Many shows that are put on TV have very successful first season and they continue to thrive on their networks for quite a while. Sadly, that wasn’t the case for Constantine, NBC’s version of the magic-wielding antihero who originated as a comic book character. Constantine. According to Constantine’s Executive producer David Goyer, he’s figured out why.
While discussing his show on Starz, Da Vinci’s Demons (which final season airs on Saturday, Oct. 24) with Variety, Goyer states that “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.”
Many fans were outraged by the fact that the show wouldn’t be renewed for a second season, but it wasn’t getting the ratings that NBC wanted, so they just scraped it altogether. Goyer later states that “We almost doubled our numbers in DVR numbers, but they weren’t quite there in network television in counting those metrics,” he said. “If it had been on a basic cable channel, it could still be on.” This could be true, but another argument could be made that fans of the comic book character weren’t tuning into the show because they didn’t exactly have much faith in a show being produced on a channel with not much of a reputation replicating shows with the type of that Constantine had, thus leading to it being recorded so they could watch it with spare time.
Regardless of this though, fans can be excited for Constantine’s return to TV. They can soon see Constantine (still being portrayed by Matt Ryan, don’t worry) on season 4 of the popular CW show Arrow, the TV adaptation of DC Comics superhero Green Arrow. Goyer only had positive things to say about this, stating “I adore Matt and I think he is the definitive depiction of the character, and I think it is super cool that Greg (Berlanti) and Andrew (Kreisberg) brought him into that show,” His appearance will somehow be tied into the resurrection of Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), who will later appear as a member of superhero (and villain) ensemble in The CW’s Arrow and The Flash spinoff, Legends of Tommorow.
How do you guys feel about seeing the Hellblazer one last time on Arrow? Do you think if they receive positive ratings he could appear as a character in shows later on? Give us your thoughts in the comment section below.