During a recent press junket for the final season of Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons (airing Oct. 24), David S. Goyer reflected on the cancellation of Constantine, admitting the short-lived comic-book series should never have aired on NBC in the first place. The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice writer told Variety:
“I loved ‘Constantine,” Goyer said. “In retrospect, I don’t think it should have been on NBC. I think it was the wrong channel and I’m sure they probably agree with that as well.”
Yep! I think everyone agrees with Goyer that Big Network NBC was definitely not the right home for the supernatural series. It would have been better served on a smaller network like The CW -- or on a specialty channel like Showtime, Syfy, Starz or Netflix. Though the show was shopped around after NBC pulled the plug, no other network wanted to step in for what was (at that point) a failed series. Sigh.
So, despite the outcry, collective pulling of hair and online fan petitions campaigning for NBC to renew the show (or for some other outlet to pick it up), the network announced back in May that Constantine wouldn’t be coming back for a second season. Even though Goyer noted that Constantine showed some impressive gains in time-shifted viewing, it wasn't enough.
“We almost doubled our numbers in DVR numbers, but they weren’t quite there in network television in counting those metrics,” he said. “If it had been on a basic cable channel, it could still be on.”
Although the show was short-lived, Constantine star Matt Ryan will get the chance to reprise his iconic role in an upcoming episode of The CW's Arrow on Nov. 4, since his appearance on the superhero series is tied to the resurrection of Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) ahead of the upcoming Flash and Arrow spinoff, Legends of Tomorrow.
“I adore Matt and I think he is the definitive depiction of the character, and I think it is super cool that Greg (Berlanti) and Andrew (Kreisberg) brought him into that show.”
Cool, indeed! I don't know about you, but I personally can't wait to see Ryan back in John Constantine's trademark trenchcoat and loosened tie. Here’s the official synopsis for the episode:
MATT RYAN REPRISES HIS ROLE AS JOHN CONSTANTINE ON ARROW -- When things take a turn for the worse with Sara (guest star Caity Lotz), Oliver (Stephen Amell) calls in a favour from an old friend who deals in the mystical, John Constantine (guest star Matt Ryan). John Badham directed the episode written by Brian Ford Sullivan & Oscar Balderrama.
Interesting to note that Oliver and John seem to be old friends ... What do you guys think of David S. Goyer’s comments about NBC having been the wrong home for Constantine? Are you looking forward to seeing our occult detective -- even if it's for just one episode (for now) -- back on Arrow?