DC's Constantine Returning to TV in New Animated Show

The occult detective will feature in a new series on CW Seed.

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John Constantine is heading back to TV. The cult DC character, who featured in a short-lived live-action show in 2014, will return to screens in an animated series to be broadcast on CW Seed.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first season will consist of "five or six 10-minute episodes" and will form part of the channel's 2017-2018 schedule. CW Seed is The CW's digital channel, and is already home for Vixen, another animated DC show. The Constantine live-action series, which originally ran on NBC, can also currently be watched there.

Matt Ryan, who played the character in the live-action show, will reprise the role in the new animated version. Ryan has also appeared as Constantine in The CW's Arrow, as well as in the upcoming Warner animated movie Justice League Dark. A trailer for Justice League Dark was released in November--check it out here.

John Constantine was created by Alan Moore, and first appeared in a 1985 issue of The Saga of the Swamp Thing, before featuring in his own comic book Hellblazer. The occult detective was played by Keanu Reeves in the flop 2005 movie Constantine, and more recently it has been rumoured that both Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor were in consideration to play the role in a big-budget movie of Justice League Dark.

In August, it was reported that Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman has been hired to helm the film, which is now going under the title of Dark Universe. Liman was set to direct the X-Men spinoff Gambit at Fox, but has since left that much-delayed project.

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