After confusion and now-deleted Tweets that seemed to confirm the fate of The Sandman, Netflix now has officially announced the show will come back for a second season.
Despite some deleted tweets and confusing reporting, Netflix has renewed The Sandman for a second season. The news was first revealed by DC Comics’ official Twitter account in a post that was later deleted without explanation. But since nothing is ever really gone once posted, several screenshots of the tweet made their way across social media.
A little while later, DC Comics retweeted a post from Netflix’s official account for The Sandman, which confirmed the renewal and wasn’t deleted. “Yes, it’s true: The Sandman will return to Netflix,” the post said. The caption included a mini statement from creator, Neil Gaiman saying some astonishing stories are waiting for Morpheus and the rest of them.
“Now it’s time to get back to work,” the post continued. “There’s a family meal ahead, after all. And Lucifer is waiting for Morpheus to return to Hell.”
The text was accompanied by a 30-second video that said “the dream continues” while focusing on the Helm. In the Netflix series, the artifact served as a symbol of The Sandman’s authority, power, and protection when traveling to other realms.
Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television Netflix’s The Sandman was developed by Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer, and Allan Heinberg. Like the comic book, the series tells the story of Morpheus – the personification of dreams and one of The Seven Endless – who is captured in a 1916 occult ritual. After being held captive for over a century, Dream escapes and sets out to restore order to The Dreaming realm.
The Netflix series stars Tom Sturridge as Morpheus/The Sandman, alongside Boyd Holbrook as Corinthian, Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, and Patton Oswalt as the voice of Matthew the Raven. It also features David Thewlis as John Dee, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar, Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death.
Following its premiere on August 5th, the Netflix series received mostly positive reviews from critics who praised the casting, performances, production design, costumes, faithfulness to The Sandman source material, and visual effects. The series was watched for 69.5 million hours in its first week, with the numbers doubling in its second to 127.5 million. It went on to score 77.2 million and 53.8 million in its third and fourth weeks respectively, Deadline reports.
The first season of the Netflix hit series consisted of ten episodes, based on stories directly from The Sandman comics. A surprise two-part eleventh episode was released two weeks after the season ended and featured popular stories from Neil Gaiman’s graphic novels like A Dream of A Thousand Cats and Calliope. The bonus episodes also included guest appearances by Sandra Oh, James McAvoy, David Tennant, and Michael Sheen.
For all its success, there is a group of detractors who consistently claim that Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman is just too “woke.” Speaking to Times Radio, Neil Gaiman reaffirmed that his classic comic book has always been “woke.” And if he had his way the word, which is often used as an insult, would be replaced with “treating other people with respect.”
“When people accuse me of being “woke” for stuff I wrote 35 years ago, well, yes,” Gaiman explained. He went on to explain that being mindful of other people isn’t political correctness gone mad. That’s just treating other people with respect. Meanwhile, there is currently no release date for Netflix’s second season of The Sandman.