THE SANDMAN Still Recreates Fan-Favorite Comic Moment; Kirby Howell-Baptiste Talks Death's "Caring" Side

EW has debuted some new promo stills for Netflix's upcoming adaptation of The Sandman, while Death actress Kirby Howell-Baptiste previews her "nurturing, caring" take on Morpheus' big sister...


Netflix's small-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's classic DC Vertigo comic series, The Sandman, is set to premiere on the streamer in just over two weeks, and EW has now shared a pair of new promo stills for the show.

The first gives us another look at Dream (Tom Sturridge) donning his helm of office, and the second recreates a fan-favorite moment from issue #8, "The Sound of Her Wings."

In the comic and the series, this marks our first encounter with Dream's big sister, Death, as she drops by to see her forlorn brother while he feeds the pigeons on a park bench. Like the rest of The Endless, Death is not to be messed with, but this take on the character is a far cry from the usual depictions of the Grim Reaper.

"Most of the time when we see a representation of Death, it's so focused on the end," actress Kirby Howell-Baptiste explains. "But this character says, 'I was there in the beginning, and I'll be there in the end.' Death is born of life. I think there's something very beautiful and cyclical about her position in the world, because it's so much about the full journey that she is there for. That lends itself to a more feminine energy — there is this much more nurturing, caring side to Death than we've ever seen before."

Check out both images at the link below.

We recently learned that Warner Bros. Discovery will have a (smaller than usual) presence at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, 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.

"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 Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Charles Dance as black magician Roderick Burgess, and Sanjeeve Bhaskar as Cain. Joely Richardson will play Ethel Cripps, while 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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