‘Give ’em hell, King’: Constantine Star Content With HBO Max Reboot Getting Canceled in Favor of Keanu Reeves’ Constantine Sequel

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Warner Bros Discovery has canceled another upcoming HBO Max show. The studio announced a reboot for Constantine featuring Sope Dirisu, which was supposed to be released on HBO Max. But it was scrapped after the studio announced a sequel to the 2005 Constantine. Since the 2005 film starring Keanu Reeves, the character has appeared on screen in a variety of projects. John Constantine’s recent appearance was in Legends of Tomorrow season 6, where Matt Ryan played the character.

Keanu Reeves was the lead actor in Constantine (2005).
Keanu Reeves was the lead actor in Constantine

It’s been years since the first film came out. Hence HBO Max decided to start developing a new reboot with JJ Abrams. It required a British Black male actor to play the role eyeing an early 2023 filming start date.

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Sope Dirisu Reacts to HBO Max Cancelation

After Warner Bros decided on the reboot, they started looking for a British Black actor. The studio finalized Sope Dirisu for the lead role with plans to start production in early 2023. But after Warner Bros and Discovery’s merger, the studio canceled many projects. The cancelation included mostly DC shows and movies.

Sope Dirisu
Sope Dirisu

Now that the studio has canceled the reboot in favor of a sequel to the 2005 film, Sope Dirisu has shared his thoughts on the decision. The actor took Twitter to react to the news. He shared a piece of fan art of Reeves’ character and wished him the best for his return.


Fans have praised Dirisu for taking the decision respectively. They wished him the best and said that they hope to see him play the character in the future as well.

One Twitter user said, “Same. Also, fingers crossed that Abrams gets you an awesome gig in whatever else he’s working on for WBD if things don’t work out with Constantine.”

Another user said, “Sope you’re a sweetheart♡ I hope Netflix or amazon buys your series, you also deserve to play Constantine, you deserve so much! Muito Sucesso para ti Sope,we from Brazil love you.”

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Keanu Reeves

JJ Abrams was responsible for developing the reboot under his 250 million deal with Warner Bros. Under this deal, JJ Abrams was supposed to introduce the characters of Justice League Dark with their respective shows. JJ Abrams also had to establish a standalone universe of Superman. But three years later, no such developments were made.

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Warner Bros Confirm Constantine 2

Warner Bros has confirmed the sequel to the 2005 film. The director of the 2005 Constantine, Francis Lawrence, will also direct the sequel. The announcement received a mixed response. While fans of the film have praised the decision, others have expressed their confusion at its development.


At the time of its release, the film did not get positive critical reviews. It also failed at the box office, and it’s been 17 years since its release of the film. Considering all these people have started questioning the studio’s decision.

Keanu Reeves is confirmed to return in Constantine 2.
Keanu Reeves

However, DC fans are excited to see Keanu Reeves back as John Constantine in the sequel. There is a possibility that this film will be based on the ongoing DCEU. However, the studio has not made any confirmation in this regard.

Constantine 2 is also expected to set a base for Justice League Dark, for which fans have been waiting for so long. Justice League Dark is also a team similar to Justice League. It includes John Constantine, Zatanna, Batman, Doctor Fate, and Wonder Woman.

a fanmade poster for Constantine 2, a wishful thinking
a fanmade poster for Constantine 2

Not just the fans but the actor have also expressed his interest in returning to play the character. Any details regarding the plot of the film are not revealed yet. The studio has also not confirmed if the cast of the original film will return for the sequel or not. Constantine is available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Source: Screenrant


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