Does this mean Netflix will have its own shared universe?
We might be in for an exciting time. If things go well, Netflix’s Locke & Key might have a crossover with the upcoming Netflix series, The Sandman. As the show nears its second outing, creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez hinted about joining with Neil Gaiman’s DC Comics adaptation. Despite not being an official part of the DC universe, the two stories have had crossovers in the comics.
Sandman had a tough journey of making it to live-action. People have came and went since 1991, but to no avail, and it was only during Netflix’s TUDUM fan event that we got to see the first look of the upcoming series. Filming wrapped up in August 2021, and is now awaiting a release date. It is one story that has great potential.
In an interview CBR, Hill and Rodriguez spoke about Netflix‘s interest in comic book stories, and also on horror. Locke & Key had a crossover with The Sandman since both stories specialized in horror. Both Hill and Rodriguez were not entirely sure about the thing happening, but if it did, it will be Netflix’s decision in the end.
Multiverse is a weird concept. Even though the two comics had a crossover, it was a different universe. Therefore, Kinsey, Tyler, and Bode do not exist in the same universe as Superman. But Dream, and the rest of the characters in his story, exist in both universes.
The Sandman’s success
Hill and Rodriguez were clear about one thing – they didn’t want any crossovers until The Sandman gets successful. The two stories have plenty of stories to tell before they could unite, and they are in the same universe. So it would be smarter to have a live-action crossover once both establish themselves well.