Article by Kieran Burt.
Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has greenlit a sequel to Constantine, Variety has confirmed. The original film released in 2005, and starred Keanu Reeves as the demon hunter John Constantine.
Reeves will return to the role, alongside Francis Lawrence to direct. Akiva Goldsman will produce and pen the screenplay. Also producing are J. J Abrams and Hannah Minhella. This won’t be the first time WBD has brought Keanu Reeves back to resurrect a franchise, as he starred in the 2021 film The Matrix Resurrections. Constantine isn’t the only example of a much loved actor reprising their role in DC, as Michael Keaton will be returning as Batman in the upcoming movie The Flash.
There is no word on what the plot of the film will be, nor if any other actors from the first film will return. This news will be a surprise for many fans, as the film received middling reviews, though it earned over $230 million at the global box office. J. J. Abrams had been attached to a Constantine series at HBO Max, though Variety has been told that the series is dead. The announcement of a sequel would back that statement up.
It’s not known if the movie will fit into the existing DC extended universe, or exist on its own like Robert Pattinson’s The Batman.
While Constantine has not appeared on the big screen since 2005, the character has had several appearances on TV. Matt Ryan has played the character in NBC’s Constantine TV show, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and in the animated film Justice League Dark. Jenna Coleman plays a gender-swapped Constantine in Netflix’s The Sandman.
Fans will likely have to wait a while for this sequel to release, as both Keanu Reeves and Francis Lawrence are busy with existing commitments. Reeves will star in the upcoming John Wick Chapter Four film in March 2023. Lawrence on the other hand is currently filming The Hunger Games prequel film called The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and is also attached to the Netflix adaptation of the video game Bioshock.