Keanu Reeves’ Constantine 2 Return Confirmed With Original Director


After years of holding out hope to return, Constantine 2 with Keanu Reeves returning has officially been confirmed by Warner Bros. Reeves starred in the original film as John Constantine, the DC Comics warlock who investigates supernatural ongoings, including a larger conspiracy to bring Lucifer’s son to the world. Alongside Reeves, the cast for Constantine included Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale and Peter Stormare.

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Though receiving mixed reviews at the time, the original Constantine movie has become a cult favorite, with some sharing their appreciation for Reeves’ approach to the role, even if he didn’t have the same visual look or British accent of the comic book character. With this cult following, some have held out hope for a potential Constantine 2, including Reeves himself, who previously said he had tried and failed multiple times to get a sequel off the ground. Despite those prior failures, it looks like the future is bright for Reeves’ Constantine fans.

Deadline has brought word that Keanu Reeves’ Constantine 2 return has officially been confirmed by Warner Bros. over 17 years after the first film hit theaters. In addition to Reeves, the long-awaited sequel will also see original movie director Francis Lawrence back at the helm with a script from Akiva Goldsman. Goldsman will also produce via his Weed Road Pictures banner alongside J.J. Abrams for Bad Robot and Hannah Minghella.

Confirmation of Reeves’ Constantine 2 return comes two years after Peter Stormare, who played Lucifer in the original film, indicated on his social media that a sequel was officially moving forward. It also comes at a time in which the character had a number of major paths back to the screen, including reported plans for a Constantine TV reboot at HBO Max produced by Abrams, which was reportedly eyeing an early 2023 filming start date before being scrapped in favor of the new movie, and Netflix’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comics, in which they swapped John Constantine for Jenna Coleman’s Johanna. Given Reeves has remained determined to return as Constantine for a sequel, it should come as exciting news that he will be stepping back into the shoes of the character.

With nearly 20 years gone since the original, it will be interesting to see if Keanu Reeves’ Constantine 2 return will see the team attempt to hew closer to the comics in appearance for the titular character or retain the look from the first film. It will also be interesting to see what plot threads from the original film are picked up in the sequel, including its post-credits stinger of Shia LaBeouf’s Chas becoming an angel and visiting Constantine at his own grave. While audiences await further details on the new film, they can revisit the original Constantine streaming on HBO Max now.

Source: Deadline

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