The third season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is getting ready to kick off in style with tomorrow’s premiere, titled “Aruba-Con” and featuring Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and his newly formed Time Bureau, plus a young Julius Caesar. However, the most exciting news is that Season 3 will feature the hotly anticipated return of John Constantine (Matt Ryan).
During the TCA press tour back in August, executive producer Phil Klemmer told the assembled audience they were “actively campaigning” to get Matt Ryan on board the Waverider for a Season 3 appearance as John Constantine. Well, looks like their campaigning bore fruit. In a recent interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Klemmer confirmed that everyone’s favorite demon-hunting occult detective will indeed appear in the time-traveling superhero series’ third season.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Klemmer revealed Ryan will appear in a two-episode arc that'll kick off with Episode 9. But it’s the 10th episode the executive producer teased.
“His appearance in episode 310 will involve the following: a revisiting of Arrow season four and the events following that season’s finale episode; a confrontation with this season’s Big Bad on Legends — the name we’ve only heard whispered until now Mallus; some hot sex — something that has been in short supply on the Waverider thus far in season three; and Damien Darhk (Neil McDonough), because how can you do an episode about dark magic and not have Damien Darhk?” How can you, indeed? Klemmer also added that the episode will be super scary, saying that tonally it’s “The Exorcist meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Demonic possession in a mental institution, what’s not to love?”
But that’s not all: “We get Billy Zane and the circus [in the second episode]; we get a little Julius Caesar on the beach in Aruba in the premiere,” said Klemmer. “We meet [new team member] Zari in this sort of dystopian future. We get to do a little Amblin alien episode back in the ’80s; we do some Jack the Ripper Victorian London; Golden Age of Hollywood; John Constantine doing an exorcism. We do a Freaky Friday episode.”
Ryan made his mark as the Hellblazer in NBC’s short-lived series Constantine (2014-2015), hailing from Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. The cancellation created fan outcry, and several petitions to save the show were launched. Ryan returned to the role in the Season 4 episode of Arrow titled “Haunted” and voiced the character for Warner Bros.’ animated movie Justice League Dark. Earlier this year, it was revealed Constantine would be back as a new animated series, with Ryan back in the title role. The first trailer was released during NYCC over the weekend.
The return of John Constantine jibes with what the creative team wants for the upcoming season: “We wanted the villains of Season 3 to be different, so the whole aesthetic is much more about magic and the world of the supernatural instead of fighting speedsters and former League of Assassins guys. We’re dealing with some supernatural evil, which is super cool.”