Matt Ryan Returns as Constantine in New Clips from Justice League Dark

Saturday, 08 October 2016 - 9:17PM
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Saturday, 08 October 2016 - 9:17PM
Matt Ryan Returns as Constantine in New Clips from Justice League Dark
Today at New York Comic-Con, Warner Brothers debuted never-before-seen footage of Justice League Dark, an animated movie featuring Matt Ryan as John Constantine. Despite an outpouring of support for Matt Ryan's portrayal of the character in Season 1 of the live-action TV series, Constantine was not renewed for a second season, leaving fans looking for more of the supernatural detective/conman. Now, they're getting it!

Justice League Dark is a more paranormal-focused superhero team, one that brings together unlikely and bizarre heroes, including the likes of Constantine, Deadman, Swamp Thing, Jason Blood, Zatanna and...Batman?

Clip #1: Batman Doesn't Believe in Magic


That's right—in the very first exclusive clip, the "official" Justice League (which includes Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Martian Man Hunter, and Hawkman) is sitting in the Hall of Justice, watching video footage from deadly vehicle accidents across the country. Reportedly caused by citizens terror-stricken by chronic nightmares, Superman proposes that the cause may not be a doomsday weapon, but magic. Batman dismisses him out of hand, saying that he'll stick with the realm of science in his investigations. The next scene is of Bruce Wayne at home, shaving after a shower. When he looks up at his mirror, the name CONSTANTINE is written in the condensation, horror movie-style. He leaves the bathroom to find the same name written on his walls and floor, drawn in blood.

So right off the bat (no pun intended), Batman is cast as the skeptic in Justice League Dark. He doesn't believe in magic, the paranormal, or the unexplained, which sets him up for a rude awakening when he's forced to confront the magical world Constantine inhabits.

Clip #2: Constantine Summons Etrigan



The second clip is of Constantine and Jason Blood in a bar, being attacked by several gargoyle-like demons. After trading some witty remarks with said demons, Constantine whips out a few spells and pleads with Blood to call up his "better half" to help them fight. After Blood refuses, Constantine awakens Etrigan himself, transforming his friend into the yellow-skinned demon. Etrigan immediately speaks in rhyme and summons a sword made of fire, which he uses to make quick work of the demons, but not before one yells "Your ass is grass, Constantine!" After the battle, Blood changes back and punches Constantine in the face, telling him he's spent years trying to keep the demon under control—and that Etrigan could have gone on a killing spree.

Already, interesting and familiar dynamics are appearing: Constantine is funny, reckless and a risk-taker, someone with an uneasy relationship with his friends and fellow heroes. There may be no better example of this than the clip with Batman.

Clip #3: Batman Scares Ghosts


The third clip starts with Constantine, Zatarra, Deadman, and Batman approaching the apartment of John's friend, Ritchie. Outside the door to Ritchie's place are four ghostly figures, which Deadman calls Shrouds. Batman can't see them, but Constantine mutters that they are spirits who take souls to Hell, and that someone in the building is dying. One Shroud spots the crew and flies close to Batman. It looks like him in the face, saying "this one" has escaped them many times. Batman gathers from everyone's stares that a Shroud is eye to eye with him. Then, in true Batman fashion, he stares back at the invisible Shroud and just says "Boo."

Needless to say, the Shrouds get the hell out of there.

Clip #4: Enter, Swamp Thing


But the biggest tease of the night may have been for Swamp Thing. Made famous by Alan Moore's classic graphic novel, Swamp Thing is probably the least likely of the heroes, but fans at Comic-Con cheered hard at the chance to see him rise from his murky lair.

In the final clip, Constantine, Jason Blood, and Batman are tracking through a swamp to a darkened glen, where Constantine lights a match and uses it to create a hovering disk to take him over the surface of the water. After calling out to the Swamp Thing, Constantine threatens to burn a bush of posies growing by the pool, which causes a mess of green, tentacle-like vines to burst from the water. Before fans could glimpse the creature, the clip cut to black.

Despite not having a release date for the film, the Comic-Con clips have not been scheduled for official release yet—we'll be keeping an eye out for an official trailer, as well as more news on Justice League Dark, including a first look at the meanest, greenest member of Justice League Dark. To paraphrase the great J. Jonah Jameson...

"Bring me pictures of Swamp Thing!" 

Justice League Dark is tentatively scheduled to release in early 2017.
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