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The Sandman Creator Neil Gaiman Defends ‘Color-Blind Casting’ for Netflix Adaptation

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The Sandman Creator Neil Gaiman Defends ‘Color-Blind Casting’ for Netflix Adaptation

The Sandman creator Neil Gaiman has once again spoken out in support of the casting decisions made for the upcoming Netflix adaptation. Speaking with Total Film, Gaiman defends the “color-blind casting” approach that was carried out when bringing the likes of Death and the rest of The Endless to live action.

“The thing that got me grumpiest was when people on Twitter would go, ‘This is not the gamine-esque, white, goth-y Death that I’ve had in my head for all these years, why are you betraying us?’”

Barry star Kirby Howell-Baptiste, a Black actor, will portray Death in the Netflix series, The Sandman. The actress does not reflect some of the elements of the character as she is drawn in the source comics, an issue which resulted in some shameful reactions from a certain subsection of “fans.” Gaiman, who of course created Death for the pages of The Sandman, explains why the depiction of The Endless did not need to adhere exactly to how they are shown in the graphic novels before heaping praise on Howell-Baptiste’s performance.

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“But watch 1,000 Death auditions. Hundreds of the actors we saw were gamine-esque, some white-skinned. It’s the Endless — we did colour-blind casting, because why wouldn’t you? The comics establish that the characters look like whatever we want them to look like. Anyway, Kirby’s amazing. And I think that people who have been grumbling that she doesn’t look like Death are going to not be grumbling [any more] once they see her be Death.”

Sadly, Howell-Baptiste is not the only member of The Sandman cast to face the vitriol of fan backlash. The casting of non-binary actor Mason Alexander Park, who is set to play Desire of the Endless, has also been met with criticism. Though presumably those people have not actually read The Sandman. Or at the very least did not understand it. As Gaiman explains…

“I give zero f—s 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.”

Related: Netflix’s The Sandman Mega Budget Reportedly Revealed

The Sandman is Due for Release on Netflix Later This Year

The Sandman will bring seminal author Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel to the screen for the first time. 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, 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.


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Starring Tom Sturridge as Dream of the Endless AKA Morpheus, The Sandman will feature a large ensemble cast that includes Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Jenna Coleman, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Patton Oswalt, and Mark Hamill.

The Sandman is scheduled to debut on Netflix on August 5, 2022.

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DC’s ‘Strange Adventures’ joins ‘Batgirl’ in the HBO Max cancellation frenzy

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DC’s ‘Strange Adventures’ joins ‘Batgirl’ in the HBO Max cancellation frenzy

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The list of DC properties getting the axe over at HBO Max continues to grow, with Strange Adventures being the latest casualty.

The show was supposed to be an anthology series that featured some of DC’s lesser known characters. Clerks filmmaker Kevin Smith, who was supposed to direct and co-write an episode, confirmed the decision on his podcast Hollywood Babble-On.

Smith put the show’s axing in the same vein as Warner Bros. Discovery’s cancelling of the Batgirl movie, which already cost the studio an estimated $90 million. Strange Adventures actually never made it that far, however, and was axed before the merger became final.

The episode Smith was writing was supposed to be a collaboration with Supergirl writer Eric Carrasco. It would have featured both Jimmy Olsen from the Superman universe, and villain Bizarro. The plan was to get Nicholas Cage to play Bizzarro.

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Smith and Cage actually have a pretty good history together, as they were both at one point in the ’90s attached to the Tim Burton-led Superman Lives – something that ultimately never happened but did result in a documentary called The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

“[Dropping Strange Adventures] kind of made sense to me — nobody necessarily knows these characters, and it sounded like an expensive show,” Smith said. Strange Adventures was going to cost between $16 and $20 million per episode, and was going to be produced by Berlanti Productions. That company is also handling another DC property that is so far on track – Green Lantern.

Berlanti also handles the TV version of The Flash, season three of Superman & Lois, and Gotham Knights over at The CW. Those are all moving ahead as planned.

Strange Adventures was supposed to be “our biggest DC show ever made,” Smith said. He also shared that even if it won’t end up over at HBO Max, the property could come out in another medium.

“Don’t feel bad for me, I got paid. We’re talking about taking it over to DC and doing it as a comic book, because we f***ing took the time to write the script. Might as well hand it to an artist and let them draw it.”

He also said getting rid of Batgirl was a bad idea: “It’s an incredibly bad look to cancel the Latina Batgirl movie. I don’t give a sh*t if the movie was absolute fucking dog sh*t — I guarantee you that it wasn’t. I love all the CW shows, but the CW shows show their budgetary constraints. They said Batgirl looked too cheap because it was a $90 million movie. How do you make a cheap-looking $90 million movie? If it looked slightly better than an episode of Arrow then why couldn’t we see that?”

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‘Prey’ Gets The Biggest Original Hulu Premiere In History

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According to the streaming service, the new Predator film, Prey, had the biggest original premiere on Hulu to date.

Several years ago, the development of a new Predator film began. Official details were hard to come by, but the film’s producers eventually confirmed the rumors, revealing that it took place in the 1700s. The film was eventually revealed to be titled Prey and its first trailer was released in early June.

As the film’s development went on, the decision was eventually made to make Prey a Hulu exclusive. Reviews were incredibly positive and the film currently holds a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Now, it appears that the film has nabbed a record for Hulu.

According to Hulu, Prey had the biggest premier for an original film and/or television show in the streaming service’s history. It did not, however, release the film’s exact numbers:

Here is the synopsis for Prey:

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Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, “Prey” is the story of a young woman, Naru, a fierce and highly skilled warrior. She has been raised in the shadow of some of the most legendary hunters who roam the Great Plains, so when danger threatens her camp, she sets out to protect her people. The prey she stalks, and ultimately confronts, turns out to be a highly evolved alien predator with a technically advanced arsenal, resulting in a vicious and terrifying showdown between the two adversaries.

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg from a script written by Patrick Aison, Prey stars Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, and Julian Black Antelope.

Prey is now available on Hulu on August 5, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

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Watch Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline in the trailer for The Good House

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Watch Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline in the trailer for The Good House

Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline starred together in the1993’s Dave which is a great movie. They have reunited for The Good House and you can watch the trailer below.

The Good House follows Hildy Good (Sigourney Weaver), a wry New England realtor and descendant of the Salem witches, who loves her wine and her secrets. Her compartmentalized life begins to unravel as she rekindles a romance with her old high-school flame, Frank Getchell (Kevin Kline), and becomes dangerously entwined in one person’s reckless behavior. Igniting long-buried emotions and family secrets, Hildy is propelled toward a reckoning with the one person she’s been avoiding for decades: herself.

Based on the best-selling novel by Ann Leary, THE GOOD HOUSE is directed by Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky, and stars Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Morena Baccarin and Rob Delaney.

You can read our review here.

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The Good House opens in US cinemas on 30th September 2022.

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