Warning: Minor spoilers for The Sandman ahead.
The Sandman fans could have even more content on the way after the Neil Gaiman show hit Netflix, with showrunner Allan Heinberg revealing the scenes that were cut.
The screenwriter , based on the comics which ran from 1989 to 1996 – so understandably,
Chatting to Metro.co.uk at The Sandman premiere, Allan explained: ‘It would have been too long – we got a little greedy in the shooting of it!’
Asked about any specific scenes that were cut, Allan said: ‘Some of them, I think, will be available after we air. It’s stuff that’s in the comics – there’s a lot more with the sleepy sickness patients, and Unity Kincaid, and things that pay off down the line.
‘We managed to sneak some bits in later as well.’
Unity Kincaid is played by Sandra James-Young in the Netflix series and originally featured in the comics.
Chatting about what he wanted to bring to the show, Allan went on: ‘I really felt a lot reading The Sandman.
‘I really connected with Dream emotionally and with the family, and there’s an enormous amount of world-building and it’s a huge sprawling fantasy but for me, the focus was always on the emotional lives of the characters and I wanted the audience to feel what I felt reading it.
‘Neil and I were always so focused on what was happening emotionally in every single scene.’
Meanwhile, Neil told us what we can expect from season two – including the appearance of a new character.
The comics feature trans and non-binary characters who mean a huge amount to fans, with the genderfluidity of various characters, most prominently Mason Alexander Park’s Desire, being reflected in the show.
Neil confirmed that, if season two gets the green light, iconic character Wanda, who is a trans woman with an incredibly powerful storyline in the comics, will make an appearance.
‘Absolutely, and we made sure that we had, for the season two writers room, that we had trans and we had NB [non-binary] people in the writers room working on it because that seemed to us to be the only way to do it,’ he added.
‘So The Sandman, we’ll get Wanda, we’ll get all of that stuff – as long as enough people watch season one and they let us keep going.’
The Sandman follows Morpheus, the Dream King (Tom Sturridge), as he attempts to mend the cosmic and human worlds.
It also features a star-studded cast including Gwendoline Christie (Lucifer), Jenna Coleman (Johanna Constantine), David Thewlis (John Dee), Charles Dance (Roderick Burgess) and Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Death).
The Sandman hits Netflix on Friday, August 5.
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