Constantine 2: Sequel Directed by Keanu Reeves Reportedly Still in Development
A Keanu Reeves-directed Constantine sequel is reportedly still in development. According to Entertainment Weekly, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. Discovery assured them that Constantine 2 had not been scrapped. Reports from last year suggested Reeves was reuniting with original director Francis Lawrence for a new installment as the Magical Exorcist based on DC Comics’ Hellblazer comic book. The project was never mentioned during DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn’s presentation earlier this month, which seeks to create a cohesive, interconnected DC Universe across movies, TV series, animation and Games.
The EW report doesn’t mention any returning cast like Rachel Weisz, though it was previously suggested that Akiva Goldsman (Batman & Robin) was attached to write the script and executive produce the Constantine sequel. The original 2005 film saw the occult expert (Reeves) team up with a policewoman to solve the mystery behind a suicide, with the investigation taking them through the realms of demons and angels. As of now, there’s also no word on a release window or plot details, but fans online can rest easy knowing that’s not because it won’t. Wasn’t mentioned in Gunn’s breakdown that it wasn’t canceled. That said, Gunn hinted that any DC Comics projects that fall outside of his main DC Universe can still co-exist, under the “Elseworlds” umbrella. This of course includes Matt Reeves’ The Batman universe, Todd Phillips’ Joker and Teen Titans GO!
Titled “Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters,” co-CEOs Gunn and Peter Safran laid out new plans for the DC Universe, which will begin once the Old Regime films hit theaters. This includes Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and the flash – the last of which will reset the entire timeline, making room for new characters and stories to unfold. The phase will begin with an animated series for Creature Commandos, revealing that characters will be constantly moving in and out of animated and live-action projects, with the same actor(s) voicing and starring, respectively. This will be followed by a television series called Waller, then the “true beginning of the DCU” – Superman: Legacy, which will explore the story of a young Superman. Henry Cavill, who appeared as the Kryptonian hero in Zack Snyder films, announced his return to the role in October. However, things changed when Gunn came on board and wanted to explore a new story.
Other projects in the range include a Swamp Thing original film, which canonically, takes place in the same dark fantasy universe as Constantine. While it’s unclear where Constantine’s sequel will land, Gunn suggested he has more projects in store for us. As to whether he plans to tie into this universe with his DCU vision, only time will tell. Meanwhile, Reeves will next be seen taking on his role as a professional hitman in John Wick: Chapter 4, which is due out next month.