Constantine is heading back to the small screen via HBO Max for an all-new tack on the character and the forces he keeps at bay.
According to a new report from the Illuminerdi, HBO Max is in development on a new Constantine series from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. The sources of the report also provided background on two significant changes to past iterations.
First up, the series will apparently be a darker version of the story than we’ve seen before with an increased focus on the horror side of the Constantine stories, and less on the religious aspects. Seeing as Bad Robot has also been in the mix for a Justice League Dark project, this seems like a natural launching pad for more projects set in that corner of the universe.
The production is reportedly looking to cast a BIPOC actor in their late 20s in the vein of Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sound of Metal), but not that actor specifically.
What could this mean for Matt Ryan’s Constantine on Legends of Tomorrow is, of course, a question at this point. The actor famously played the British occultist on a short-lived NBC series. He latter appeared in an episode of Arrow and then moved on to being a member of the Legends.
Warner Bros. has made it clear we are entering a new age of DC storytelling where it’s okay with the idea of multiple versions of the same character being in use. For now we would say Ryan’s time on the Waverider is safe.
The new HBO Max series does not currently have any timeline for production or release.