Sandman creator Neil Gaiman explains John Constantine’s absence from Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of the popular comic Vertigo.
Neil Gaiman explained John Constantine’s absence from Netflix’s upcoming TV adaptation of The sand man.
The Sand seller In a television series, Jenna Coleman will play the role of Lady Johanna Constantine, an ancestor of John Constantine from the Sand seller comics. Coleman will also play Joanna Constantine, the modern equivalent of Lady Johanna (and presumably another descendant of her own).
At Twitter, a fan asked Gaiman if this change was due to John Constantine’s involvement in The CW’s Arrowverse shows and his planned involvement in HBO Max’s DC programming. Gaiman responded, stating that while the Hellblazer’s other on-screen exploits would certainly have made it difficult to lock the character down for The sand man, the plan for the Netflix series was to always have the same star actor as Johanna and Joanna Constantine.
The rights situation with John is certainly limited at the moment. But the plan for Lady Johanna and Joanna to be in the story and played by the same person was there from the start. It seemed more orderly. So it worked.
– Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) September 26, 2021
“The rights situation with John is certainly limited right now,” Gaiman wrote. “But the plan for Lady Johanna and Joanna to be in the story and played by the same person was there from the start. It felt more orderly. So it worked.”
Created by Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, Rick Veitch and John Totleben, the character of John Constantine first appeared in The Swamp Thing Saga # 37, cover dated June 1985. John later got his own title Vertigo Comics, John Constantine, Hellblazer, which was launched in January 1988 with writer Jamie Delano and artist John Ridgway at the helm.
John has since made his way into the live-action world on several occasions. Keanu Reeves played a heavily modified version of the Hellblazer in the 2005 film Constantine. Matt Ryan continued to play a sharper version of the comic on the NBC series Constantine, which premiered in 2014. While NBC Constantine Lasted only one season, Ryan’s version of the main character was given a second life thanks to the Arrowverse. Plans call for the character to get a live-action reboot in the near future, with HBO Max apparently developing both a Dark Justice League series and a Constantine solo series.
The first season of Netflix Sand seller the series will adapt the first story arc of the comic book, Preludes & Nocturnes. John Constantine played an important role in this arc, appearing in March 1989 Sand seller # 3, “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, to help Dream of the Endless locate its missing sand pocket – the first of three artifacts Dream must recover to regain its full power.
Lady Johanna Constantine entered the scene a little later. Created by Gaiman and Michael Zulli, the character first appeared in Sand seller # 13, “Men of Good Fortune”, which was released in February 1990 as part of the title’s second story arc, The doll house. Lady Johanna was the former owner of Fawny Rig, the mansion which eventually became the possession of a certain Roderick Burgess. Burgess used the house as the base of operations for the Order of the Ancient Mysteries, the occult group having imprisoned Dream for several decades, as recounted Sand seller # 1.
In addition to Jenna Coleman as Johanna and Joanna Constantine, Netflix The sand man stars Tom Sturridge in Dream, Gwendoline Christie in Lucifer, Vivienne Acheampong in Lucienne, Boyd Holbrook in the Corinthian, Kirby Howell-Baptiste in Death, Mason Alexander Park in Desire and Charles Dance in Roderick Burgess, among others. The series does not have a premiere date, but is expected to arrive sometime in 2022.
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