Matt Ryan, who first played John Constantine in NBC’s short-lived Constantine series, has been chatting about his sporadic returns to the role. Since Constantine‘s cancellation, he’s cropped up in the role on Arrow, Legends Of Tomorrow, the City Of Demons web series and the Justice League Dark animated movie.
“The fact that the show was originally short-lived, we only did 13 episodes, and with every corner of this journey with this character, I thought that it was the end,” Ryan divulged to The Iris.
“The show was cancelled, I thought that was it, and I was about to start to do a play on Broadway, and they asked me to do the episode of Arrow, and I was really pleased about that.
“But, again, I thought then, that it was over. Then I went and did the Justice League Dark animation movie, and then Constantine: City of Demons, so at every corner, I thought of this character as being over. And then, they keep on getting me back, so it’s a great privilege, really, to be playing such an iconic character in, over all these different mediums. Now I’m really looking forward to having a good run at the character over a full season on Legends of Tomorrow.”
Indeed, Ryan will have series regular status on Legends Of Tomorrow season 4, which should give him a chance to sink his teeth into the role a bit more. We look forward to seeing him back in the trenchcoat and wonky tie, when The CW’s time-travel show returns in the autumn.