Is Sandman part of the DC Universe superhero? Comics have the answer
Is Sandman part of the DC Universe?
The show, based on the cult favorite comic book written by Neil Gaiman, will premiere August 3 on Netflix, and whether or how it can tie into any of the other current film and movie adaptations of DC may be running through your mind. .
While we can’t say for sure if the Netflix show will have any larger DC connections, the comics have an answer to whether Sandman and his characters are part of the larger DC Universe.
The short answer is “Yes, but…”, and as you might guess, the long answer isn’t that simple.
Sandman in the DC Universe
When Sandman was first conceived, the story’s main character was originally intended to be an update of a former DC hero with the same name, a kind of legacy character. But after some creative changes, Morpheus (AKA the eponymous Sandman) was created with a whole new mythology to go with it.
But by the time Sandman #1 debuts (opens in a new tab) in 1989, the title was still a solid part of the DC Universe proper – albeit in a faraway little corner of its own. The title’s first arc even included a somewhat humorous appearance from the then-Justice League, with Morpheus appearing to J’onn J’onzz as the Martian God of Dreams.
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Other DC references dotted Sandman’s early years, with the characters of Lyta and Hector Hall (AKA the superheroes Fury and Silver Scarab) eventually coming to play key supporting roles in the title.
Likewise, some of the other characters such as Destiny of the Endless, Cain and Abel of the House of Mystery, and a few others had roots in long-dead titles and stories from the DC Universe. And, of course, John Dee, aka Dr. Destiny, the villain of one of the most memorable stories in Sandman’s first arc, is an old enemy of the Justice League.
But in 1993, things changed with the introduction of DC’s now dormant Vertigo line of comics.
Launched in 1993, DC’s Vertigo line of comics was intended as the publisher’s new de facto home of titles that featured more mature “R-rated” content – including its flagship title trio, Swamp Thing. (opens in a new tab)hellblazer (opens in a new tab)and Sandman, all of which were long-running series previously released under DC’s mainline banner.
Sandman switches to Vertigo
With the move to Vertigo, Sandman and his characters, including Lyta and Hector Hall, broke away from the DC core universe (although they have also occasionally appeared in somewhat alternate versions of the universe central DC).
This gave Sandman even more freedom as a title to delve into mature themes and explore an entire universe of its own, which expanded with spin-off titles for Sandman’s incarnations of Death and Lucifer (the version of the character that was later adapted for the television show of the same name).
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Interestingly enough, when the title’s finale arrived in 1996, it included cameos from several DC Universe characters – even the villainous Darkseid.
We won’t spoil the exact details of why they’re coming to visit, for those who haven’t read the comic before the Netflix series, but the following bit does contain a light spoiler for the end of the Sandman comic book story.
At the end of the original Sandman series, Morpheus appoints a replacement as the embodiment of Dream in the Endless, choosing a baby named Daniel whose birth and childhood has been a subplot throughout comic book history. .
The Sandman universe begins
Morpheus’ move to Daniel as the Sandman opened the door to an unprecedented level of connection between Sandman continuity and the mainstream DC Universe, with Daniel later appearing in 1998’s JLA #23. (opens in a new tab)and several issues of the contemporary JSA (opens in a new tab) Title.
In 2009, Dream’s sister Death appeared in Action Comics #894 (opens in a new tab), crossing paths with Lex Luthor. And then, in 2011, with DC’s “New 52” reboot, the characters of John Constantine and Swamp Thing, and their accompanying titles, were brought back into the DC Universe proper.
Most recently at the 2017 Dark Nights: Metal event (opens in a new tab)Batman has an encounter with Daniel during the multiverse event.
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Then in 2018, DC launched a fluctuating lineup of Sandman-related titles under the name ‘Sandman Universe. (opens in a new tab)‘, which started at Vertigo before moving on to DC’s current line of adult content, Black Label. This apparently split the “Sandman universe” back into its own continuity, but there’s always been a crossover ever since.
Since that change, it’s unclear where Sandman and his cast exist in direct relation to the DC Universe – though thanks to the recently created Omniverse, all DC stories from all eras and footprints are now considered canon in one. part of its overall structure.
This means it’s entirely possible that Morpheus, Daniel, Death, or the other Sandman characters could one day return to the DC Universe proper, in some way.
And that also means that, if DC and Netflix decide to go with it, there are plenty of precedents for the Sandman universe to crossover with the mainstream DC universe, even in the present day.
Read everything you need to know about comic book history Morpheus, the Sandmanbefore his Netflix show.