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Constantine Reboot Actor Reacts To HBO Max Cancelation

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On the heels of it being scrapped, Constantine reboot actor Sope Dirisu shares his reaction to the HBO Max show's cancelation. Created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, John Totleben, Jamie Delano, and John Ridgway, John Constantine has made his way to the screen in a variety of projects over the years, beginning with the Keanu Reeves-led Constantine movie. More recently, Matt Ryan portrayed the character in a short-lived solo series for NBC before making his way to the Arrowverse, bringing his run as the character to a close in Legends of Tomorrow season 6, though still voicing Constantine in multiple animated films.

With no solo project for the character having been in production, HBO Max began developing a Constantine reboot show with J.J. Abrams producing as part of his planned Justice League Dark universe for the streaming platform. The series, which was moving forward under the working title "Chimney", was reportedly eyeing an early 2023 filming start date with the casting search focused on a British Black male to play the titular character, with His House's Sope Dirisu having entered talks to star. Following the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, HBO Max has undergone a major restructuring, resulting in the cancelation and scrapping of multiple projects, and now one star is sharing their thoughts on the latest news.

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After over a year of sitting in development, this week brought news that HBO Max's Constantine reboot had been scrapped in favor of Keanu Reeves' Constantine 2. Sope Dirisu, who had been in talks to take over as the DC hero, subsequently took to Twitter to react to the news, sharing a piece of fan art imagining an updated Reeves Constantine and wishing him luck in his return. Check out Dirisu's respectful reaction below:

News of Reeves' Constantine 2 being confirmed, complete with original director Francis Lawrence back at the helm, has been met with a divided response among audiences. Those who have praised the film since its initial release, and those who have joined the original movie's cult following over the years, were largely excited about the announcement of Reeves finally getting the sequel he had long been hoping for. Others, however, have expressed their disappointment and confusion at Constantine 2's development, believing it to have been too long since the original film came out and citing its initial mixed reception as questionable, especially in the wake of the Batgirl movie's cancelation.

Whichever side one finds themselves on, Sope Dirisu's reaction to the HBO Max Constantine reboot being canceled in favor of Keanu Reeves' Constantine 2 is a largely respectful one, sharing his support for the John Wick star to take back up the mantle. With the sequel movie also bringing with it the cancelation of the Madame X show, it will be interesting to see whether Abrams' planned Justice League Dark universe is still moving forward at HBO Max, or if WBD will try and pivot Reeves' return to being part of the DC Extended Universe. While audiences await further details on Constantine 2, they can revisit Reeves' original movie streaming on HBO Max now.

Source: Sope Dirisu/Twitter

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