The Sandman is officially getting a second season, with Netflix renewing the smash hit series for more episodes earlier this week. The series, which is based on the beloved DC Vertigo comic of the same name, helped audiences fall in love with a pretty eclectic ensemble of characters — and it sounds like one fan-favorite might be returning for these new episodes. Jenna Coleman, who portrayed Johanna Constantine in Season 1 of The Sandman, took to Instagram to celebrate the Season 2 renewal, and the caption of her photo teased “To come…. #TheSandman returns 💫”
Given how beloved Coleman’s portrayal of Constantine was — and how significant the character is in the larger DC mythos — it’s a little unsurprising that she might be returning in Season 2. Granted, Constantine only sporadically appears in the text of The Sandman after the “Preludes and Nocturnes” arc that was already adapted in Season 1, so it will be interesting to see how she might factor into the story that’s next.
What is The Sandman about?
The Sandman is based on the iconic comic from Neil Gaiman and artists Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Jill Thompson, Shawn McManus, Marc Hempel, Bryan Talbot, and Michael Zulli. 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.
Season 1 of the series stars Tom Sturridge as Dream, Kirby Howell-Baptise as Death, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, Asim Chaudhry as Abel, Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain, Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, Joely Richardson as Ethel Cripps, David Thewlis as John Dee, Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, Stephen Fry as Gilbert, Patton Oswalt as the voice of Dream’s raven Matthew, and Mason Alexander Park as Desire.
“Basically, the way that it works is making something like Sandman is incredibly expensive,” Gaiman explained in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “This is not a cheap show. This is the opposite of a cheap show. This is dead expensive. And that means that in order to be renewed, we have to perform as well as everybody could possibly, possibly hope. So everybody is very hopeful. It’s all looking great. We’re certainly on track for it. But it’s all about how we do over the month after release.”
“Well, you get breadcrumbs, and much more importantly, most of the breadcrumbs that they give you are things that you can check publicly,” Gaiman continued. “I think last week, human beings on the face of this planet spent 127 million hours watching Sandman. That is an awful lot of Sandman. And the next-most-watched thing was watched for 65 million hours or whatever. So we’re doing well. We’re really doing great.”
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The first season of The Sandman is now available to stream exclusively on Netflix.