The Sandman continues to do well on Netflix with critics and audiences alike, and its placement in the top 10 seems to indicate that a lot of people are watching it. I said yesterday that a second season seems almost a given with this kind of performance, even for the unpredictable Netflix, but now we might be talking about a level beyond that.
A common thought being passed around, and one amplified by Neil Gaiman himself, is that The Sandman could work well with a spin-off for a specific character.
That would be Johanna Constantine, played by Doctor Who veteran Jenna Coleman, who appears in a few episodes of the show but is the featured player in episode 3 and is a prominent member of the stacked cast. and even Neil Gaimanwho was hesitant about any Sandman adaptation for decades until this one, supports the idea, when brought up by a fan:
There seems to be some confusion among some viewers as to who Johanna Constantine actually is, with some saying she’s a “gender-swapped recast” of the better-known John Constantine, but that’s not true, it’s actually her ancestor. However, the show makes this a bit more confusing when he is given things as part of the story of John’s Astra.
Elsewhere in the DC Universe, Matt Ryan has been playing John Constantine for years, first on his own show, then in the broader Arrowverse, including a long stint on Legends of Tomorrow. He will even survive the pending death of the Arrowverse, as he voices Constantine in season 3 of Harley Quinn.
It remains somewhat murky whether a Johanna Constantine spinoff would be possible with whatever deal Netflix has with WB to make Sandman in the first place. Obviously, Sandman hasn’t even been renewed for season 2 yet, so it sounds like he might be a little ahead of things, but if Netflix does it they want to build on what appears to be a successful and popular hit, perhaps expanding the “Sandman Universe” is something they’re going to pursue.
I wonder if Netflix’s desire to invest heavily in Sandman may be tempered by the fact that this it is a WB production, as Netflix has generally shied away from big projects that it doesn’t fully own. That said, a hit is a hit, and they may not want to waste it, even if it’s something that’s technically on loan from the WB and DC. We’ll see what that means for season 2 and any potential spin-offs to come. For now, we’ll just wait and see how Season 1 fares over the course of its first month.
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