Okay, first? Based on early reviews coming in this morning, Netflix’s The Sandman adaptation from creator, EP & co-writer Neil Gaiman (Good Omens); EP, co-writer & showrunner Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman); and EP & co-writer David S. Goyer (Foundation) is scoring with critics in a very big way. And one person who’s been making sure all of social media knows this is Gaiman, who has been sharing and commenting on all of the “review love” that’s been coming the streaming series’ way. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t have a moment to address another question regarding Jenna Coleman‘s Johanna Constantine. In a tweet directed at the author, Gaiman was asked if he spoke with Alan Moore about changing John Constantine’s gender for the adaptation. FYI: Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Veitchand John Totleben created the character, who first appeared in Swamp Thing #37 (June 1985). Coleman’s Johanna Constantine is based on both the original character and Lady Johanna Constantine, who was introduced in Gaiman’s comic book series (more on all of that in a minute).
“I don’t believe Alan has any interest in John Constantine any longer,” Gaiman responded. “But I talked to some of the other creators of the character, yes, and they loved the idea of a new Constantine for 2022 based on the original Lady Joanna.” Here’s a look at Gaiman’s tweet responding to the question about Johanna Constantine and if he spoke with Moore prior
Now here’s a look back at what else Gaiman had to share about Coleman’s Johanna Constantine, with an extra surprise at the end: a sneak preview focusing on Constantine and Dream (Tom Sturridge) initially meeting in modern times:
Now here’s a look behind the scenes at how the streaming series made the leap from the page to the screen:
In this first clip from the series (Episode 4), Dream (Tom Sturridge) heads to Hell to retrieve his stolen Helmet of Dreams from one of the demons of Lucifer (and make sure to keep a watch on some familiar faces showing up in this scene, too). Following that, a scene from Episode 6 finds Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) coming to claim an elderly violist:
With the series currently streaming, here’s the official trailer for Netflix’s The Sandman:
A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama, and legend are seamlessly interwoven, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.
Stemming from Warner Bros. TV, Netflix’s The Sandman stars Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Jenna Coleman, Niamh Walsh, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Kyo Ra, Stephen Fry, Razane Jammal, Sandra James Young, Patton Oswaltand Mark Hamill.