Neil Gaiman, the creator of The Sandman explained why John Constantine is absent from the upcoming Netflix adaptation of the Vertigo comic series.


John Constantine’s absence from Netflix’s upcoming TV series adaptation of The Sandman has been finally explained by Neil Gaiman.

The upcoming Netflix series will see Jenna Coleman stepping up as Lady Johanna Constantine, a character that originated from the Sandman comics. Jenna will also play Lady Johanna’s equivalent, Joanna Constantine.

Gaiman was recently asked by a fan on Twitter that whether or not it was changed due to Constantine’s presence in The CW’s Arrowverse shows. This is what the fan asked: “Not a complaint, because I am looking forward to Jenna Coleman’s performance, but could you not get John Constantine because of CW and HBO?” To this, Neil Gaiman replied: “The rights situation with John is certainly circumscribed right now. But the plan to have Lady Johanna and Joanna be in the story and played by the same person was there from the start. It seemed tidier. So it worked out.”

Created by Stephen R. Bissette, John Totleben, Alan Moore, and Rick Veitch, John Constantine’s character first appeared in The Saga of the Swamp Thing. The character later appeared in John Constantine, Hellblazer that was launched in 1988 by artist John Ridgway and writer Jamie Delano.

With that said, the first season of the Sandman series on Netflix will include the plot of Preludes and Nocturnes, the comic’s first story arc. In this plot, John Constantine played a significant role by appearing in 1989’s Sandman (Dream a Little Dream of Me) where he helped Dream of the Endless find his missing Pouch.


Apart from Jenna Coleman playing both Joanna Constantine and Johanna, Netflix’s Sandman series will also include Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, Boyd Holbrook as the Corinthian, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Tom Sturridge as Dream, Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death. While the series does not have any release date as of now, it is highly expected to make an arrival sometime in 2022.

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