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NBC’s ‘Constantine’ ‘Hellblazer’ Casting and ‘Dark Justice League’ Movie Update

By James Knight on Mar 15, 2014 11:35 AM EDT

NBC’s upcoming Hellblazer series has cast its John Constantine, and this time he is British and blond. Meanwhile, director Guillermo del Toro is still planning on moving forward with his Dark Justice League movie, despite one of the members, Constantine, now having his own series.

Move over Keanu Reeves, there is a new John Constantine in town, and this one is blond. Welsh stage actor Matt Ryan has been cast as the supernatural detective in the upcoming NBC series.

The show’s executive producer, David S. Goyer, released a statement to the press about the show, stating:

“I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985. This Constantine, envisioned by Neil Marshall and embodied by Matt Ryan, looks like he sprang directly from the comics’ covers.”

Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro has been attached to a Dark Justice League movie, titled Dark Universe.

Last year, del spoke at Festival di Roma about the how the upcoming film will tie into the greater DCU:

“I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985. This Constantine, envisioned by Neil Marshall and embodied by Matt Ryan, looks like he sprang directly from the comics’ covers.”

"Warner Bros. are making plans for the entire DC Universe, all the superheroes, all the mythologies, and part of that is Justice League Dark. They're planning on TV, movies, all the media, so we have to fit within that plan."

Del Toro also spoke about the specifics of the Dark League lineup and John Constantine’s involement last year at WonderCon last year:

"[John Constantine] is basically trying to recruit these guys," del Toro said. "On Etrigan, I'm using Jason Blood in the time of Merlin. We find out at the top that they each have a mystery to solve. Swamp Thing is at peace with who he is, but Deadman needs to figure out who shot him. It's all woven in. Growing up, my two favorite characters were Etrigan and Swamp Thing, so I'm in heaven."

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