As we reported earlier, Matt Ryan is confirmed to be returning to the character of John Constantine on Arrow season 4, executive producer of the series Marc Guggenheim, spoke more on the details of Constantine’s storyline at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills earlier today.
“We are super-crazy excited about this, each year on the show, we have added and expanded the mythology with different elements. In Season 2 we introduced the idea of superpowers, last year brought in the League of Assassins, and for Season 4, we always had a plan to introduce magic and mysticism,” he says, pointing to Ra’s al Ghul’s Resurrection Pit as an early taste of the otherworldy. “We were already swimming in those waters and that’s why Constantine is this great organic little development.
Unlike Thea, who wasn’t fully dead, the consequences of using the pit on someone as dead as Sara was creates some unforeseen difficulties…and John Constantine is uniquely suited to help our team deal with those.”
Guggenheim also talks on what the fans asked and confirms Matt Ryan will be wearing the same costume from the NBC television series:
“This is something the fans were clamoring for,” agrees Guggenheim, praising DC for being so “magnanimous and generous in giving us this one-time dispensation.” In addition, since two share a studio (Warner Bros.), Arrow has been able to secure not just the original actor, but his original outfits, as well. “The trench coat, the tie, the shirt…the whole wardrobe is being taken out for storage and shipped up to Vancouver.” John Badham, who was a director on Constantine, is also on board to helm the episode. “He is familiar with Constantine and Matt Ryan, so it’s a wonderful combination,” Guggenheim says.