DC Comics released a few movies on many secondary characters in the early 2000s, including Catwoman and Jonah Hex before the Snyderverse reboot with Man of Steel. One of the better-received films in this era was 2005’s Constantine starring Keanu Reeves and Djimon Hounsou.
The film had divided fans on release, while it was praised for going all out on the supernatural aspects of the comics, many were disappointed with the portrayal of John Constantine. Keanu Reeves’s portrayal was far different than the one from the comics, as he wasn’t British with blonde hair.
Where is the sequel?
Despite not being comic-book accurate, many were still hoping for a sequel to the rich universe but it just kept on getting delayed. Many of the cast members expressed interest in reprising their roles, including the director Francis Lawrence while speaking to MTV. He said:
“It’s interesting that over the years, Constantine seems like it’s become … like it has this sort of cult following, which has been great. It’s been embraced. It would be great to figure out a sequel, and if we did, and we’ve been trying to figure one out, it would be great to do the really dark, scary version.”
Much to the excitement of DC fans, Deadline confirmed the sequel was in the works along with Keanu Reeves and Francis Lawrence set to return. Considering the director’s intention to go darker and the John Wick actor still in good form, we could see Constantine reach its true potential.
Keanu Reeves predicted the sequel?
The actor has also stated interest in returning to the project on many occasions, with one not so long ago at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. When asked if there was any character he would play again, Keanu Reeves said, “I would love to play John Constantine.”
Imo this was a good take on the character and mad happy it’s coming back pic.twitter.com/YYkNd3IguR
— The Bean Dip (@RefriedBeanDip) September 16, 2022
FIRST MOVIE WAS AWESOME AND VERY UNDERRATED. FINALLY HUGE W FOR BAD ROBOT AND ABRAMS
And yes, DC Elseworld (dark awesome movies with brilliant actors and vision by one great director) still > > > > > any CBM universes pic.twitter.com/ZVlsNi5epi
— Alexandro ⚡ (@Neil528491) September 16, 2022
Furthermore, Stephen Colbert expressed disbelief at the sequel not being made with Keanu Reeves ready to join it at any moment, to which the actor replied, “I’ve tried, Stephen”. Fans have also expressed excitement at seeing the character return to the big screen.
Constantine is streaming on Prime Video.