Constantine’s Spectre is bad news for Justice League Dark

What does casting The Spectre in Constantine mean for Del Toro’s Justice League Dark movie?

The Spectre issue 9 cover by horror comic king Bernie Wrightson
The Spectre issue 9 cover by horror comic king Bernie Wrightson

According to Entertainment Weekly, Emmett Scanlan has been cast as Detective Jim Corrigan in NBC’s Constantine TV show.

Described as “obsessed with justice”, this incarnation of Corrigan “doesn’t let police procedure or red tape stop him from putting away the bad guys, even if the bad guys turn out to be inhuman.”

Comic fans need no further information, as the earthly identity of The Spectre – a vastly powerful spirit of vengeance.

Depending on which origin story they’re using, Corrigan is either murdered and wholly becomes the Spectre, or keeps the Corrigan persona around as a secret identity.

 Emmett Scanlan as Simon in BBC Three's In The Flesh
Emmett Scanlan as Simon in BBC Three’s In The Flesh

Scanlan is no stranger to SciFiNow either, having played Simon in fan-favourite zombie drama In The Flesh Series 2 and a small role in Guardians Of The Galaxy. He is also due to appear in Atlantis Series 2.

With John Constantine, Doctor Fate and now The Spectre all set to feature in the show, this can’t be great news for Guillermo del Toro’s Justice League Dark.

The DC TV and movie universes have come closer than ever before with Gotham and the use of Batman supporting characters in Arrow, but they’ve yet to actively run at cross-purposes…

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