Constantine will live on, for another episode. After weeks of speculation, the CW today confirmed that Matt Ryan will reprise his role as Constantine from the cancelled NBC drama in an episode from the upcoming fourth season of Arrow. Both DC series are produced by Warner Bros. TV, which made the guest spot possible. Ryan will guest in episode five, entitled “Haunted.”
Arrow star Stephen Amell has already been a big proponent of the crossover – back in May the actor publicly offered on twitter to guest star on the show if it were renewed by another network or streaming service. Bringing Constantine to Arrow proper at least saves the character, and furthers that show’s increasing comfort with comic book themes. Starting out with a much more grounded, gritty premise that eschewed super powers in favor of what amounts to ramped up special forces training, with the introduction of sister series The Flash, Arrow has increasingly embraced comic book themes. (Including the resurrection of the dead.)
Bringing an actual wizard into the mix makes for a very different show than the one that premiered in 2012. Related to this, last spring during PaleyFest, The Flash and Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti suggested similarly increasing comic book-heavy themes for that show, teasing an adaptation of the DC Comics crossover event “Flashpoint Crisis.”
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