Keanu Reeves has returned to many iconic roles recently, from Neo in Matrix Resurrections to Ted in Bill and Ted Face the Music. But one role that no one asks him to return to, despite Reeves’ personal desire, is that of John Constantine.
Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Reeves was asked what other past role he would like to reprise, knowing that if he asked for it, he could probably get it. But that’s not true, Reeves explained.
“That’s not true! It does happen. I would love to play John Constantine from the movie Constantine again. Reeves added that while he had ‘tried’ to get a second Constantine movie off the ground with him in the role, Hollywood had aroused no interest.
Reeves played John Constantine, an exorcist from the DC-Vertigo universe and a member of the Justice League Dark, in a 2005 movie. Constantine in the comics faces more supernatural and magical threats than the regular Justice League typically doesn’t address. . with.
There have been criticisms of the film’s cast, namely Reeves — an American — playing the gruff British supernatural hero. And while critics were also not in love with the film at the time (it has 46% on Rotten Tomatoes), Constantine has garnered a cult following for its gothic visuals and for being a superhero film that deals directly with religion. Plus, the cast included delicious turns from acclaimed actors like Rachel Weisz, Tilda Swinton, and Peter Stormare.
Although Reeves no longer put himself in Constatine’s place, the character was briefly revived on television. Welsh actor Matt Ryan played a more faithful version of the character on a short-lived NBC show and reprized the role multiple times for The CW’s various DC shows, including Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.
Considering that DC is happy to play fast and free with its multiverse, even putting Ezra Miller’s Flash on the CW’s Flash series starring Grant Gustin, there’s no reason Reeves couldn’t replay Constantine alongside Matt Ryan.