Fourteen years after his first big-screen incarnation, DC's John Constantine is being considered for the reboot treatment. Back in 2005, Keanu Reeves played the dammed demon hunter (much to fans dismay) in Francis Lawrence's adaptation. However, a $100 million budget and global takings of $230 million prevented Constatine from becoming a franchise.
Over the years, the film has garnered a cult following, and the character is alive and well on DC's Legends of Tomorrow, as played by Matt Ryan after his solo series was abruptly axed back in 2015. According to We Got This Covered, Mattson Tomlin (co-writer of The Batman) is working on the script that could bring Reeves back as the titular character. Earlier this year Reeves commented that he would be interested in revisiting Constantine;
"I've always wanted to play John Constantine again. I just love that world, too, and I love that character. I just had a blast playing a character and (playing) in that world."
As a straight-up adaptation of the source material (Hellblazer), Constantine the movie fell woefully short. On the flip side, as a fun, visually rich, knock-around supernatural thriller, the Reeves led film is by no means a car crash. I'm not campaigning Constantine as a masterpiece, parts of it are a hot mess, but it's not the worst adaptation of a DC comic book character. The idea of a reboot doesn't entirely match up with bringing Reeves back, even if it goes with hard R-rating and a more fan-friendly take, Reeves' involvement would make it a sequel.
It is worth noting that nothing has been confirmed by Warner Bros, that said, We Got This Covered has an excellent track record with breaking news and is a highly credible source, so even if Reeves reprising the role turns out to be speculation, a reboot is definitely on the table. The success of Joker has proved audiences will turn out for character-driven stories from the comic book world, and an R-rating posses no threat to the box office. Constantine deserves another shot at the big screen, and as Guillermo del Toro's Justice League Dark isn't happening, a solo movie to reintroduce Constantine is a consolation prize I'm happy to accept.