Constantine 15th Anniversary Reunion was the best thing at the Comic-Con. The best bit about it was watching Keanu Reeves talk about and reminisce about the fan-favorite movie, which was based on the ground-breaking DC/Vertigo comic book Hellblazer.
Keanu Reeves played John Constantine in the movie, a modern-day mystic on a special quest to send demons lurking on Earth back to Hell. The character of John Constantine was presented the world of DC by writer and creator Alan Moore while addressing the Swamp Thing, and he made his first show in June 1985.
This past weekend, Reeves joined the panel along with director Francis Lawrence, and producer Akiva Goldsman. One of the things they talked about the rating for the movie and how they were shooting for a PG-13 rating, but finished up getting an R rating due to the dark tone. Lawrence also said if they knew they were going to get an R-rating they would have made an R-rated movie!
They also discussed the unused sequel plans, with Lawrence saying:
“We’ve talked about it and we’ve had ideas, and I would love that, what if he woke up in a cell, he has to identify the prisoner? It was [screenwriter Frank Cabello’s] idea that [the prisoner] was Jesus. He comes up and he’s in New York. Yeah, we’ve talked about a sequel.
“We talked about sequels more than the studio… It wasn’t a knockout success or critically acclaimed at the time. Religion is a polarizing element in storytelling. I remember being at a Q&A after a screening, and somebody, I don’t remember what religion he was, he was so confused by heaven and hell and trying to get me to explain. Because, in his world view, there was no heaven and hell. So, how was he supposed to enter this world appropriately, right? And that was one of the big takeaways. The subject matter of the story was just putting people off.”
They also talk about shooting in Los Angeles, the cast, which was included Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Rachel Weisz, Djimon Hounsou, and Peter Stormare, as well as their passion of the movie, and more.