It’s Geeked Week, courtesy of Netflix, which means a smorgasbord of new teasers for upcoming series. Most notably, we have some new teaser images for the sandmana teaser for the third and final season of Locke & Key, and a full trailer for the resident Evil live action series. There were also teasers for a new series from the creators of the masterful German series Darkcalled 1899; by Mike Flanagan The Midnight Club; the anthology series Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities; and WednesdayTim Burton’s new series focused on an adult Addams Wednesday.
(Spoilers from previous seasons of padlock and key below.)
sandman fans have been craving a screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s iconic comic books for decades, and we’re finally getting it, thanks to Netflix executive producer David Goyer (Foundation), and showrunner Allan Heinberg. Gaiman was heavily involved as an executive producer and regularly bragged on social media about his joy at the series’ outcome. If this teaser is any indication, we’re inclined to agree. It certainly gets the look and feel of graphic novels exactly right.
As I wrote earlier, the title “Sandman” is Dream, also known as Morpheus, among other names. He is one of the seven entities known as the Infinite, and he is looking to right his past mistakes. The other Endless are Destiny, Destruction, Despair, Desire, Delirium and Death (portrayed as a cheerful young punk/goth). Tom Sturridge landed the coveted role of Morpheus, Lord of the Dreaming. Kirby Howell-Baptiste plays Death, Donna Preston plays Despair and Mason Alexander Park plays Desire. War of Thrones alumni Gwendoline Christie and Charles Dance play a gender-swapped Lucifer and charlatan magician Roderick Burgess, respectively.
The cast also includes Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, one of the (failed) nightmares created by Dream; Vivienne Acheampong as gender-swapped Lucienne, Dreaming’s head librarian; David Thewlis as John Dee/Doctor Fate; Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, occult detective and ancestor of DC Comics antihero John Constantine; Patton Oswalt as the voice of Dream’s crow emissary, Matthew; Razane Jammal as Lyta Hall; Kyo Ra as Rose Walker, who encounters the Corinthian while searching for her lost brother; Stephen Fry as Rose’s guardian Gilbert; Sandra James-Young as Kinkaid Unit; and Sanjeev Bhaskar and Asim Chaudhry as Cain and Abel, respectively.
By the official premise:
There’s another world that awaits us all when we close our eyes and sleep – a place called Dreaming, where the Sandman, Master of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), gives shape to all our deepest fears and fantasies. But when Dream is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for a century, his absence sets off a chain of events that will forever change the dream and waking worlds. To restore order, Dream must travel across different worlds and timelines to right the wrongs he made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and enemies and meeting new entities – cosmic and human – along the way.
We got our first glimpse of the series when Netflix released a brief teaser last September during its global fan event Tudum. This footage focused on the initial capture of Dream by Roderick Burgess and his acolytes, who were trying to capture her brother Death. This latest footage gives us even more of Sturridge’s Dream, as well as brief glimpses of Lucienne, Lucifer, Johanna Constantine and the creepy bloody eyes of Holbrook’s Corinthian. We also see the ruins of The Dreaming after the Sandman’s prolonged absence, as Death warns him that a lot has changed in the interim.
the sandman premieres on Netflix on August 5, 2022. We’re counting the days.
padlock and key S3
There is a powerful fascination in the basic premise of padlock and key: Three traumatized brothers whose father was recently murdered return to their father’s ancestral home, Key House, with their mother and discover that the house is filled with hidden magical keys that “whisper” to children until they find them. Only children can hear the keys whispering, and any adult who witnesses the “magic” of keys in use quickly forgets what they saw. The TV series has successfully preserved that allure.
The first season covered most of the main narrative arc in the comics, but left out a lot of the background knowledge about where the keys came from, who made them, and who (or what) the shape-shifting character Dodge really is. These questions were answered at least partially throughout S2. Dodge was a demon from beyond the black door who sought to forge a new magical Demon Key from a remnant of Whispering Iron, then use it to build an army of demons out of the townspeople. The Locke family and their allies defeated Dodge at the end of the season, though there is a brief glimpse of Dodge in her original female form in the teaser, hinting that they may be back in some form.
Season two also included flashbacks to the American Revolutionary War and the conflict between the Locke family and a British general named Frederick Gideon (Kevin Durand), revealing how the magic keys were made – and why they have such a strong connection to the descendants of Locke. The flashback material was partially extracted from mechanics and appeared heavily in the first arc of World War Keyone new lock and key comic book release that serves as a prequel and sequel to the original run.
Season three will complete the planned trilogy as the Locke brothers face their greatest adversary yet: General Gideon, whose demon-possessed “echo” was resurrected from the pit, as was Dodge. He is now in possession of the Anywhere Key, and he has a long-standing grudge against the Locke family. He will also be much harder to defeat, even if Locke’s children manage to retrieve all of his keys. Chances are, we’ll see at least one new key in play as the series ends.
the last season of padlock and key arrives on Netflix on August 10, 2022.