For the most part, DC is doing pretty well on the TV-front with Arrow, The Flash and Gotham all ratings hits. However, not every show is quite so lucky. Last year NBC aired Constantine, following the comics hero – who happens to have that last name – a demon hunter who ends up having to protect the planet. Unfortunately, the show wasn’t a ratings hit for NBC and it was cancelled after one season. They and Warner Bros tried to find it a new home and Stephen Amell offered to guest star, but it was no use.
News broke yesterday that John Constantine will instead be guest-starring on the fourth season of Arrow rather than the other way around. He’ll be showing up in the fifth episode, Haunted, and will “provide valuable support to Oliver when arrows just won’t suffice.”
“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,” said Marc Guggenheim.“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.”
If you were a fan of the show then this should definitely be music to your ears. Since it’s now part of that shared DC TV Universe then the door is still open for future appearances and team-ups with Green Arrow and other superheroes, which would be totally awesome. Shared universes, folks!
This also sets a precedent for other non-CW shows, i.e. Gotham and Supergirl. One is a prequel and the other isn’t in the same universe, however since it’s all DC then the opportunity is out there for them both to join this universe in the way Constantine has.