Fans were ecstatic to see Constantine make a cameo last week (November 4th) on ‘Arrow’. The episode (S4 Ep5), “Haunted”, proved a couple of things, that the fan base for Constantine, played by Matt Ryan, is very much alive and are still calling for the series’ return. The second thing, as if that wasn’t enough, the episode boosted ‘Arrow’s’ ratings by 10%, proving that Constantine still has value, of which, a network should be taking advantage.
Earlier this year fans were crushed to learn that Constantine had been cancelled by NBC, after it’s first season and have since been begging for someone to bring the series back, with the cast from it’s one and only season. Fans have gone so far as starting a petition, that has already surpassed 50,000 signatures, in hopes that it will get the attention of a network. At the moment the rights to Constantine are owned by The El Rey Network, but there has been no word if they have plans for the show.
The series revolved around John Constantine, a man who dabbles in the dark arts in the name of good, his friend/assistant/chauffeur Chaz (Charles Halford), psychic-sensitive -artist Zed (Angelica Celaya), an angel appointed to watch over Constantine, named Manny (Harold Perrineau) and Papa Midnite (Michael James Shaw) who is a very powerful, dark sorcerer. Papa Midnite is sometimes Constantine’s enemy and sometimes his ally, they have a complicated relationship.
The graphic novel character, Constantine, was created by Allen Moore. Constantine first made his appearance in another graphic novel, issue #37 of Swamp Thing, then in 1988 got a graphic novel series of his own titled Hellblazer.
I will be completely honest, when I saw the petition, I immediately signed it and set out to write this article. I was first a fan of the graphic novel, then a fan of the series. In my opinion, Matt Ryan did an amazing job with the role. I find it sad that such a wonderful series, like Constantine, can be cancelled while so many mediocre shows are renewed. I would love to see the show be brought back to life. If you feel the same way, spread the word and tell networks to #SaveConstantine !