HBO has launched a new series based on the DC character John Constantine, which will be produced by JJ Abrams’ company Bad Robot. And the new fiction apparently will feature a new lead actor, who will be neither Keanu Reeves nor Matt Ryan, who gave life to the demon hunter in the Arrowverse.
John Constantine is one of the most beloved, and strangest characters in the entire DC Universe. Created in 1985, it got its own comic book series in 1988. Its story blends the classic detective plots of the crime novel with the occult, fantasy, and the demonic. Also, the Hellblazer character is one of the most important members of the Justice League Dark.
Many fans have been wondering when Constantine would join the DCEU, and now that its initial structure has fallen apart, it’s a chance for the demon hunter to return to action. According to The Illuminerdi, Warner Bros. and HBO Max are already working on the character’s series, for which they will have a new interpreter.
The outlet also notes that the studio is looking for a young and possibly non-Caucasian actor, citing Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal, The Night of) as the star profile it is looking for. The new information coincides with a rumor that emerged in 2020 that Abrams had signed with Warner for a new Constantine film, which may well have become this series.
At the moment, it is unknown if the project is tied to other DC or HBO Max productions, although it could lay the groundwork for the rumored Justice League Dark series at some point in the future.