Much to the dismay of fans, the comic book adaptation of Constantine was short-lived, canceled after its just one season last spring. Show creator and Batman v Superman writer David Goyer believes one of the main problems was that it aired on NBC, according to comments made during a junket.
“I loved ‘Constantine,’” Goyer said. “In retrospect, I don’t think it should have been on NBC. I think it was the wrong channel and I’m sure they probably agree with that as well.”
Goyer went on to talk up the show’s ratings performance and suggest that the show would probably still be on the air if it were on basic cable. Which is, you know, a fair theory, but there are a hundred variables that account for how a show does, and who’s to say that it would have found its audience elsewhere, or that its coupling with Grimm didn’t help it find eyeballs that wouldn’t have had it stood alone on another channel?
Speaking of other channels, Matt Ryan is going to reprise the role of John Constantine on the November 4 episode of The CW’s Arrow, a move Goyer is a fan of. Could this lead to the character springing back into a regular (or at least semi-regular) role on that channel — on Arrow and perhaps on the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow, of which the Constantine appearance is somehow connected by way of Caity Lotz’ return as Sara Lance — or somewhere else? Time will tell, but it’s probably not just for the sake of fan service that someone decided to keep John Constantine going in the TV DCU.