to lighten up in order to join Legends, Ryan answered with this:
“One of the things I really love about the character is the fact that he has that wit and that charm. He does have that funny side to him, that’s a witty, dark-humored side to him, and that fits in well, with all of those guys. Whether it’s a lighter side or not, I think that John is always John, no matter what. He carries his demons around with him, so it will be interesting to see how he fits in with the other Legends. I’m sure it will be a lot of fun, as well. One of the great things about doing the live-action show, Constantine, was that there was a lot of fun in that show, juxtaposed with the darkness, as well. I’m sure that we’ll see a bit of both.”
Constantine: City Of Demons is available now on CW Seed, The CW’s online platform. Also, keep your eyes peeled during the Legends Of Tomorrow season 3 finale, which will apparently offer clues regarding Constantine’s role in season 4.
More as we hear it.