THE SANDMAN Banner Gives Us A First Look At Donna Preston As Despair

Netflix has debuted a new promo banner for The Sandman, and it features most of the show's main characters, including Donna Preston as Dream's rather terrifying younger sister, Despair.

Netflix has shared a new promo banner for its upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, and it gives us a first glimpse of a character who has been absent from all official marketing material up until this point.

The poster features most of the show's main players, including Dream, Death, Desire, Lucifer, Lucienne, Johanna Constantine, The Corinthian, Rose Walker, John Dee and Gilbert, and on the right, we have our first look at Despair.

Played by Donna Preston (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Apocalypse Wow), Desire's twin sister is a terrifying sight to behold in the comic. It looks like the character's appearance has been humanized somewhat here, but we expect her to retain her dark demeanor.

We recently learned that Warner Bros. Discovery would have a (smaller than usual) presence at San Diego Comic-Con next month, and while most of the studio's upcoming DC movies are not expected to be showcased to any significant degree, there is a Hall H panel planned for The Sandman. Some new footage is anticipated, and Collider's Steve Weintraub has heard that the first episode may even screen for those in attendance.

The Sandman is set to premiere on August 5. Check out the new banner below, along with the recently released trailer, and let us know what you think.

"There is another world that waits for all of us when we close our eyes and sleep — a place called the Dreaming, where The Sandman, Master of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), gives shape to all of our deepest fears and fantasies. But when Dream is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for a century, his absence sets off a series of events that will change both the dreaming and waking worlds forever. To restore order, Dream must journey across different worlds and timelines to mend the mistakes he’s made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and foes, and meeting new entities — both cosmic and human — along the way."

The Sandman also stars Tom Sturridge as Dream, Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Charles Dance as black magician Roderick Burgess, and Asim Chaudhry and Sanjeeve Bhaskar as Abel and Cain. Desire will be played by Mason Alexander Park, while Joely Richardson will play Ethel Cripps, and David Thewlis will take on the role of her son John Dee, aka the deranged Dr. Destiny.

The 10-episode first season of The Sandman will adapt the first two arcs of the Vertigo comics series, "Preludes and Nocturnes" and "The Dolls House."

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