The journey that Matt Ryan’s Constantine has taken is pretty impressive. He went from his own show on NBC, to guest starring on Arrow, to a run of animated adventures, then guest starring on Legends of Tomorrow. He isn’t done yet though. He has officially been promoted to series regular on Legends for the upcoming season.
Because of that, his character will be able to form relationships with more than just Sara. He can be used for more than a plot device, and actually get some character development. Ryan sat down with ComicBook.com to talk about that.
“What’s great is — all the comic books I’ve read, there’s all these different relationships. Which, unfortunately, we didn’t get to explore in the show. But they’re all kind of relationships in which you can pick up a comic and kind of glean from them how they would interact. What’s great about John in this situation is it’s a bunch of characters where we don’t know how they’d interact. So that’s being discovered and created. So that’s a new, kind of wonderful, angle and dynamic for me as an actor playing John. Kind of discovering those things in the moment.”
Legends is ridiculously campy. Adding a flirty, bisexual, spirit magician to the mix is something that the writers must be excited to explore. But Ryan assures everyone that the depth of John Constantine will not be forgotten.
“Wherever John goes, there’s conflict.” Ryan added. “He brings his bag of tricks, but he also brings his emotional baggage with him. And he’s someone who, as we know, will sacrifice his best friend for the greater good. So he has his own motives and his own goals. So to bring him into this world, it’s like ‘What happens?’ And that’s the most interesting thing about doing this character in this context.”
Ryan’s comments are nice to hear. A nice balance of both can let Legends of Tomorrow have its cake and eat it too. The show is great at giving depth, emotion, and nuance to characters, but doing so while getting ready to possess a giant teddy bear, or helping Elvis Presley with his ghost twin brother.
So if you want Constantine for quirky one liners and innuendos, you got it. If you want Constantine for his internal struggle and emotional journey, you’ll get that too.
Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.
Legends of Tomorrow starts its fourth season on Monday, October 22nd, at 9/8c on the CW.
After defeating the demon Mallus by cuddling him to death with a giant stuffed animal named Beebo, the Legends are ready to ease off the gas. Sara (Caity Lotz) and her team join Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) and the Time Bureau to help clean up the last few remaining anachronisms. The job seems straightforward enough until Constantine (Matt Ryan) arrives to inform them that, in solving one major problem, they have created another, much larger one. When the Legends let time crumble in order to release and defeat Mallus, the barrier between worlds softened. History is now infected with “Fugitives” – magical creatures from myths, fairytales, and legends. Having been expelled throughout time by people like Constantine, these Fugitives are now returning to our world in droves and making a real mess of things. As the Time Bureau is distrustful of and ill-equipped to deal with magic, the Legends must team up with everyone’s favorite demonologist to set history back on track.