Much like how the CW swooped in and saved Supergirl from peril, the network is reviving NBC’s defunct Constantine as an animated series.
CW president Mark Pedowitz made the announcement at the Television Critics Association conference this morning, adding that executive producer extraordinaire, Greg Berlanti, would be overseeing the project. Matt Ryan, who starred as the exorcist-turned-occult-detective John Constantine in the original NBC series, will be returning to voice the character.
The show isn’t returning in its full capacity, however. The network confirmed it would be available to watch on CW Seed as five or six 10-minute episodes. On top of the new animated series, the CW is also making the first 13-episode season from NBC available to stream on the service.
Although Ryan previously appeared in a fourth season episode of Arrow following the cancellation of Constantine, Pedowitz said the network didn’t have any plans at this time to bring the character into the main DC universe as part of a crossover event or cameo.
Constantine is the latest DC project to be picked up by the network, but it’s not the first. Last year, the CW announced that it would air Supergirl, which previously appeared on its parent company’s channel, CBS. Like Supergirl, Constantine will be overseen by Berlanti, the man in charge of all DC series on the network.
Constantine will premiere either later this fall or early next winter as part of the 2017/2018 season.