NBC's "Constantine" wraps up its 13-episode first season on Friday (February 13) with an episode titled "Waiting for the Man," which promises the return of Papa Midnite and Jim Corrigan, plus some new information about the Rising Darkness.
Although "Constantine" has struggled with low ratings in multiple time Friday periods and NBC opted not to order a back-nine, all involved parties are still referring to Friday's episode as a "season" finale and there have been more than a few [entirely unsubstantiated] rumors about steps that might be taken to keep the DC Comics adaptation around for a Season 2.
I chatted with "Constantine" star Matt Ryan on Thursday afternoon and Ryan is hopeful. Very.
"I am very, very, very hopeful," he told me. "Obviously he's such an amazing character and I feel like we've got so far to go with it. I think there's so much potential with the series, with the source material, with the character and it's something that I would really love to continue exploring. Yeah, I'm very, very hopeful. Obviously it's out of my hands. It's in the hands of the Gods, as they say, but I'm very hopeful, very, very hopeful."
Ryan isn't basing his hope on any tangible renewal negotiations, but at least he hasn't been told to abandon hope, which is the important thing.
A relative unknown to American audiences who didn't watch CBS' "Criminal Minds" spinoff, Ryan has been widely admired for moving John Constantine back in the direction of the character from the "Hellblazer" comic, rather than whoever Keanu Reeves played in the "Constantine" movie. He's given the character a nervy attitude and an often prickly edge.
In our conversation, we talked about maintaining Constantine's bastard streak, the moment Matt Ryan felt "Constantine" found its creative groove and some of the things he's hoping to see if Season 2 somehow happens.
The big takeaway from the conversation? There are a lot of things Matt Ryan would still like to explore about John Constantine.
Check out the full Q&A below before Friday's finale...