The Sandman Release Date, Cast, Plot, And Trailer - What We Know So Far (2023)

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ByJason ConnollyANDSergio Pereira/Updated: June 24, 2022 5:28 pm EST

Ever since its release back in 1989, Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman" has been revered as one of the greatest graphic novels of all timeand is still considered by many to be Gaiman's magnum opus. The initial run of the award-winning series was critically acclaimed for its mature fantasy themes, exceptional world-building, and the excellent authorship of Gaiman himself. As such it was really only a matter of time before we'd be getting a live-action adaptation of the series — though admittedly, it's taken longer than most would have expected.

A live-action adaptation of "The Sandman" had been stewing in development hell since the late '90s before it was picked up for development in 2019 by the streaming giant Netflix (via The Hollywood Reporter). After all this time, it appears like Gaiman's seminal graphic novel will finally make its way onto the silver screen, and while this is far from Gaiman's only foray into live-action, this particular project may just be his most important one yet. Here's everything we know thus far about Netflix's upcoming series, "The Sandman."

The Sandman is set to release in August 2022

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix's "The Sandman" is set to premiere on August 5, 2022. Considering the fact that the author himself once claimed to have spent 30 years battling against bad adaptations, the fact that this series is so close to release is incredibly encouraging. The series originally entered post-production on July 23, 2021, and (inexplicably) entered post-production again on April 17, 2022. It's unclear exactly why there are currently two separate dates listed in relation to post-production for the series, though one has to hope that the former is more accurate than the latter.

PerAdobe, the average time it takes for a feature-length film to go from raw footage to the final product is around six months to a year. This includes editing, sound mixing, color correction, visual effects, and a host of other processes that need to be completed prior to the project's release. Considering the fact that the total runtime of Netflix's "The Sandman" will undoubtedly be much longer than the average film, one has to wonder how long the post-production on this series has actually taken, and (if they did indeed begin post-production again in April) whether or not the series' post-production will be completed in time for the August premiere. In any case, one has to hope the series will still manage to release on August 5 without any issues.

Who is in the cast of The Sandman?

First and foremost amongst the cast is Tom Sturridge, who plays Dream, also known as Morpheus or The Sandman. Being one of the seven Endless (beings who exceed the gods themselves in terms of power), Dream is an immensely powerful character who rules over a kingdom known as the Dreaming. Though Sturridge will serve as the lead of the series, he is far from the most well-known actor within the massive ensemble cast of "The Sandman." Some of the prominent roles in the series belong to Kirby Howell-Baptiste (who plays Death in the series and is most well known for her roles in "Killing Eve" and "The Good Place") as well as Jenna Coleman, who will play Johanna Constantine, the great-great-great-grandmother ofJohn Constantine (via Netflix).

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The series will reunite "Game of Thrones" alumni Charles Dance and Gwendoline Christie (who play occultist Roderick Burgess and Lucifer Morningstar, respectively) and will also feature the legendary Mark Hamill as the voice of Mervyn Pumpkinhead. Other notable actors within the series include David Thewlis, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Asim Chaudhry, Donna Preston, Mason Alexander Park, Niamh Walsh, Joely Richardson, Razane Jammal, Sandra James Young, Kyo Ra, Stephen Fry, and Patton Oswalt. All told, the cast of "The Sandman" is filled from top to bottom with some of the most talented and well-known actors out there, and fans ought to be overjoyed to hear that these beloved characters are in such experienced hands.

What is the plot of The Sandman?

As of right now, one has to assume that the plot of Netflix's "The Sandman" will follow the plot of Neil Gaiman's original graphic novel. At the beginning of the story, Dream (who, as previously mentioned, is one of seven incredibly powerful beings known as the Endless) is captured by an occultist named Roderick Burgess (Dance) and is held captive for over 70 years. Dream's lengthy absence wreaks havoc across the universe as a whole, and when he finally escapes, he is forced to set out on a lengthy journey to restore order and fix his past mistakes.

The description of the official date announcement trailer for "The Sandman" essentially states that the series will follow much of the same story as the graphic novel, though in this case, Dream is held captive for a full century. In addition, Gaiman himself has clarified that the first 10 episodes of the series will cover the first two volumes of the comic: "Preludes and Nocturnes," and "The Doll's House" (viaCollider). Outside of these clarifications, details about the series itself remain sparse, though the recently released trailer actually gives us a few pretty significant clues about what to expect in Netflix's "The Sandman."

The trailer for The Sandman actually reveals a lot of story

The aforementioned date announcement trailer for "The Sandman" focuses heavily on Dream and his kingdom of the Dreaming, From what we see in the trailer, it seems like Dream is released from his occult prison when two police officers shoot at him and shatter the glass walls that surround him.

From there, we watch him return to his kingdom, and discover that the Dreaming has turned into a decayed ruin in his absence. We get a brief glimpse of Death (Howell-Baptiste), Dream's loyal sister, as well as the villainous John Dee (Thewlis), the latter of whom is holding a ruby that fans will recognize as very important to the plot of the original comic. Finally, we get a brief but chilling scene of a man with bleeding eyes, who may be The Corinthian (Holbrook), a malevolent nightmare who escaped the Dreaming during his masters' absence.

Despite the fact that this first trailer is (in many ways) still just a teaser for what's to come, we are still able to extract a surprising amount of story from it. In any case, the trailer is certain to get plenty of fans excited for the upcoming series, especially since it's taken so long to see this project actually completed.

Patton Oswalt was the first person cast

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The star-studded "Sandman" cast list could even rival Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" in terms of sheer celebrity wattage. However, it took some time before the names involved in the project were revealed to the world. When they were, they arrived in a gigantic batch that had the internet chattering — for better or worse.

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Neil Gaiman wrote the casting announcements, as well as a brief description of the characters and why the chosen actors were right for the roles. Introducing Patton Oswalt as Matthew the Raven, Gaiman disclosed an interesting detail about the actor's casting, explaining how "The Sandman" team searched for someone who possessed the voice acting abilities to make the audience invested in such a peculiar character and a person who was also a fan of the comic book series. "Patton was the first person we asked, and the first person we cast," said Gaiman. "The day before we pitched 'The Sandman' to Netflix."

Why Lucifer is different from the Netflix series

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Considering "The Sandman" and "Lucifer" are both Netflix properties and based on the same character, many fans presumed that Tom Ellis would play the devilishly dapper Lord of Hell in Dream's story. However, when the casting news dropped, it was revealed that "Game of Thrones" actor Gwendoline Christie had been cast as Lucifer instead. Many people didn't understand why Ellis didn't get the role since he was exceptionally popular as Mr. Morningstar and had an established fanbase.

Answering fan questions on Tumblr, Neil Gaiman addressed the reason for Ellis' absence from the series. "The theology and cosmogony of 'Lucifer' is a long way from 'Sandman's,'" he replied. "It's inspired by 'Sandman,' but you can't easily retrofit the 'Lucifer' version to get back to 'Sandman,' if you see what I mean. It seemed easier and more fun to have the 'Sandman' version of Lucifer be, well, much closer to the 'Sandman' version of Lucifer."

Gaiman once again discussed the issue on his Twitter account, explaining how Ellis' version of the character was too different by the end of the show and far more lovable than "The Sandman" iteration. In other words, Christie's Lucifer isn't meant to be very nice or affable.

The explanation behind Johanna Constantine's inclusion

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Those who've read "The Sandman" know it plays an important role in the overall DC Universe. It isn't uncommon to see Dream and the others interacting with characters such as Batman or John Constantine. Taking into account how important Constantine is to "The Sandman" lore, many expected to see the character appearing in the series — perhaps even with Matt Ryan reprising his role as the chain-smoking Hellblazer. However, when the cast was announced, Jenna Coleman was revealed to be portraying Johanna Constantine — with no mention of John in sight.

The rowdy part of the internet got into a tangle, believing that the character had been gender swapped for "The Sandman." However, that simply isn't true. Johanna was actually a character created by Neil Gaiman (via The Sandman Fandom) as a tribute and included in the original "Sandman" comics. She is an ancestor of John and has her own intriguing backstory. In all likelihood, Netflix also probably wasn't able to secure the rights to use John Constantine in this series, since the character is tied up in other DC projects in various stages of production.

The first season will have 10 episodes

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With the original "Sandman" comic book run lasting for 75 issues, there's more than enough material to be adapted for the show. The comic has also been revived under the DC Black Label since 2020 and there are — pardon the pun — endless tangents and story threads that can be followed. The first season of "The Sandman" looks to be drawing most of its influence from the "Preludes and Nocturnes" volume, which collected the first eight issues of the comic book series and served as an introduction to the mythology.

Through a press release (via The Futon Critic), Netflix revealed that the first season of "The Sandman" will consist of 10 episodes. Undoubtedly, this allows for the first volume to be adapted in full, but since this is an adaptation and not a beat-by-beat recreation of the comics, it's likely that the show will jump around and borrow from other elements too.

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Tom Sturridge's Dream won't be whispery

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Since there have been no live-action adaptations of "The Sandman," Tom Sturridge had a blank slate to play and experiment with. Sure, there are the audiobooks that feature Dream's voice courtesy of James McAvoy, but Sturridge was still free to try and find his own interpretation of the character. He revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he tried something specific on his first day on set, but Neil Gaiman quickly jumped in and told him to stop doing it.Considering that Gaiman wrote the character, he's probably the best person to listen to and ask about all things related to "The Sandman" and Morpheus' voice.

"I growled at him once and said 'Stop being Batman,'" Gaiman said, which brought about laughter from Sturridge. "Because he was trying to get a bit whispery. Right at the very beginning." Well, that certainly would have put Christian Bale out of contention to be cast as Morpheus here.

Desire's casting happened because of Twitter

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Before Desire was even cast, there had been many suggestions about who could play Dream's rebellious sibling onscreen. Many fans drew up their dream lists of potential actors for this pivotal part, and some performers decided to shoot their shots and put their names forward as well. While Twitter might be a platform that's notorious for feeding the outrage machine and people arguing with strangers about fictional characters, it also has the ability to open doors and connect people in positive ways. Just ask Mason Alexander Park.

As revealed by Neil Gaiman in the cast announcements for "The Sandman," Park reached out through the bird app in the early stages of the casting process. They certainly must have impressed Gaiman and the casting agents, since Park got the part. Park's success is a wonderful reminder that social media doesn't need to be dreadful or antagonistic all the time; it's all about how we use it.

The casting process was long and tedious

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"The Sandman" has been a long time in the making. Much like its characters, it has gone through various shapes and forms before finally settling on a Netflix series. As soon as the decision was made on what it would be, the casting process for the show became one of the most important parts of the production process. However, this wasn't a cut-and-dry case of approaching the big-name actors they had in mind and auditioning for the rest. Boyd Holbrook revealed to Collider that he had to go through a lengthy auditioning process to secure the role of the Corinthian.

"I read the script and they were really adamant about everyone auditioning, so I went in," he said, explaining how his first audition was in early 2020. "And then I didn't hear anything until probably like September or something like that. Anyways it was a long process, and the conversation just started and they wanted to tape again and they wanted me to meet with Neil which I was really interested in doing and talking about just how the show was going to be done."

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Tom Sturridge had two main contenders to beat

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Boyd Holbrook wasn't the only one who had to endure auditioning process — Tom Sturridge is another cast member who didn't walk into the room and get offered the role on the spot. While Sturridge might have an impressive list of credits, having appeared in "The Hollow Crown," "Sweetbitter," and "Mary Shelley," he still went down a long, hard road to being cast in "The Sandman."

While many actors coveted the role of Dream, there were two legitimate contenders that Sturridge had to battle for the part. According to Collider, "Poldark" and "American Gods" actor Tom York and Colin Morgan, who appeared in "Merlin" and "Belfast," were tested for the role and under serious consideration. Since York had worked on a previous Neil Gaiman adaptation ("American Gods"), his fellow candidates for the part of Dream must have been sweating that he'd be the frontrunner. Fortunately for Sturridge, he impressed the right people and got the role in the end.

Episode 6 will be a tearjerker

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While "The Sandman" is positioned as a dark fantasy series, it does feature many thought-provoking themes, especially about the meaning of life and death. Anyone who has read the comics can attest to this. For example: In "The Sandman" #8 by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Robbie Busch, and Todd Klein, Dream and his sister Death have a discussion about why humans fear death more than they do dreams since it's merely just a part of life. It's a heart-wrenching conversation as it makes the reader question many aspects of their own life.

During a tour to discuss his career (via The Mary Sue), Gaiman revealed to the audience that Episode 6 of "The Sandman" made him cry. He explained that even though he had written the scene and knew what was going to happen, it hit him hard when he saw it replayed in live action. Perhaps Dream and Death will dive deeper into the themes that will have us all experiencing an existential crisis after watching the show.

Netflix encouraged more auditions

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The 2020 pandemic was a strange time. Not only was there uncertainty around everything happening in the world, but it also afforded millions of people more time at home. Some decided to bake banana bread and experiment on TikTok, while others developed an unhealthy obsession with Netflix's "Tiger King" series. Again, no judgement; it was a weird time for all of us.

The production of "The Sandman" was also impacted by the pandemic. Due to the travel bans and restrictions on in-person interactions, it pushed out the previous timelines and had everyone wondering what would happen next. Neil Gaiman revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Warner Bros. actually paid Tom Sturridge to not take another role and be on standby, even though it wasn't certain he would be cast as Dream. On the other hand, Netflix decided to make use of the extra time and encouraged the casting team to look at every single audition received. Gaiman explained that he must have looked at over 1,500 auditions for Dream before the decision to cast Sturridge was finally made.

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The Sandman Release Date, Cast, Plot, And Trailer - What We Know So Far? ›

The story begins in 1916, when Dream is captured and imprisoned by a group of black magic occultists. In 1988—the year Gaiman began working on the series—Dream escapes and spends the remaining issues trying to regain control of the world of Dreaming and the powers he once possessed.

What is the plot of Sandman? ›

The story begins in 1916, when Dream is captured and imprisoned by a group of black magic occultists. In 1988—the year Gaiman began working on the series—Dream escapes and spends the remaining issues trying to regain control of the world of Dreaming and the powers he once possessed.

What are the release dates for Sandman? ›

The series was developed by Gaiman, David S. Goyer, and Allan Heinberg for the streaming service Netflix and is produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. Like the comic, The Sandman tells the story of Dream/Morpheus, the titular Sandman.
The Sandman (TV series)
The Sandman
Original releaseAugust 5, 2022 – present
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Is Sandman episode 11 cast? ›

Sandra Oh, Rosie Day, David Gyasi, James McAvoy, David Tennant, Michael Sheen, and Tom Wu fill out some of the cast of the episode (as well as Tom Sturridge as a Dream version of a cat), and it is one that will truly have you questioning what your cat dreams about in their slumber.

What is the timeline in Sandman? ›

Narration boxes provided specific years as events unfolded, with Dream finally making his escape in 1988. The Netflix series also marks Dream's capture as taking place in 1916, but gives no specific dates afterward apart from a note that Ethel Cripps became Roderick Burgess' mistress in 1926.

Is Sandman a hero or villain? ›

William Baker, better known as Flint Marko and his supervillain alias the Sandman, is a character and antagonist in Marvel Comics, typically serving as an enemy of Spider-Man. He is a supervillain who can control and manipulate sand. Sandman was created by the late Stan Lee and the late Steve Ditko.

What do I need to know before watching The Sandman? ›

What do you need to know about The Sandman before watching the brand new adaptation on Netflix? The short answer is: nothing. You can go into this series completely blind. All you need is an open mind, and innate curiosity, and a love of stories.

How many episodes will Sandman have? ›

How many episodes is Sandman getting? ›

Oh, you thought that was all? The 10 episodes of The Sandman that premiered on Netflix earlier this month cover the first two volumes of the comic created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg.

How many series will Sandman have? ›

Netflix has renewed The Sandman for a second season, so expect more of Dream, Death and Lucifer on your TV screen in the not-too-distant future.

Is Sandman 10 or 11 episodes? ›

We sold an 11-episode order way back when, and you'll see that if you go back and look at some of the press,” “Sandman” showrunner Allan Heinberg, who developed the series alongside Gaiman and executive producer David Goyer, told Variety. “So I think we were a little bit like, 'Have we let the cat out of the bag?

Is Johanna Constantine related to John Constantine? ›

Lady Johanna Constantine is her own separate character. She was created by Neil Gaiman as a tribute to Alan Moore, who created John Constantine. Operating as an occult detective and adventurer in the 18th and 19th centuries, Johanna Constantine is thus John Constantine's ancestor.

What is the point of episode 11 Sandman? ›

Tired of being abused, Calliope calls on the Fates to help her seek aid from Morpheus, her ex-lover and the father of her child, Orpheus. Morpheus rescues Calliope and, to punish Madoc, curses him with an overabundance of ideas, forever preventing him from concentrating on a single story.

What is the birth order of the endless Sandman? ›

From oldest to youngest they are: Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium, who was previously known as Delight.

What year did Sandman end? ›

The Sandman (comic book)
The Sandman
GenreDark fantasy Supernatural horror Superhero
Publication dateThe Sandman (January 1989–March 1996) The Sandman: The Dream Hunters (1999) The Sandman: Overture (October 2013–November 2015)
No. of issuesThe Sandman (75) The Sandman: The Dream Hunters (4) The Sandman: Overture (6)
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How old is Ethel in Sandman? ›

They didn't have Morpheus' tools or demonic gifts to protect them. In the comics, Ethel Cripps dies at 90, and she looks her age. On the show, she would older than Alex Burgess, but she looks 60.

Who killed Morpheus Sandman? ›

By the time he returns the Kindly Ones are in the heart of the Dreaming. Morpheus summons his sister Death, who kills him.

What is The Sandman's weakness? ›

Weaknesses. Water: The Sandman's weakness that makes him most vulnerable is water. Water can soften his sand granules therefore, Sandman cannot control them and has to wait for them to dry. Heat: The Sandman is vulnerable to heat.

Who killed Uncle Ben? ›

The Burglar is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was left unnamed in most of his appearances. He is best known as the first criminal faced by Spider-Man, and as the killer of the hero's uncle and surrogate father figure Ben Parker.

Who is God in The Sandman? ›

In The Sandman, God is referred as “The Presence,” and his existence can be sensed by anyone and everyone. Also, whether God is or is not present himself, his power and domain surround others. The scene of Moses and the burning bush is similar to the portrayal of Hell present in Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes.

Is Sandman based on the Bible? ›

Based on the biblical story of the first murderer, Cain murdering his brother Abel, the two have become a kind of morbid comic relief in the comic and series.

Who is the 7th endless? ›

7 Delirium

Delirium is the youngest of the Endless, but she's still millions of years old. Occupying a chaotic realm, she serves as the personification of delirium and sanity and she can induce both in others. Delirium is depicted as a teenage girl with shifting, mismatched hair and clothing.

Is Sandman worth watching? ›

The Sandman dreams of being more than it is, but it's still pretty good. ... This ten-part series is at its best when it veers away from its lead (and often shoddy CGI) and focuses on other characters and story arcs, particularly those involving David Thewlis...

How does The Sandman end? ›

In order to save Rose, Unity asks her to give up whatever makes her the dream vortex. Rose withdraws the power from her chest, which takes the form of a ruby heart that then cracks as Unity dies peacefully in her sleep. The dream vortex dies with her, and Rose awakens with her brother, Jed, sleeping next to her.

Is John Constantine in Sandman? ›

While John Constantine is in The Sandman comics, he doesn't appear in Netflix's The Sandman. Instead, his descendant Johanna Costantine appears (and has an identical ancestor). Rather than simply a gender-swapped version of the warlock, Johanna is a character in the DC Comics, much like John.

Will there be episode 12 Sandman? ›

Neil Gaiman Says The Sandman Season 1 Is NOT Getting Another Bonus Episode. The Sandman creator Neil Gaiman confirmed that no further bonus episodes will be released for Netflix's adaptation of his popular comic series.

Is Sandman episode 11 out? ›

The Sandman dropped a bonus episode 11 on Netflix that introduces characters like Calliope who are crucial to Dream as the series continues. Netflix dropped a surprise bonus episode of The Sandman that's more important than it may first appear.

Is The Sandman only 10 episodes? ›

The Sandman will have 10 episodes, each set to tell a different story in the Sandman universe while still connecting to an overarching narrative. If the series follows Netflix's usual structure for dramas, then each episode will likely be about an hour in length.

Who is the oldest endless? ›

Destiny: The oldest of the Endless, Destiny appears as a blind man dressed in grey or brown robes (purple in earlier comics), carrying a large book, the Cosmic Log. The book is chained to him, or he is chained to the book, and within the book is written the entire sum of existence, past, present and future.

Will there be season 2 Sandman? ›

'The Sandman' Season 2: Neil Gaiman Gives an Exciting Update on New Episodes. Cameras will begin rolling this summer on the next installment in the Netflix adaptation. Netflix hit a home run with its successful comic book adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, which blew fans' minds last August.

Has Sandman ended? ›

By the end, Morpheus is back in the Dreaming. But he's grown and perhaps softened through his experiences, dialing down his haughty and imperious nature to turn Gault from a nightmare to a dream and letting the librarian take over the running of the realm.

Who is Calliope Morpheus's son? ›

Orpheus is the only son of Dream and Calliope. He is introduced in Fables and Reflections as a disembodied head.

Who is Calliope's son? ›

Mythology. Calliope had two famous sons, Orpheus and Linus, by either Apollo or King Oeagrus of Thrace. She taught Orpheus verses for singing. According to Hesiod, she was also the wisest of the Muses, as well as the most assertive.

Is Sandman episode 11 worth watching? ›

The Sandman: Season 1 was already a terrific adaptation of a beloved DC Comics series, and it's only made better by the surprise addition of an eleventh episode. While "A Dream of a Thousand Cats" loses something in the translation to animation, it's still an enjoyable take on the original comic.

Why is Constantine a female in Sandman? ›

While John Constantine is in The Sandman comics, he doesn't appear in Netflix's The Sandman. Instead, his descendant Johanna Costantine appears (and has an identical ancestor). Rather than simply a gender-swapped version of the warlock, Johanna is a character in the DC Comics, much like John.

What gender is John Constantine? ›


Who is Constantine in love with? ›

Furthermore, two other love interests of Constantine's are also mentioned in Apokolips War: Orchid and his main love interest, Zatanna.

Is Orpheus the son of Morpheus? ›

Gaiman's Orpheus is the son of Oneiros (the Dream Lord Morpheus) and the muse Calliope.

Who is Morpheus's wife in The Sandman? ›

Calliope's — the youngest muse, former wife to Morpheus and mother to Orpheus — original story is not kind to the goddess.

Was Calliope married to Morpheus? ›

There are, however, a few crucial differences — the first being that, in the show, Calliope was once Morpheus's wife, rather than just his lover. In the original comics, the two were never married.

Who is the father of the Endless? ›

Father Time is the personification of Time and rules over his domain. Time is the father to the Endless and with his partner Night, made all of Creation possible. However, in present times, Time and Night are separated and estranged from their families.

Why did delight turn into Delirium? ›

History. First incarnated as Delight, she eventually transformed into Delirium for reasons even Destiny does not understand. She is seen as a very young Delight in Endless Nights; and in Overture she is seen at the beginning of her change from Delight to Delirium.

Who is the strongest Endless sibling? ›

In The Sandman universe, Death is the most powerful Endless. The power levels of the siblings are largely related to their age. The older an Endless is, the more powerful they are. However, despite being the second-oldest Endless, Death is said to be their most powerful member.

What happened to Morpheus son? ›

It turns out that Morpheus and Calliope were close at one point, so close in fact that "she did bear his cub," as one of the Fates puts it. But the boy, named Orpheus, was "torn apart for his sacrilege." More on that later.

How old was Sandman when he died? ›

Sandman collapsed on stage on July 3, 1999 at the Giardini del Principe in Palestrina, Lazio, Italy while performing with Morphine. His death, at the age of 46, was the result of a heart attack.

Why did Morpheus and Calliope break up? ›

Calliope (Melissanthi Mahut) called out to Dream/Morpheus (Tom Sturridge) to help her escape imprisonment. We find Calliope isn't just your average, eternal muse, she is also the ex-wife of Dream. The relationship fell apart with the apparent death of their only child—Orpheus.

How old is Johanna Constantine Sandman? ›

In this, she was successful, and when she passed away at the age of 99, Dream arranged for her burial on the island of Naxos, near Orpheus' temple, which was tended daily by Orpheus's priests.

Who got Ethel pregnant in The Sandman? ›

Stealing Dream's tools

Not long after making his acquaintance, she became his mistress and eventually got pregnant, though Roderick sought to terminate her pregnancy, so Ethel fled in the dark of the night with Dream's sand pouch, helm, ruby, and the grimoire, as well as $200,000 in cash.

Who is the villain in The Sandman? ›

The character of The Corinthian serves as an antagonist and serial killer who wields the abilities of clairvoyance, supernatural vision and superior contact skills.

Why did Sandman turn evil? ›

Ultimately, Sandman's antagonistic actions were mostly the result of his fear of losing his daughter.

What is the message of The Sandman? ›

With many different important themes, such as the inevitability of change, The Sandman nonetheless has a central idea: the importance of dreams and stories.


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