CONSTANTINE: Rumored Star Of Scrapped HBO Max Series Reacts To News Of Keanu Reeves' Planned Return

CONSTANTINE: Rumored Star Of Scrapped HBO Max Series Reacts To News Of Keanu Reeves' Planned Return CONSTANTINE: Rumored Star Of Scrapped HBO Max Series Reacts To News Of Keanu Reeves' Planned Return

Warner Bros. has changed course with its Constantine plans, and actor Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù - who was set to play John in an HBO Max series - has now reacted to news that Keanu Reeves is returning as the Hellblazer.

By JoshWilding - Sep 18, 2022 05:09 AM EST
Filed Under: Constantine

On Friday, we learned that Warner Bros. Discovery has decided to finally bring Keanu Reeves back as John Constantine. The actor first played an Americanized version of the DC Comics character in 2005, and while some fans had mixed opinions about that spin on the source material, the movie has since developed something of a cult following.

It helps that Reeves has had a real resurgence in recent years, of course, leading to a very vocal upswell of support for him to play the Hellblazer again. 

With the actor set to reunite with filmmaker Francis Lawrence for that Constantine sequel, J.J. Abrams' planned HBO Max TV series - which was going to lead to a Justice League Dark team-up project - has been scrapped. After Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, most DC Comics fans are relieved, but where does that lead actor Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù?

All signs pointed to him playing John Constantine on the small screen, bringing some diversity to the role and putting a fresh spin on the character. Unfortunately, he'll no longer get to follow in the footsteps of Reeves or The CW's Matt Ryan. 

Taking to Twitter, Dìrísù made it clear he has no hard feelings with a Tweet supporting Keanu's return to the role. 

Playing Constantine appears to be far from an easy ride for actors, because Ryan also had the character taken from him when Warner Bros. decided to focus on Dìrísù's version. He briefly got to take on a different role in Legends of Tomorrow, but following that show's cancellation and the impending end of the Arrowverse, we're guessing we'll only hear him as Constantine in animated projects moving forward. 

Ultimately, we feel for Dìrísù and it has to hurt that he's missed out on what could have been the biggest role of his career. We're sure something else will come his way, though!

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Fares - 9/18/2022, 5:25 AM
Good sport. Respect.
hazapez - 9/18/2022, 5:34 AM
i wonder if keanu can pull off blonde
braunermegda - 9/18/2022, 8:47 AM
@hazapez - he won't even cut his hair and shave
thespiderkat - 9/18/2022, 5:49 AM
Good for him. Now Warner should give him a DC character who has always been black in the comics (crazy revolutionary idea these days, I know)
Urubrodi - 9/18/2022, 5:56 AM
@thespiderkat - For some people in this website this is crazy talk, but totally agree with you.
jazzman - 9/18/2022, 6:24 AM
@thespiderkat - Green Lantern John Stewart , Bronze Tiger, Black Lighting, Cyborg and Mister Terrific. DC dont realy have alot of mainstream Black Superheroes. Raceswap is nothing new in Hollywood anyway look how many White actors been playing Asian and Black roles. I'm only glad J. J. Abrams is not involved in this. But i do wish we had a proper reboot of Constantine that is more like the comic book.
bkmeijer1 - 9/18/2022, 6:49 AM
@thespiderkat @jazzman - or make him Superman in JJ's and Taneshi Coates' Superman.

Kidding, I like John Stewart more
soberchimera - 9/18/2022, 12:35 PM
@jazzman - Bloodwynd and Doctor Mist are another two that come to mind.
ScaryTerry - 9/18/2022, 5:54 AM
WBD knock this stuff off or they’re going to have difficulty securing good actors to fill roles.
Origame - 9/18/2022, 7:43 AM
@ScaryTerry - really don't see the problem here. Most people here seem excited by the news.
ScaryTerry - 9/18/2022, 12:50 PM
@Origame - I’m cool with another Keanu Constantine, the problem is (as I see it) if WBD keeps canceling and switching gears with projects like this, actors are going to think twice before signing onto a project. Who wants to work hard on something just for it to fall apart later?
Origame - 9/18/2022, 1:23 PM
@ScaryTerry - I mean, it happens in the business all the time. Especially with a recent merger like this. But the people involved were compensated for their troubles based on the contracts they signed.
ScaryTerry - 9/18/2022, 4:07 PM
@Origame - I suppose.
TheManWithoutFear - 9/18/2022, 6:02 AM
Classy. Never heard of this guy, but I like him.
jazzman - 9/18/2022, 6:11 AM
@TheManWithoutFear - You need to watch Gangs of London a Tv Show in the UK he is great in the show. The show is produce by Gareth Evans who directed The Raid 1 & 2.

Blergh - 9/18/2022, 6:32 AM
Classy reaction!
Props to him for being a good sport.

IMO a TV show and movie series can run parallel, especially since Keanu's version of Constantine really doesn't look anything like the original version.
Just call the movie series "Constantine" and the TV series "Hellblazer", problem solved?
IronDean2099 - 9/18/2022, 9:27 AM
@Blergh - I think this WBD trying to streamline the DC brand. I wouldn't be surprised if they went back to only allowing one version of each character to be used in live action at one time. They probably think it's more damaging to have fans comparing different versions plus it makes each appearance feel like more of an event.
Se4M4NSt4ine - 9/18/2022, 6:40 AM
Give him Spawn.
Origame - 9/18/2022, 7:44 AM
@Se4M4NSt4ine - thats what I've been saying. Why race swap these established characters when there are all these underutilized minority characters out there?
Hummingbird - 9/18/2022, 9:33 AM
@Se4M4NSt4ine -

I just remembered a few years ago Jamie Fox was/is going to play Spawn. And Jeremy Renner to co-star in his movie too.
Hummingbird - 9/18/2022, 9:35 AM
@Se4M4NSt4ine - I do like the idea of him playing Spawn as well. 😇👍
bkmeijer1 - 9/18/2022, 6:48 AM
So far I've liked every incarnation of Constantine in live-action, so I think I would've enjoyed his version as well.
GetsugaTensho22 - 9/18/2022, 6:59 AM
Ya know, I’d have preferred a non-black actor to play a race swapped Constantine. Give it to Riz Ahmed or something!

Race bending is meant to allow greater diversity on screen. Where’s the Asian, Latin or South Asian representation? Race bending always defaults to Black.

Dare I say it, it seems that the Black Community is pretty adequately represented at this point
Origame - 9/18/2022, 7:49 AM
@GetsugaTensho22 - I still don't get the end goal with representation here. Are we really expecting to get an exact percentage of the US population?

..ok. I don't agree with that, but if that's the case, we're definitely past that for black people.
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