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JJ Abrams’ Justice League Dark Universe dead at HBO Max

September 19th, 2022 by Marc Comments

We were all rejoicing a couple of days ago when we learned that Keanu Reeves was returning for a Constantine sequel (here) but it seems that it will have ramifications across the DC world.

We know that in the recent Sandman series on Netflix Jenna Coleman plays Johanna Constantine because they couldn’t use John Constantine (and yes we know in the comics Johanna is John’s great grandmother but Coleman actually played both characters in the series) and we assumed it was because HBO Max and JJ Abrams were developing Constantine and Zatanna shows (here) – after all, that’s why Matt Ryan had to stop playing Constantine in the Arrowverse (here) – but it now seems that the HBO Max/Abrams venture is dead in the water because of Reeves’ return as the Hellblazer.

Matt Ryan’s John Constantine was the lynchpin holding the whole DC universe togther

Yes, the Constantine series and the planned Madame X series – both leading to a Justice League Dark series – are now scrapped at HBO Max.

However, it seems this opens the door for the shows to find a home somewhere else, somewhere that isn’t HBO Max. This is disappointing as our understanding was that the Justice League Dark universe on HBO Max would be part of the wider DCEU, meaning it existed in the same world as Man of Steel, Wonder Woman, and all the rest, however, if it moves home, we reckon that’s unlikely to be the case any longer.

It has us wondering if Keanu’s Constantine will be made part of the DCEU after all – we joked about it in our article but if WB/DC wants Constantine in the DCEU, then it’s the one way to make it happen.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….