Character Type: Primary
Summary: A bisexual anti-hero who specializes in the supernatural and magical aspects of the DC Universe. A staple of DC comics who regularly crosses paths with other heroes such as Wonder Woman and Madame Xanadu, Constantine has also headlined his own comics series, high-budget movies, and a critically-acclaimed but ratings-challenged television show. He has entered into relationships with many other high profile magicians but they never seem to work out because magic always comes at a price.
Database Links: Wikipedia, DC Wiki, DC Comics
Important Issues: Constantine establishes his sexuality in Hellblazer #51 when he refers to having ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfiriends.
Self-proclaimed "accomplished warlock," expert exorcist, and generally sarcastic Brit John Constantine has had a rocky path to coming out—not necessarily within his demon-filled world, but in our world, the world of publishing and TV production and way too many straight people saying, "Maybe later." (Read more)
S.E. Fleenor, "John Constantine's Long Journey to Being Out," SYFY Wire, February 11, 2019.
In an age where gay comic characters are revealed to the world in big, shock moments — and especially in a world where so very recently Constantine’s bisexuality was chosen not to be included in his (sadly short-lived) TV show — it’s cool to see a rarely-hinted at aspect of the character not just appear, but also be treated with a sense of normalcy. It’s not a major reveal or something a big fuss is made of, it’s just... there, and just another facet to a multifaceted character like Constantine. (Read more)
James Whitbrook," The new Constantine comic is way more comfortable with his bisexuality," io9, June 11, 2015.
But this trope of heroic self-revelation is alluring because it romanticizes the idea of an authentic, clearly defined, hidden self. It is, in a way, a coming-out metaphor—one that suggests a hero’s ultimate goal should be to uncover and better understand who he or she really is... From the moment he steps foot on the Legends’ time-travel ship known as the Waverider in “Daddy Darhkest,” the warlock sweet-talks both men and women of different backgrounds, sexual preferences, and, yes, relationship statuses. When he first introduces himself, Constantine hits on both Leonard “Leo” Snart, a gay hero from another Earth, and Vixen, a woman from the past who can harness the spirits of animals. Constantine also has eyes for the team’s leader, Sara Lance, a.k.a. the White Canary, a bisexual assassin whose romantic history includes, across multiple timelines, a variety of men and women. (Read more)