NBC’s Constantine was one of the shows that didn’t make the cut, and recently the company announced they will not be renewing it for a second season. That’s a bummer, because although it was quirky and dark — like the source material — it was pretty good, especially with Matt Ryan at the helm. Ever since Ryan voiced Edward Kenway in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, I’ve quite enjoyed his handiwork.
Nevertheless, NBC won’t be airing the show any longer, but that hasn’t stopped Warner Bros. TV from shopping it around.
A campaign to save the show is in full effect, with fans, actors and showrunners making frequent use of the hashtag #SaveConstantine.
The Arrow star, Stephen Amell, even teased a crossover featuring his character and John Constantine — both of which come from the DC comics universe.
As you can see, Matt Ryan replied to Stephen Amell but Constantine’s showrunner Daniel Cerone also retweeted the original post. In other words, team Constantine is okay with the idea.
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that a crossover will ever happen, especially since the show is no longer on the air.
What Do You Mean?
Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim says “It’s really hard to make plans when a show’s kind of in limbo.” He has a point, considering Constantine is still being shopped around. There’s a chance it may not even find a new home.
Stephen Amell discussed his character’s role on the show at the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic-Con.
There is an opportunity for interconnectivity with any DC television show that exists. Like, as an example, yesterday Constantine was cancelled. And there is… yeah, I know, it’s brutal… it’s a good show, and it should come back. And it may come back, like there are various platforms where it could come back.
Now, Constantine was an NBC show. I’m on The CW. I had had discussions with DC… so not NBC, not CW… but with DC Entertainment about guest starring on Constantine when it was still on the air. And that was and is still on the table.
As for what his character would be doing during a Constantine and Arrow crossover, he had the following to say:
The reason that I was going to guest star on Constantine, at least the idea that we were throwing around was he’s an expert when it comes to the Lazarus Pit, which is now something that is a part of and will continue to be a part of Arrow.
Yet, it takes much more than a prominent actor’s well-wishing for something like this to happen. Guggenheim is a little less optimistic about the whole thing, saying that it’s out of his control.
[I]t’s hard for me to say mainly because A: it’s not my decision to make and B: with ‘Constantine’ being shopped around to other networks… it’s really hard to make plans when a show’s kind of in limbo.
Will This Actually Happen?
As Guggenheim said, the first step is finding Constantine a new home. There is a chance that CW might pick up the show, which already has a decent install base, albeit not enough to please NBC’s coffers. Then again, Constantine may well be doomed. Let’s hope another network decides to support the series.
What are your thoughts on the matter?