While there are a lot of superheroes that sport ties to the horror genre, few are cooler than John Constantine, DC’s resident dabbler in the dark arts. An occult detective, John uses his unique skills and deadpan wit to battle demons, and other forces of evil.
Constantine was first brought to the screen in 2005, in director Francis Lawrence’s film starring Keanu Reeves. While I personally enjoy that movie, Reeves’ look and performance were hardly an accurate adaptation of the character from the comics.
In 2014, NBC debuted a TV series that stuck much closer to the snarking Brit that readers knew and loved, also called simply Constantine. The series introduced Matt Ryan to the title role, and drew great reviews from fans.
Unfortunately, NBC canceled Constantine after a single season of 13 episodes. Fortunately, Ryan has since returned to the role, appearing on The CW’s DC series Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, and voicing the character in a Justice League Dark animated movie.
Now, Ryan is set to voice Constantine again, this time for a new animated series set to stream on CW Seed, a free, ad-supported streaming service. For those looking to check it out, CBR is reporting that the animated effort will debut on Saturday, March 24th.
That’s the same day the animated series will hold its world premiere screening at California’s WonderCon event. I for one can’t wait for more of Ryan’s version of Constantine, who is always delightful to watch/listen to.