Late last week NBC finally made a decision regarding ‘Constantine’ that neither angels nor the demons of hell could prevent: they decided to kill the series. While the writing was faintly written on the wall, fans were hoping the network would consider giving the show a second run. Funny thing is, it’s wasn’t only the lay viewers who were upset by the decision, but also a few celebrities who have taken it upon themselves to help change NBC’s mind:
— Joseph Morgan (@JosephMorgan) May 9, 2015
— Daniel Cerone (@DanielVCerone) May 9, 2015
You got it! https://t.co/zPd4VUDEZX
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) May 9, 2015
However, the person most vocal about saving the show was the CW’s own vigilante himself, Stephen Amell! When news first came out about the cancellation, Amell immediately posted on social media that he would be willing to guest star on the series if the network would rescind the cancellation.
#SaveConstantine — Hey TV Networks / Netflix and the like… If you pick up the show, I’ll guest star.
— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) May 9, 2015
While no comment has been issued from NBC about Amell’s offer, during a panel at last Saturday’s Wizard World Philly, the actor did reveal he was in talks to appear on ‘Constantine’ had the series been renewed.
“Constantine is an NBC show, I’m on the CW. I had discussions with DC Comics — not NBC or the CW — DC Entertainment about guest starring on Constantine when it was on the air.”
And how would the crossover be approached?
“The reason that I was going to guest star on ‘Constantine,’ at least the idea that we were throwing around was he’s an expert when it comes to the Lazarus Pit, which is now something that is a part of and will continue to be a part of ‘Arrow.’ ”
Of course, it is much easier for crossovers to occur when the shows are on the same network (as seen with ‘The Flash’ and ‘Arrow’ and the soon to air ‘Legends of Tomorrow’), but Amell has intimated that anything is possible within the small screen DC universe regardless of what network the series may be on:
“We have ‘Flash,’ we have ‘Legends of Tomorrow,’ a new show which is directly connected to the ‘Arrow’ universe, we have ‘Supergirl,’ directed by my good friend Glen Winter. That pilot, I can’t wait to see it, I’m sure it’s going to be amazing. There’s ‘Gotham’ obviously, and I’m missing something… ‘Titans,’ there you go. So again, I wouldn’t worry too much about the movie universe, because we have no shortage of options for me and other characters to populate.”
(It should be noted, however, that ‘Gotham’ is set in a different time era than the other shows mentioned, so a crossover would be a little trickier to pull off.)
But of all the things said, Amell did give fans hope that we may see the Hellblazer once again:
“… Constantine was cancelled. And there is…yeah, I know, it’s brutal…it’s a good show, and it should come back. And it may come back, like there are various platforms where it could come back… I think that all the support that it got, Geoff Johns at DC was supporting it, Jim Lee was supporting it… I don’t know how it would play. I just think that it deserves an opportunity. I really do.”
Could the WB who produces the show be shopping it around for a new home? At one point it was suggested the series may be placed on Syfy’s line up but that was soon debunked. With Marvel doing so well with ‘Daredevil’ on Netflix, could there be room for DC to showcase their comic book superhero there? Netflix would definitely be a good fit for the series especially since one of the criticisms about ‘Constantine’ was the limitations NBC placed on what could or could not be shown. Even if the show doesn’t find a new home, we could still probably see Matt Ryan as John Constantine on Amell’s show ‘Arrow.’
So it looks like it’s a waiting game once again, but it’s nice to know that other celebrities out there are pushing for the show to return and that we may not necessarily had heard the last of John Constantine.