The untimely (and repeated) cancellation of NBC’s Constantine didn’t stop the rumor mill from suggesting that Arrow Season 4 might pickup the DC demon-fighting detective for a crossover event, though rights issues seemingly tangled things up. Whatever magic spell Constantine seems to have cast has worked, as Matt Ryan will officially reprise the role in Arrow Season 4!

Where Constantine showrunner Daniel Cerone tweeted earlier in the day of a surprise for fans, The CW bosses have confirmed that ArrowSeason 4 will feature a one-shot appearance by Matt Ryan’s chain-smoking conjurer. According to reports, Constantine will appear in the fifth episode of Season 4, “Haunted,” in which the demon-fighter provides critical “critical support to Oliver (Stephen Amell) when arrows aren’t enough.”

Adds executive producer Marc Guggenheim:

We are thrilled to have Matt Ryan reprise the role of John Constantine on an upcoming episode of Arrow. Matt is an incredibly talented actor and his portrayal of this beloved character was always something we admired. The introduction of magic and mysticism on the show this season has provided a truly organic opportunity for us to bring John Constantine to Arrow and the CW’s DC universe. It will be a well-deserved tip of the hat to all the Constantine fans who were so incredibly supportive of that series.

Says Ryan himself:

Co-showrunner Wendy Mericle previously spoke to the crossover potential:

Yeah, we really want to do it. It’s something we’ve been talking to DC about and it’s just a question of some political things, but also the actor’s schedule. We’re trying to work it out, but we don’t know 100 percent if it’s going to happen … But we’re really optimistic and we would love to have him.

Stephen Amell too chimed in on the exchange, adding “fingers crossed.” The Arrow star had previously offered to put in a Constantine appearance in hopes of spurring a second season, also teasing that an Arrow crossover would likely see the demon-fighting detective brought in to consult on the Lazarus Pit, which itself became a key plot point in Season 3 and looks to factor into the Legends of Tomorrow spinoff.

Elsewhere of Arrow Season 4, we know the fourth year is expected to somewhat creatively revamp the series after its Season 3 finale saw Oliver retiring the vigilante lifestyle (at least with his current costume). In addition to a focusing on DC villains H.I.V.E. and Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), Season 4 will also introduce Rutina Wesley, Parker Young, Jeri Ryan’s Jessica Danforth, J.R. Bourne’s Double Down, Echo Kellum’s Mr. Terrific, Alexander Calvert’s Anarky, and White Canary before her Legends of Tomorrow role. Apart from Wendy Mericle’s elevation to co-showrunner alongside Marc Guggenheim, we also know that Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander will helm an episode.

Arrow Season 4 will premiere on October 7, but what should we make of Constantine‘s apparent resurrection, and its unlikely (albeit hugely exciting) crossover?

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