Keanu Reeves’ return in Constantine 2 has been officially confirmed by Warner Bros. after years of holding out hope. In the first movie, Reeves played John Constantine, a warlock from DC Comics who looks into paranormal happenings and a larger plot to bring Lucifer’s son into the world. The Constantine cast also featured Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale, and Peter Stormare in addition to Reeves.
Despite receiving mixed reviews at the time, the original Constantine film has become a cult favorite, with some praising Reeves’ approach to the role, even if he didn’t have the same visual appearance or British accent as the comic book character. With this cult following, some have hoped for a Constantine 2, including Reeves, who previously stated that he had tried and failed multiple times to get a sequel off the ground. Despite those setbacks, the future appears to be bright for Reeves’ Constantine fans.
Over 17 years after the first movie hit theaters, Deadline has learned that Keanu Reeves’ Constantine 2 return has been formally confirmed by Warner Bros. Along with Reeves, Francis Lawrence, who directed the first film, will return to direct the eagerly anticipated sequel, which will have a script by Akiva Goldsman. Along with J.J. Abrams for Bad Robot and Hannah Minghella, Goldsman will also produce under his Weed Road Pictures label.
Reeves’ return for Constantine 2 has been confirmed, two years after Peter Stormare, who played Lucifer in the first movie, posted on social media that a sequel was formally in the works. It also occurs at a time when John Constantine had a number of significant paths back to the big screen, including reported plans for a Constantine TV reboot at HBO Max produced by J.J. Abrams, which were abandoned in favor of the new film and were reportedly eyeing an early 2023 filming start date, and Netflix’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comics, in which John Constantine was swapped out for Johanna played by Jenna Coleman. It should be exciting to learn that Reeves will be reprising his role as Constantine because he has remained excited about playing the character in a sequel.
It will be intriguing to see if the team behind Keanu Reeves’ Constantine 2 sequel tries to hew closer to the comics in terms of appearance for the titular character or keeps the look from the first movie. The sequel’s potential use of the post-credits stinger in which Shia LaBeouf’s Chas turns into an angel and visits Constantine at his own grave will be another intriguing plot development. Viewers can watch the first Constantine again on HBO Max right now while they wait for more information about the upcoming movie.