A Petty Substance Abuser: Pondering John Constantine’s Future in The Arrowverse
John Constantine, the fictional British exorcist character from DC Comics, had his own television series that premiered back in 2014. It was being developed by David S. Goyer, who helped to write the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy as well as Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Daniel Cerone. It had great promise with Matt Ryan, a fantastic British actor who fit the role like a glove. However, viewers did not tune into NBC on Fridays when the episodes aired. One could think it would not be a smart time to place a new show like that on a Friday when most people are either exhausted from the work week or are out on the town with friends.
However, Ryan’s Constantine returned in a guest-starring role on Arrow November 4, 2015, during the show’s fourth season. He was an old friend of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow’s and was part of the present as well as past storyline. It worked well since Green Arrow’s villain, Damien Darhk, dealt in the mystic arts himself. Since that appearance, the petty dabbler has not been seen. His chronic drinking and smoking behaviors have all but left the Arrowverse. Part of that is probably Ryan’s busy schedule but there are many facets that are still left to explore with Constantine.
According to The Office For National Statistics, 56.9 percent of British respondents, 16 years of age or older, to the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey stated in 2016 they drank alcohol. That represents 29 million people within the population of Great Britain. Even more surprising is that 7.8 million binged on alcohol throughout the day when they drank heaviest. Constantine is no stranger to needing Aetna substance abuse coverage.
He is one who enjoys his drinking and having a good time. He also loves to smoke his cigarettes too. You will always catch Constantine doing one or the other. The character is set finally to return in January 2018 on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. It continues his relationship with Sara Lance, the captain of the Waverider, who Constantine was previously tasked by Queen with resurrecting. While he’s also getting his own animated series set in the Arrowverse on the CW Seed, many people enjoy seeing his presence in live action.
It would be really great if Constantine could stick around on the Waverider. After the death of Professor Martin Stein and the retirement of his partner, Jefferson Jackson, the two men who make up the superhero, Firestorm, the question of who will replace the two heroes exist. Constantine, who has made a couple of appearances, would be interesting. Mick Rory/Heatwave and Constantine could be two good mates who enjoy a good drink when their other teammates are taking it easy.
Both likely could benefit from Aetna substance abuse coverage. Rory’s alcohol binging was so bad, an alternate version of his old friend, Leonard Snart, had to limit him on his alcohol take. It’s not likely this new Snart will stick around since Wentworth Miller, who portrays the character, announced his contract was up and time as the character was coming to an end as a result. So, Constantine could very much make up for the loss of not Firestorm but Snart too.
It could also be great to have a British character around since most of the characters on Legends are American. Adding a European touch to the team could show the global scope of some of the missions they end up going on. It is something that might allow the show to even reach different audiences too, despite it being on a good course with audiences and critics of the show alike.
For Constantine, he will have two confirmed appearances on Legends, where Phil Klemmer, the executive producer on the show, says they will connect with his previous arc on Arrow.
“His appearance in episode 310 will involve the following: a revisiting of Arrow season four and the events following that season’s finale episode; a confrontation with this season’s Big Bad on Legends — the name we’ve only heard whispered until now, Mallus; some hot sex — something that has been in short supply on the Waverider thus far in season three; and Damien Darhk [Neil McDonough], because how can you do an episode about dark magic and not have Damien Darhk,” Klemmer told The Hollywood Reporter about the character’s two-part appearance on the time travel show.
Klemmer described the story arc as The Exorcist meeting One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It will be interesting to see the antics Constantine will likely get into alongside the Legends when the show returns in 2018. Here’s hoping Constantine sticks around longer than two episodes.
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