Six years after its cancellation by NBC, HBO Max is all set to reboot ‘Constantine’ with an entirely new look. Read on to find out more.
Based on the DC Comics character John Constantine created by Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Veitch, and John Totleben, ‘Constantine‘ was an occult detective drama series that ran on NBC between 2014 and 2015. It was developed by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer and was cancelled after season 1 since its ratings did not meet network standards. The series also spawned off The CW Seed spin-off called ‘Constantine: City of Demons’. The spin-off was in animation format and was telecasted between 2018 and 2019 consisting of 2 episodes. ‘Constantine’s’ protagonist Matt Ryan reprised his titular role in the animated series. Fans of ‘Constantine’ never really got over the fact that the series was discontinued so soon and continued to demand a revival. After 6 years, their prayers seem to have been heard as HBO Max is finally considering developing a reboot of the show.
- ‘Constantine’: A demon hunter from the DC Universe
- The shocking cancellation
- ‘Constantine’ reboot: Here is what we know yet…
‘Constantine’: A demon hunter from the DC universe
The show followed John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a demon hunter well-versed with occult practices. He struggles with his past sins while trying to protect the innocents from supernatural attacks that kept threatening to break through into our realm due to rising darkness. Attempting to consistently strike a balance between good and evil, John uses his skills and a magical map to travel far and wide to send terrors back into their own world to seek redemption.
The show found itself in hot water with the LGBTQAI community for not addressing John’s bisexuality. However, despite the controversy, on its release, the series was praised by critics around the world. It was also met with popular acclaim and was only cancelled because its ratings were low for an NBC primetime series.
The shocking cancellation
NBC executives decided to cancel the show immediately after season 1 ended. They stated that they were hoping that the show did better live. On May 8, 2015, NBC declined to renew the series for a second season, prompting Warner Bros. Television to shop the series around in an attempt to get it picked up by another network. However, it was revealed in June that the cast and crew were being released from their contracts as the executives had been unable to find another home for the show and that it was over for good. The team thanked their fans for their efforts to get the show revived and expressed their disappointment over the premature cancellation.
To serve their fans, a spin-off was developed in an animated format called ‘Constantine: City of Demons’ that was aired as a part of The CW Seed’s 2018-2019 line-up. The new series was also met with positive reviews.
‘Constantine’ reboot: Here is what we know yet…
Even though HBO Max is yet to release an official statement, “Dateline” has revealed important details about the ‘’Constantine’’ reboot –
“The character is set to be cast as a diverse lead, a departure from the one played by Matt Ryan in the NBC series, which aired for one season between 2014-2015. That series was developed by David Goyer and Daniel Cerone and similarly based on the DC Comics character John Constantine, a British exorcist and occult detective who hunts the supernatural.”
The series is reportedly being developed by JJ Abrams and will not have Matt Ryan reprise the titular role. A pilot has been written by Guy Bolton and will go to series at HBO Max once approved.
Interestingly, this will be the third time the character of John Constantine will be incarnated. The first portrayal was done by Keanu Reeves in the movies and the second was by Matt Ryan in the 2015 series. Ryan also went ahead and reprised the role in the animated web series, ‘Constantine: City of Demons’, and later, in ‘Arrow’ on The CW. He currently also portrays the character in DC’s ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ series.
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