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SDCC 2022 Interview: The Sandman | Screen Rant

For fans of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed DC Comics saga, Netflix’s The Sandman is a literal dream come true. Gaiman serves as executive producer of The Sandman along with Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel), bringing to life the dark supernatural fantasy about Dream of the Endless (Tom Sturridge), the master of the dreaming realm.

Season 1 of Netflix’s The Sandman adapts the first two volumes of Gaiman’s graphic novels, Preludes and Nocturnes and The Doll’s House. The Sandman premiered its full trailer at San Diego Comic Con 2022 during its Hall H panel, and hopes are high that it will be a big enough hit on Netflix to allow the rest of the story to be adapted into future seasons so that Dream’s complete story can be told.

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Screen Rant had the opportunity to interview the cast, including Tom Sturridge (Dream), Jenna Coleman (Johanna Constantine), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Death), Boyd Holbrook (The Corinthian), Mason Alexander Park (Desire), and Vanesu Samunyai (Rose Walker). See The Sandman videos below and read selected quotes from the interviews!

You are Dream of the Endless. What is the best part of playing the Master of Dreams?

Dream, of course, is an anthropomorphic personification. How did you find a way into making that character human and finding the humanity in him?

You’re no stranger to fantasy franchises, with Doctor Who. What is the best part of being part of Neil Gaiman’s universe?

You play Johanna Constantine. Other than gender and pronunciation, how is Johanna different from John Constantine?

You play The Corinthian. The character is familiar to those who’ve read the comics but how would you describe him?

The Corinthian has an iconic look: He has teeth for eyes. How did you do that? How was that filmed?

You are Death. Is Death a dream role for you? (See what I did there?)

You and Tom Sturridge play brother and sister. How did you find Dream and Death’s sibling dynamic? It’s so lovely on screen.

In the comics, Lucien is one of my favorite characters. You play Lucienne. How did you make the character your own?

Lucienne is very loyal to Dream, but he can be a tough boss. Sometimes a terrible boss. Can you talk a bit about Lucienne’s relationship to Dream, and how they change throughout the episodes?

You play Desire. Is being Desire as much fun as it looks? It seems like you have the best time.

You are part of the Endless, a large family of supernatural anthropomorphic personifications. Dream and Death have a very close relationship that we see in episode 6. But you are kind of the opposite of that. What is Desire’s problem with Dream?

How would you describe the character of Rose Walker, who’s such an important character in the comics?

Is there a particular moment or episode that you’re really excited for everyone to see?

The Cereal Convention, of course.

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.

Check out our other SDCC 2022 interviews with the casts of Dungeons & Dragons and Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power as well.

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The Sandman premieres August 5 on Netflix.

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