Netflix's Sandman: Casting Critics Get 'Zero F*cks' Response From Creator Neil Gaiman

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The upcoming television adaptation The Sandman is nearing the end of filming for a Netflix release. Most recently, DC's official Twitter revealed a dozen cast members that will bring this series to life, adapting its story straight from the classic DC graphic novel penned by Neil Gaiman.

Patton Oswalt from MODOK and David Thewlis from Wonder Woman will check a new comic book project off both of their lists, joining accomplished stars like Charles Dance and Boyd Holbrook. Additionally, the role of Death will be played by Kirby Howell-Baptist while Mason Alexander Park will embody Despair.

These particular casting choices have garnered some choice words from "fans" on social media. However, that isn't giving the story creator hesitation for a moment.


The Sandman creator Neil Gaiman, who is also serving as an executive producer on the Netflix series, took to Twitter to respond to a fan challenging the recent casting announcements revealed by DC. Most of these complaints come with Death being played by Black actress Kirby Howell-Baptist and Desire being played by non-binary star Mason Alexander Park.

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The graphic novelist made it clear that he gives "zero f***s about people who don't understand/haven't read Sandman," although complaints still continue to appear on social media:

"I give all the f*cks about the work. I spent 30 years successfully battling bad movies of Sandman.

I give zero f*cks about people who don't understand/ haven't read Sandman whining about a non-binary Desire or that Death isn't white enough. Watch the show, make up your minds."


The Sandman has already faced multiple production delays and production hell through attempted film and TV adaptations. As such, fans are building anticipation to see what becomes of Netflix's take on one of DC's most unique and beloved properties. It's a strong sign for the project to see how firmly Gaiman is standing by the castings of every actor in the show, no matter what kind of controversy they may bring.

With Howell-Baptist playing Death as a Black woman and Desire being played by the non-binary Park, Gaiman seems intent on proving that these characters will be brought to screen by the best actors suited for both roles. It's clear that Gaiman is focused on giving fans an honest and modern adaptation of his work and that stars' real-life identities will only add to their roles on-screen.

The Sandman is soon to wrap filming and does not yet have a release date on Netflix.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.