J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Plans New ‘Constantine’ For HBO Max

by Erik Amaya

Matt Ryan‘s reign as John Constantine may be drawing to a close.

Confirming earlier rumors from yesterday, Deadline reports J.J. Abrams‘s production company, Bad Robot, is plotting a new take on the short-lived Constantine series which first introduced Ryan as the magician/conman. British writer Guy Bolton will write the series, which will reportedly focus on a younger John during his misspent days in London.

The shift back to John’s younger days suggests this will be one project Ryan cannot lead. Since NBC pulled the plug on Constantine in 2015, Ryan has appeared as a slightly different take on the character over in the Arrowverse. First appearing in an episode Arrow producers stressed would be a one-time thing, he eventually became a regular presence on Legends of Tomorrow. Ryan also voiced the character in various animated efforts like a CW Seed Constantine special. The actor has also said he would be willing to appear as John whenever possible.

Of course, that sort of continuity is not a requirement in the DC Multiverse — as seen by the program’s intent to focus on a younger Constantine — but it may yet happen in the Justice League Dark series Bad Robot is developing for HBO Max. Although, the Multiverse concept may allow for Ryan to continue to play the part on Legends while a new actor takes on the role in the HBO Max projects.

We clearly love Ryan and appreciate his dedication to the part, so hopefully there will be a place from him even as this new series heads toward production.

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