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NBC might have cancelled their series ‘Constantine’, based on the DC/Vertigo series back in 2015, but star Matt Ryan has continued in the role several times since.  First, after actor Stephen Amell reached out to help save ‘Constantine’ (which NBC did not take him up on), Ryan was brought on to reprise his role on The CW’s ‘Arrow’.  This led to Ryan’s Constantine starring in two animated projects, the direct-to-DVD film ‘Justice League Dark’ and a miniseries on The CW’s Seed.  Now Ryan is returning in the flesh for a two-episode arc on the ensemble drama ‘Legends of Tomorrow’.

Executive Producer Phil Klemmer stated:

“Having Matt Ryan reprise his iconic — dare we say legendary — role of John Constantine on Legends is something that [executive producer] Marc [Guggenheim] and I have been working toward since season one, and now the stars have finally aligned.  While we are working to finish our 2017 Arrow-verse crossover, which is no joke the most ambitious bit of network TV that four shows have ever had the audacity and insanity to endeavor, we were looking for a way to make an equally exciting 2018 return. That’s how we came up with Matt Ryan.”

 

“As for the character of Constantine, we knew that an alienated, chain-smoking, bisexual, world-weary demonologist would feel right at home among our Legends.  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? More than anything, the episode promises to be scary as you know what — tonally it’s The Exorcist meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Demonic possession in a mental institution — what’s not to love?”

So following the ambitious four-way crossover, ‘Crisis On Earth-X’, Constantine’s return will help kick off ‘Legends” return following its winter break.  Originally, his character was brought onto ‘Arrow’ to help against supernatural threat Damien Darhk, so its fitting that this villain will factor into the upcoming “Legends’ storyline.  Darhk was a member of the Legion of Doom, last season, along with Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Professor Zoom (Matt Letscher) and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller).

Courtney Ford was recently cast as Damien Darhk’s daughter for ‘Legends’ Season Three.

‘Legends of Tomorrow’ returns tonight at 9pm on The CW!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter