Matt Ryan stole the hearts of comic fans with his portrayal of John Constantine, from the show Constantine NBC aired in 2014. The series, which was based on the Hellblazer comics, saw John and his cohorts battling the evils of ‘the Rising Darkness’, protecting the innocent from the paranormal, occult, and that which goes bump in the night. While the show was well received by fans of the comics and of superhero shows, it was cancelled after one season due to not making the numbers NBC has come to expect from their shows; fans, however, were adamant that the character return as played by Matt Ryan. There were petitions, hashtag campaigns, and even Stephen Amell of Arrow made a push (resulting in Constantine guest starring on an episode of the green archer’s show). Now CW has picked up the rights to the show (along with Supergirl from CBS)—though if they will revive it remains to be seen. While we wait for more news on the hopeful revival of the show in some capacity, we have a nice adventure to fill in the gap: the new, animated version of Justice League Dark.
Details have surfaced about DC’s newest animated film after The Killing Joke went onto Video-On-Demand today. A sneak peak at Justice League Dark came as a bonus feature, and was quickly shared online by fans, excited to find out Matt Ryan would be portraying John Constantine once again, although this time as a voice actor. The film is set to continue the same continuity as Justice League: War and Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.
The animated feature will also feature the likes of Deadman, Zatanna, Black Orchid, Swamp Thing, Etrigan, and Batman to round off the main cast of characters. Batman is noted for his inclusion to help give viewers unfamiliar with the magical side of the DC Comics universe a relatable lens of skepticism to identify with. The film will also feature minor roles for the classic Justice League characters, such as Superman. The film will be available this fall on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD.