Constantine movie rumored in development at Warner Bros.
DC Comics’ John Constantine has received a multitude of screen adaptations over the years to various fanfare and with J.J. Abrams currently developing a Justice League Dark series for HBO Max, a rumor has surfaced that a new live-action film focused on the sorcerer is also in development at Warner Bros. (Via ComicBook.com)
After The Direct initially reported that a source told them a live-action Constantine solo film was in the works at the studio with Bad Robot and Abrams attached as producer and its tone would be in line with his HBO Max series, The Observer’s Brandon Katz took to Twitter to confirm he’s also heard some potential rumblings, which even includes the possibility of Keanu Reeves returning to the role after starring in the 2005 film.
The rumor does come on the heels of rumors that have begun swirling that the studio is also currently developing a film adaptation of DC Comics’ magician superheroine Zatanna Zatara, which is reportedly being worked as independent from Abrams’ Justice League Dark series. Though this may sound like a complicated affair to some fans, it’s not entirely impossible as WB and DC are planning to introduce big-screen audiences to the concept of the multiverse in the forthcoming The Flash, with Michael Keaton reportedly in talks to reprise his role as Batman in the film as an alternate universe version of the hero.
It also wouldn’t be the first time the various film and TV worlds have crossed over or existed simultaneously, with DC Universe/HBO Max series Doom Patrol featuring Joivan Wade’s portrayal of Victor Stone/Cyborg while the DC Extended Universe features Ray Fisher in the same role. It was even explained in this year’s Arrowverse crossover event, “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” that the DCEU, Arrowverse and Titans/Doom Patrol universe all are on separate Earths, with Ezra Miller’s Flash cameoing in The Flash episode while Wade’s Cyborg cameoed in Legends of Tomorrow‘s episode.
Though it’s currently unclear as to who would star in the film as Constantine, given the recent cult following surrounding Reeves’ initially derided outing and his resurgence in popularity at the box office with the John Wick franchise and the forthcoming The Matrix 4 and Bill and Ted Face the Music, as well as the 55-year-old’s continued desire to reprise the role, it’s entirely possible WB would look to him to star in the film.