Matt Ryan Might Be Hanging up the Coat as John Constantine in ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ but It’s Not a Complete Goodbye
SPOILER ALERT!!! The following article contains spoilers from the August 29, 2021 airing of DC's Legends Of Tomorrow's episode 'There Will Be Brood.'
The enigmatic John Constantine has finally hung his iconic trench coat after seven years' worth of adventures in DC's TV universe, better known as the Arrowverse.
Matt Ryan's "trench-coat wearing nasty piece of work" died in the August 29, 2021 installment of the Arrowverse spinoff series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, after his deal with Raffi Barsoumian's character went sour.
Rounding up the events of the ongoing season thus far, Bishop had given Constantine his word that he would create a serum that would trick the Fountain of Imperium, which was apparently an alien charged with protecting Earth from invasive alien species, into deeming Ryan's character worthy of drinking from it.
As evident from the most recent episode, Bishop double-crossed the time traveler and laced the serum with a deadly poison that would ultimately kill him.
In his final moments, Constantine was seen sharing an emotional farewell with Olivia Swann's Astra and Tala Ashe's Zari 2.0 before the fountain finally absorbed him.
Not Matt Ryan's Last Season
Fans of the character might mourn Constantine's fateful demise. However, if it is only Ryan they adore, they need not worry as the actor will put on a different persona for the upcoming season seven of DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
During a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2021, it was revealed that Ryan would be returning as a brand new character named Dr. Gwyn Davies. His new character description paints him out as "an eccentric scientist from the early 20th century who may prove to be a pivotal ally for the chaotic time-travelers."
Although Ryan loved playing the iconic character in both the NBC series Constantine and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, he told Entertainment Weekly that it was time to hang the coat.
Matt Ryan Was Happy with the Farewell
Ryan shared that the show had explored all that it could with his character, aside from letting him go off on his own adventures again. He added,
It didn't feel like, 'Oh bummer, man, they pulled it away from me' or anything like that. It was just like, 'This feels right to put John to bed.'
He added that he was happy with the way that the writers prepared Constantine's sendoff. He recalled a scene from episode thirteen where his character was beating a version of himself bloody.
"I almost felt like I was back on the original show in the way that we filmed it and the blood and everything. I think the writers just did such a great job with that," he said.
Still, the actor did not rule out all possibilities of him putting the trench coat back on. Ryan told TVLine he was open to the idea of doing a crossover episode sometime in the distant future when the studio needs "multiverse John" to come back.
He imagined himself reprising the role as a man in his eighties, with a walking stick and a cigarette.