Warner Bros. Discovery delivered a major bombshell last week after confirming that Keanu Reeves will return as John Constantine in a new project which will be a direct sequel to the 2005 film. Shortly following the announcement, it was revealed that the production company is pulling the plug on the HBO Max project which was supposedly being helmed by J.J. Abrams with the help of his folks over at Bad Robot Productions.
As per TheWrap, the reason behind HBO Max's Constantine project getting shelved had nothing to do with its creative direction. It was reportedly a business decision of the streaming platform's part as HBO Max already featured a ton of original DC content. Additionally, WB TV and Bad Robot are looking to sell the project's rights to other platforms although nothing official has been made.
Now, the rumored star of the HBO Max project, Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù is finally breaking his silence following the cancelation of his series. Taking to Twitter, Dìrísù posted a fan-made image of Keanu returning as the Hellblazer and it seems like he has zero issues with the sequel. He wrote: "Give 'em Hell, King."
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It's unfortunate that there's a chance Dirisu's version of the character would not see the light of day but here's to hoping that Abrams and his crew will find a streaming home for the project, should the rumors surrounding it be true.
As for Keanu's return, it seems like The Matrix and John Wick star manifested his epic comeback. If you may recall, Reeves previously expressed his desire to come back as Constantine, and lo and behold, WB Discovery just granted his wish. While the 2005 film initially failed to click with audiences and critics, only making $230 million at the box office, the film has gained a cult-like following over the years.
Key details about the Constantine sequel are still being kept under wraps. Meanwhile, you can watch the original film on HBO Max.