“Constantine” lives again — sorta.
Matt Ryan, who starred as the title character on NBC’s short-lived DC Comics drama, will reprise his role on an episode of Arrow’s fourth season.
Ryan’s John Constantine — who struggles with his faith as he is haunted by the sins of his past and suddenly is thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness — will guest-star in the fifth episode of Arrow’s fourth season, titled “Haunted.”
According to a description sent by The CW, Constantine will provide valuable support to Oliver (Stephen Amell) when arrows just won’t suffice.
“We are thrilled to have Matt Ryan reprise the role of John Constantine on an upcoming episode of Arrow. Matt is an incredibly talented actor and his portrayal of this beloved character was always something we admired,” said Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim in a statement. “The introduction of magic and mysticism on the show this season has provided a truly organic opportunity for us to bring John Constantine to Arrow and the CW’s DC universe. It will be a well-deserved tip of the hat to all the Constantine fans who were so incredibly supportive of that series.”
The news comes after “Arrow” star Amell offered to guest on “Constantine” if the drama were to see a second season — anywhere. Star Ryan, meanwhile, responded with enthusiasm and noted that it would be a “real pleasure to explore these guys’ dynamic.”
Ryan followed up the announcement with a video message to fans.
Like “Arrow,” Constantine hailed from Warner Bros. Television (a Time Warner company, like CNN). The series completed its 13-episode run in February before being canceled at NBC in May. The DC Comics adaptation of “Hellblazer” concluded with 3 million total viewers and was paired with veteran Grimm as NBC continued to try to find a good companion for the genre show. Despite rumors of the David S. Goyer drama moving to corporate sibling Syfy, Warners was unable to find a new home for the DC Comics series after its May cancellation. The efforts failed, showrunner Daniel Cerone said in June, and the executive producer thanked fans in a heartfelt blog post in which he revealed the cast and creators had been released from their contracts.
“I promised I’d share news when I had it — sadly, that news is not good,” he wrote. “The cast and writers of Constantine are being released from their contracts. The studio tried to find a new home for the show, for which we’re forever grateful, but those efforts didn’t pan out. I’m sorry, I wasn’t provided any information on the attempts to sell the show elsewhere. All I can report is that the show is over.”
Arrow’s new season premieres on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. on The CW.