Some threats within the DC Comics universe might be vanquished with some easy punches or blasting vitality beams, however all too typically, issues of a magical selection pop up that may’t be handled utilizing brawn or brains alone. Luckily, there are a selection of individuals you possibly can name for precarious conditions like this, together with John Constantine. Created by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben, Constantine debuted within the pages of 1985’s The Saga of Swamp Factor, and after being a staple of DC’s Vertigo line of books, he’s been included into the primary DC canon for greater than a decade now.
Along with being a robust sorcerer, the blonde, trench coat-wearing, chain-smoking John Constantine can be considered one of DC Comics’ most outstanding LGBTQ+ characters, having been established as bisexual again in 1992. However there’s much more to delve into with Constantine not simply in comics, however in different media too. We may spend hours, if not days speaking about all issues Constantine, however for these merely on the lookout for a quick historical past of the character, we’ve got you coated.
John Constantine In Comics
Inside the unique Vertigo continuity he existed in, John Constantine was born in Liverpool, Lancashire in 1953, and in contrast to tales informed inside the primary DC universe, he aged in actual time. As such, he turned 35 throughout the first 12 months of Vertigo’s Hellblazer sequence and was in his 60s when that sequence wrapped up.
Trying over John Constantine’s background from the Vertigo period, he had a tough childhood, starting from his mom dying after giving delivery to him and his stillborn brother, to he and his older sister being abused by their alcoholic father. John began dabbling in magic as a baby, and he turned extra skilled as an grownup whereas hanging out in London-based occult circles and touring the world. Sadly, John Constantine’s first try to make use of his magic in a heroic approach went horribly fallacious, because it ended with a younger woman named Astra Logue being dragged to hell, which left him guilt-ridden for years.
John Constantine’s spell-casting is sufficient to make him formidable, however he has many different instruments at his disposal that make him a pressure to be reckoned with. Nonetheless, there are occasions when John’s magic merely isn’t sufficient, which is when he turns to arguably his biggest software: manipulation, utilizing simply his phrases to idiot each demons and allies to get what he desires.
In 2010, John Constantine was thrown into the primary DC Comics universe on the finish of the Brightest Day occasion, and when the New 52 reboot occurred a 12 months later, he was one of many starring characters within the Justice League Darkish sequence. So far as John Constantine’s romantic relationships go, a few of his notable pairings within the comics embrace Zatanna (who harnesses a distinct form of magic), fellow sorcerer Nick Necro, Lucifer Morningstar and Stanley Manor.
John Constantine In Movie
In 2005, 20 years after John Constantine debuted within the comics, he made his approach to the large display screen in, effectively, Constantine, staring Keanu Reeves. The film adopted John, who was affected by terminal lung most cancers, serving to Angela Dodson, a troubled LAPD officer who was making an attempt to show that her sister’s dying wasn’t suicide. Among the many different acquainted Constantine-affiliated characters this film introduced in had been Shia LaBeouf’s Chas Kramer (recognized within the comics as Francis “Chas” Chandler), Tilda Swinton’s Archangel Gabriel, Djimon Hounsou’s Papa Midnite and Peter Stormare’s Lucifer Morningstar.
Constantine acquired combined evaluations and made $230 million worldwide off a price range someplace between $70-$100 million. Though Keanu Reeves and Constantine director Francis Lawrence have expressed curiosity in making a sequel all these years later, between the route the DCEU goes, their busy schedules and John Constantine’s future within the TV realm, it’s uncertain this effectively ever occur. And talking of TV…
John Constantine In TV
Exterior of popping up in a number of episodes of the animated sequence Justice League Motion, John Constantine has solely been represented on TV to date via Matt Ryan’s portrayal within the Arrowverse. We first met this model of John in his personal TV sequence on NBC, however sadly, the present was canceled after only one 13-episode season.
Then in November 2015, Matt Ryan reprised John Constantine for the Arrow Season 4 episode “Haunted,” with the character showing in each the present-day storyline and flashback sequences. Two years later, he resurfaced as a recurring character in Legends of Tomorrow Season 3. From there, John was upgraded to the primary solid in Season 4, a place he held till the top of Season 6, though Ryan remained on the present in Season 7 to play early twentieth century scientist Gwyn Davies.
Matt Ryan not solely appeared identical to the unique John Constantine, but additionally excelled at nailing the character’s persona and manipulative nature. Legends of Tomorrow even briefly explored the character having to endure terminal lung most cancers. Legends of Tomorrow additionally tailored John’s previous with Astra Logue (performed by Olivia Swann), who began out as a villain, however later joined the Legends. The “Disaster on Infinite Earths” crossover additionally revealed that Constantine goes again with Tom Ellis’ Lucifer Morningstar from the Lucifer TV sequence.
So far as John Constantine’s romantic relationships go within the Arrowverse, moreover an early tryst with Sara Lance, Matt Ryan’s model was notably paired with two individuals within the Arrowverse. In Legends of Tomorrow Season 4, we realized that John despatched his outdated boyfriend Desmond to Hell when he turned possessed by Neron as a part of a deal to maintain the demon from taking John’s soul. Ultimately Neron was lured out of Desmond’s physique, however Desmond had no want to proceed the place he’d left off with John. Then throughout Seasons 5 and 6, John obtained cozy with Zari Tarazi, a.ok.a. the brand new timeline model of Zari, to not be confused with the unique Zari Tomaz. Sadly, that relationship didn’t work out both.
It’s uncertain we’ll ever seen the Arrowverse’s John Constantine once more, not simply because Legends of Tomorrow has been canceled, but additionally as a result of there’s a brand new TV model of the character on the best way. J.J. Abrams and his Unhealthy Robotic manufacturing firm are making a Constantine TV sequence for HBO Max as a part of its Justice League Darkish franchise. As of this writing, it hasn’t been formally introduced who will play the brand new John Constantine, though The Illuminerdi claimed in April that Gangs of London’s Sope Dirisu was being eyed for the function.
John Constantine In Animated Motion pictures
Together with enjoying John Constantine in live-action, Matt Ryan additionally voiced the DC Animated Film Universe model of the character. This tackle John Constantine was launched in 2016’s Justice League Darkish, and later starred within the Constantine: Metropolis of Demons net sequence, Justice League Darkish: Apokolips Struggle and the DC Showcase brief Constantine: The Home of Thriller. This model of Constantine strains up fairly carefully together with his comedian e-book counterpart, and so far as his romantic relationship goes, it’s talked about in Apokolips Struggle that he used up to now King Shark.
In contrast to the Arrowverse’s John Constantine, it’s attainable that the DCAMU’s John Constantine would possibly resurface sometime, however explaining why would require going into main SPOILERS for Justice League Darkish: Apokolips Struggle and Constantine: The Home of Thriller. On the finish of the previous film, John persuaded to The Flash to run again in time and create one other Flashpoint so that each one the devastation on Earth could be undone. Then the latter brief movie revealed that he was locked within the Home of Thriller by The Spectre so he may keep away from being punished for messing with the material of time. You’ll be able to watch the DC Showcase brief for your self to see how John escaped that Physician Who-inspired hellscape within the first place, however by the top of the story, John was dragged via a big portal, begging Spectre to kill him due to what awaited him on the opposite aspect. With an ending like that, it’s exhausting to imaging that that is the final we see of him.
All this was a primary overview of John Constantine, so if you wish to dive deeper with the character, try his comedian e-book appearances on DC Universe Infinite or watch a few of his adventures in different media along with your HBO Max subscription.