In what has to be one of the most improbable crossovers in recent memory, it is being reported by Collider that Matt Ryan, who played the title role in NBC’s short-lived Constantine series, will be appearing in Arrow Season 4 in a one-off episode.
While Constantine was met with at best middling reviews, and ultimately not renewed for a second season, it nonetheless garnered a reasonable fan following, the end result of this being that The CW’s execs have apparently been convinced to let him show up on their flagship show.
Regarding how they managed to get permission to use the character (considering Constantine aired on NBC), The CW president Mark Pedowitz said to Collider, “The series is no longer on the air and luckily one of our parent companies, Warner Bros., was a production company on Constantine. We worked with them and it’s a great one-shot episode.”
As well as providing a rare instance of shows from two different networks sharing a universe, it also marks the addition of another string to Arrow‘s bow (sorry). Mysticism and magic hasn’t really been explored in any great deal with the show, and the introduction of John Constantine represents the intention to change that.
Speaking of Ryan’s addition to the cast, producer Marc Guggenheim said,“We are thrilled to have Matt Ryan reprise the role of John Constantine on an upcoming episode of Arrow. Matt is an incredibly talented actor and his portrayal of this beloved character was always something we admired. The introduction of magic and mysticism on the show this season has provided a truly organic opportunity for us to bring John Constantine to Arrow and the CW’s DC universe. It will be a well-deserved tip of the hat to all the Constantine fans who were so incredibly supportive of that series.”
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