If you're gonna make a show about a jaded and cynical occult detective, you have to be unafraid to plunder the dark and grimy depths of Hell itself, right? Maybe that was the problem of every Constantine adaptation up until this point, they just weren't dark and gritty enough. Warner Brothers Animation wants to fix that, according to its executive vice president Peter Girardi who is also involved with Blue Ribbon Content and Alt Programming.
Speaking about Blue Ribbon's Constantine animated series at TCA, he said, "Constantine in this animated show is from the Vertigo comic which is darker than the show. It’s a lot darker than Vixen, so parents beware." Vixen ran for two seasons online, starting in 2015, and starred the voices of Megalyn Echikunwoke (Vixen), Neil Flynn (Chuck), and Anika Noni Rose (Kuasa).
Girardi also went into why they decided to make the character animated, "With animation, first question is why does something need to be animated? We want to amp up the VFX and the setups with what we call 'Pencil Power.'"
He added that while they are working closely with Arroweverse producer Greg Berlanti, it is unclear at this point whether or not the series will be a part of that shared universe. Matt Ryan will be voicing the show's main character while Berlanti, David S. Goyer, and Sarah Schechter will produce.
The Constantine animated series premieres later this year.