Profile icons based on The Sandman are coming to Netflix and co-creator Neil Gaiman can’t figure out which one to use.
Following the confirmation that The Sandman will return for Season 2, Gaiman took to his personal Twitter to share the smaller yet still exciting news. “You dared to Dream (and, y’know, kept asking me when and whether they were going to show up). And it’s happening!” enthused the author. “The Sandman profile icons are coming to Netflix! Let joy be unconfined!” He concluded the announcement with humorous back and forth with himself as he attempted to decide which character he’ll use, torn between Matthew and Goldie.
The specific characters that will be available to subscribers include Death, Desire, Matthew, Goldie, Lucienne, Lucifer, Johanna Constantine and the titular Lord of the Dreaming himself, Morpheus. At the time of writing, it’s currently unknown whether Netflix plans on expanding this roster for portraits of different characters. Netflix has also yet to confirm a release date for the profile icons.
What’s in Store for Morpheus in Season 2?
Gaiman pleased audiences of The Sandman around the world following the recent announcement that the series had been picked up for a second season. Many fans were growing concerned about the long wait time given that Netflix historically renews series relatively quickly if they prove to be a success. Gaiman himself stated that viewers’ watching habits were having an effect on the renewal process since many opted to space out the episodes rather than binging the whole show in a single sitting.
The creative team behind The Sandman has already been forming ideas for the second installment. Executive producer David S. Goyer stated that writing Season 2 was proving to be a simpler affair since many of the essential world-building elements have already been established. “We’ve shown how the dreaming life can affect the waking world,” Goyer said. “With that groundwork done, the show can now build on those themes. They’re more like jazz, where you get to plan variations, and we get to stretch our wings a bit more.”
The Sandman proved to be a massive success for Netflix, topping the platform’s most-watched chart and earning plenty of praise from fans and critics alike. Many reviews spotlighted the series’ commitment to respecting the source material which, despite making several changes, felt authentic. Others lauded the show’s ensemble cast who successfully captured the nuance of Gaiman’s complex world and characters.
The Sandman Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix. Season 2 does not yet have a release date.