It was announced Sunday that the DC comics Drama, Constantine, will come back as an animated series on CW Seed. It will consist of five or six episodes, of ten minutes each. It is expected to premiere during the 2017-2018 TV season.
Constantine was adapted for TV by NBC in 2014. It only had 13 episodes before being canceled. However, Matt Ryan, who starred in the NBC drama will voice the animated series’ main character. The announcements were made today at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
Matt Ryan will be John Constantine again
The animated series will be based on the DC character created in 1985. Constantine centers on the life of John Constantine, who is a man that struggles with his faith. Suddenly he is responsible for defending humanity from the forces of darkness. The DC comics’ story has been adapted into a film starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine in 2005. As well, it was adapted as a drama series by NBC in 2014. In the NBC series, Constantine was a British exorcist and occult detective who haunted supernatural entities. It was adapted by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. John Constantine was interpreted by Matt Ryan, who has agreed to voice the character in upcoming the animated series.
Unfortunately, the show wasn’t too popular, and it was canceled in May 2015 after 13 episodes. These episodes of the live-action NBC series will also be available for streaming in CW Seeds.
The revival of the show was partly a result of a spirited fan campaign that intended to make another network to air the show after it was canceled by NBC. Luckily for fans, the CW has assumed the challenge.
Many DC comics have been adapted for the small screen
It was also notified that Goyer, will be an executive producer for the animated version of Constantine along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, who are also exec producers on The CW’s superhero slate.
The animated series will have about six 10-minute episodes, and it is set to air during the 2017-18 TV season. It will join animated DC Comics’ series Vixen, which has recently launched its second season in October. Vixen is set in the Arrow universe many other DC stories has crossed with Arrow in the past, including The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of tomorrow and Constantine. Ryan himself participated in a 2011 episode of Arrow. However, at the moment there is no possible crossover between these series, as CW president Mark Pedowitz announced it on Sunday.
As well, there are other DC comics adapted in the TV: CV has iZombie too, Fox has Gotham and Lucifer, AMC is home to Preacher and NBC is about to premiere the first DC comics Comedy, Powerless, a series that doesn’t focus on the life of superheroes, but on the lives of regular people coping with the world where superheroes and supervillains live.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter