How does ‘The Sandman’ connect to Netflix’s ‘Lucifer’?

When The Sandman Premiering on Netflix this weekend, it finally brought one of Neil Gaiman’s most beloved stories to life. The first season of The Sandman adapts the first two volumes of the Gaiman comics — Preludes and Nocturnes Y the doll house — to vivid life. However, the inclusion of Gwendoline Christie’s version of Lucifer Morningstar could raise some questions among fans. Lucifer in Netflix fandom. Namely: it is The Sandmanis Lucifer, the same character played by Tom Ellis on the super popular show Lucifer?

The Sandman stars Tom Sturridge as Dream aka Morpheus who is one of the “Endless”. As his name suggests, Dream rules the world we go to when we fall asleep, which he calls The Dreaming. He is also responsible for creating the dreams and nightmares that invade our psyches. In The Sandman, we also learn that Hell is also a real realm. And it’s not ruled by one of the Endless, but by a fallen angel named Lucifer Morningstar.

Sure there have been many fictional versions of the devil, but this specific version of Lucifer seems to not only appear on Netflix. The Sandmanbut on netflix Lucifer. (Neil Gaiman has a creator credit for that show too!)

So is Gwendoline Christie supposed to play Lucifer Morningstar himself on Netflix? The Sandman which Tom Ellis played on the long-running Fox show, and later on Netflix, Lucifer? Let’s break this down…

Side by side of Lesley-Ann Brandt as Mazikeen in Lucifer and Cassie Clare as Mazikeen in The Sandman
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Technically… yes. In fact? It’s not complicated.

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The Sandman Season 1 is a fairly faithful adaptation of the first two volumes of the Neil Gaiman comic. The Sandman. After being imprisoned for a hundred years, Dream must retrieve his three power totems. He learns that his helm is now in the possession of a demon in hell. Ergo, he travels to hell and has to face Lucifer to retrieve the helmet from him. The dream wins, which is great for The Sandman because the story can continue. It’s bad for hell. and Lucifer.

The final moments of The Sandman Season 1 sees Lucifer vowing revenge by doing something no one sees coming. In future installments of Gaiman’s The Sandman, Lucifer stops ruling Hell, forcing Dream to handle his bureaucratic mess. Lucifer decides to live life on Earth, with his best friend/right-hand man Mazikeen along for the ride. Eventually, DC published a cleverly titled Adventures of Lucifer spin-off. Lucifer.

The series Lucifer, starring Tom Ellis as a kinder, gentler, more sympathetic version of Lucifer Morningstar, is loosely based on this spin-off comic from The Sandman. Which means that technically the program Lucifer It is exactly the same character that Gwendoline Christie plays on Netflix The Sandman. However, beyond the tenuous connections to the comics’ source material, Lucifer the show is not connected to Netflix The Sandman. Although the two actresses played Mazikeen, Lesley-Ann Brandt in Lucifer and Cassie Clare in The Sandman – They look a bit alike, don’t they? (I mean Clare’s version has half a face, but they’re both beautiful women sporting those braids.)

The good news, however, is that both The Sandman Y Lucifer are available to stream on Netflix.

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