Warner Bros. may have found its next big-screen John Constantine

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Nov 20, 2015, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

For years now, even before the picture that is now Warner Bros.' forthcoming DC Comics movie universe became clear, we've been hearing about some movie version of Justice League Dark, or Dark Universe, a project uniting some of the publisher's most popular supernatural characters on the big screen under the guidance of Hellboy and Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro.

Well, del Toro is no longer directing the project, but it is moving forward as he continues to work as a producer alongside Scott Rudin. In a DC Comics Cinematic Universe that also contains the Suicide Squad (heading to theaters next summer), it's not hard to imagine a film that follows some of DC's magical misfits as they embark on their own adventure. But even as the film seems to be taking shape, we really know precious little about it.

As Warners seems to be reaffirming its commitment to the idea, though, more information is coming forward, and the rumor mill is churning. Today, Latino Review reports that it knows which actors are up for the role of John Constantine, the streetwise sorcerer first portrayed onscreen by Keanu Reeves in 2005 and then again in 2014 by Matt Ryan (who's reprising the role on Arrow). As one of the most recognizable characters in the "Dark" version of the Justice League, Constantine has a unique role to play, and apparently finding the right actor has not been without tension.

According to the report, Warner Bros. rejected del Toro's initial idea about who should play the character, opting instead for actors with greater visibility. So, who do they want? Well, Colin Farrell, fresh off Season 2 of True Detective, is apparently the "frontrunner," though Ewan McGregor is also in the mix, and the report notes that the actor who doesn't win the Constantine role could end up playing Jason Blood, the human incarnation of Etrigan the Demon.

Now, on the surface, neither actor seems like an ideal physical fit for the part, though both have proven to be stars with tremendous range (and Farrell definitely has the hard-drinking, hard-smoking aspects of Constantine down thanks to True Detective). Still, if the rumors are true, it means that Warner Bros. is even more serious about Justice League Dark than we knew, so it might not be long before we hear even more about this flick.

(Via Latino Review)