Plans for a sequel to Keanu Reeves’ Constantine were scrapped because Warner Bros. had other plans for the character.
Although Keanu Reeves’ Constantine might not have been a completely comic-accurate adaptation of the Hellblazer comics, many fans still enjoyed the story it told and how Reeves brought John Constantine to life on the big screen. The film’s cult following has raised questions about if a sequel is possible, with director Francis Lawrence recently telling Slash Film that he’d even spoken to Reeves about reprising the role in an R-rated follow up.
“I think we all wanted to do it. It was successful enough. We wanted to make a responsible, more R-rated movie. By responsible, I mean we’d make a movie that wouldn’t cost quite as much as the original, which we thought was going to be PG-13. We worked on the sequel for a while. We have been talking about it recently. It’s always stuck with all of us because we all love the movie, and especially realizing there’s a real cult following for this movie, it’d be fun to make. Keanu and I have actually talked about it.”
Unfortunately that’s where the good news ends, as the director revealed the character isn’t available for Keanu Reeves to come back to as Warner Bros. has other plans for the character. Since it was recently announced that a Justice League Dark series is being worked on for HBO Max, it’s likely John Constantine will have a role in that. It’s not clear whether Matt Ryan, the star who currently plays the warlock in live-action, is being eyed for the HBO Max series or if they’ll go with a new actor. Either way, it’s disappointing to see that Reeves’ Constantine won’t get a sequel.
“Unfortunately, I don’t even remember who has it, but with all these shared universes that exist now, with Constantine being a part of Vertigo, which is a part of DC, people have plans for these shared universes. You know, possibly different Constantines and things like that. Right now, we don’t have that character available to us for TV or movies, which is a bummer. We all investigated it, but I think it’s kind of crazy when you have Keanu, who would love to do another Constantine, and us wanting to do another Constantine, and people are like, ‘Uh, no, we got other plans.’ We’ll see what happens.”
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SEASON FINALE – Still controlled by the Fates, the Legends find themselves in 1984-esque world, they soon discover that things aren’t as they thought they would be. The Legends must convince the civilians to trust them and stand up for their right to choose, but the Fates don’t make it easy by resurrecting the Encores once again. Caity Lotz, Jes Macallan, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Tala Ashe, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Olivia Swann and Matt Ryan also star. Kevin Mock directed the episode written by Keto Shimizu & Morgan Faust.
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Source: Slash Film