For those looking forward to the sequel to 2005's Constantine, starring Keanu Reeves, Warner Bros. (WB) might have some bad news.
WB shocked fans around the world when it announced in September 2022 that Reeves' DC Comics movie would be getting a sequel after nearly 20 years. Since then, there's been no further word on the project.
Yet, it seems that Constantine may not be a part of DC Studios' new slate of projects.
The End of Reeves' Constantine... Again?
Update: Entertainment Weekly reached out to Warner Bros. regarding the status of Constantine 2. A representative for the studio stated that the Keanu Reeves-led sequel has not been canceled.
Thanks to industry insider KC Walsh, fans learned that the recently announced film, Constantine 2, might have been canceled.
In response to a now-deleted tweet, Walsh bluntly stated that "Constantine 2 is not happening.”
So, if that’s true, then why would WB have ordered it in the first place? Well, according to the insider, it was a “desperate” move:
“That was a movie they greenlit in desperation because they weren’t sure the direction of DC her and needed to have something post-2023.”
Before that, there was the incident involving Batgirl and its controversial cancelation.
The news also comes right after Constantine actor Keanu Reeves recently commented on the sequel's development, who was grateful that Constantine 2 was moving forward after being told "no," for years:
"I kept asking almost every year. I'd be like, 'Can I please?' [and] they'd be like, 'No, no!' ... "So it's exciting. It's almost like an open playground that we can hopefully cook something up and play in, and I guess get out of the playground and prepare a meal. But I'm looking forward to it, and hopefully it can happen."
What's the Future of DC's Constantine?
While this turn of events likely saddens some, it shouldn't be shocking to most—especially given how volatile WB has been over the past few months. This included an abrupt cancelation of Batgirl, a false start with Black Adam, and a reverse card on Henry Cavill's return.
There was even an HBO Max series centered around Constantine reportedly in development with another actor attached, so it's likely that Gunn and Safran have hit the brakes on that series moving forward.
However, there's still plenty of room for the character to show up in James Gunn's plans, such as in the newly announced Swamp Thing movie. The two characters have a complex acquaintanceship, and putting the duo together might pave the road to Justice League Dark.
A version of Constantine will also continue, for now, with Season 2 of Netflix's The Sandman, as portrayed by Jenna Coleman.
The next DC Comic movie to land in theaters will be Zachary Levi's Shazam! Fury of the Gods on March 17. Hopefully, Billy Batson can be given the future that was snatched away from Constantine.