Have You Been Pronouncing Constantine Wrong?

Creator Neil Gaiman clarifies how to pronounce Constantine in Netflix’s Sandman series, admitting that some viewers had been pronouncing the name incorrectly.

Neil Gaiman of “The Sandman” claims that despite Constantine appearing on television several times throughout the years, people have been pronouncin the name inaccurately.

The character made his comic book debut in 1985’s “The Saga of Swamp Thing No. 37” and stared in his own comic book series with Hellblazer. He was originally designed by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben. After his brief solo series, John Constantine has since made appearances in a number of cinematic adaptations, including the Keanu Reeves in “Constantine” movie and Matt Ryan in the “Arrowverse’s Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow”.

Together with Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, Gaiman developed The Sandman comic book series, revolving around Dream, one of the seven Endless beings who was caught during an occult ceremony and freed 100 years later only to discover his Kingdom of Dreaming crumbling and set out to restore it. A Sandman adaptation has been in the works for more than 30 years, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to appear and maybe direct one of the films. Netflix is now moving forward with the project, with Gaiman co-writing the series alongside David S. Goyer and Wonder Woman’s Allan Heinberg. This summer, The Sandman will finally be available to watch, and viewers will learn an intriguing new detail about a key character.

One fan asked Neil Gaiman about the odd Constantine pronunciation in “The Sandman” show on Tumblr with less than a month till its launch. The creator of the television show and comic book, based on the Alan Moore’s (the character’s co-creator’s) original pronunciation, revealed that he has been pronouncing the name “Constant-EYE-n” rather than “Constan-teen”.

Geiman said: “Alan Moore named and co-created the character, and that’s how he pronounced it. And that’s how it was pronounced in the comic he first showed up in.”

Despite only making a brief comic book appearance, Constantine played a significant role in Dream’s quest to reestablish the Kingdom of the Dreaming during “The Sandman”, assisting the title character in locating a pouch of sand that served as a totem of power in exchange for the ending of his nightmares related to Newcastle. Since Johanna Constantine and her great-great-great-grandmother of the same name in the Elizabethan era will appear in the series instead of John Constantine, his inclusion in “The Sandman” show has caused considerable discord among comic book enthusiasts. The two Johannas were always intended to be in the show, according to Gaiman, but the rights to Constantine held by The CW and HBO Max prevented future plans to incorporate John in “The Sandman”.

It will be fascinating to see if the standalone Constantine relaunch from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions uses the same Constantine pronunciation from The Sandman program. The remake is now in production at HBO Max. Johanna Constantine’s inclusion in the series does signify a fascinating fresh take on the beloved comics, in addition to modernizing the setting from its 1980s time period, given that Gaiman promised to be respectful to the source material. When The Sandman series on Netflix debuts on August 5, it will be impossible to predict how viewers will react to the new Constantine.