Gaiman’s amazing graphic novel series, The Sandman, gained a ton of fans since its debut back in the late 1980s, and they have been itching for the day they might see it brought to life on screen for many years. Desire is one of the best-known characters within the story, and plenty of people are now wondering who Desire will be in The Sandman on Netflix.
Desire is a fictional character in The Sandman series published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in The Sandman (vol. 2) #8 (August 1989), and was created by Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg. In the stories, Desire is androgynous, capable of appearing as a man, a woman, neither, or possibly both. Desire has a cruel streak and a long-standing rivalry with Dream. Mason Alexander Park is playing the character in the series.
There’s been a ton of hype surrounding the premiere of The Sandman, and many people are eager to know more about each of the characters as soon as possible – as well as the talented professionals that will be playing them. Stick around to find out everything you need to know about Mason Alexander Park’s role in The Sandman so far – including snippets from interviews with the cast, the show’s creators, Gaiman, and even sneak peeks of Desire on screen!
Who is Desire in The Sandman?
Desire is the third youngest Endless and the twin of Despair. He is a surprisingly beautiful figure whose sex is changeable, becoming male, female, both, or neither depending on the situation. He is often called “brother” by his brothers, particularly by Dream. Desire blends effortlessly with any environment he finds himself in. He lives in the heart of a statue of flesh and blood representing himself, known as the Threshold.
In fact, the strengthening of the connection of the hearts, causes the seal of Desire in the galleries of the other Endless to be a heart of glass. Desire is described as a being of medium height, whose smell faintly resembles that of summer peaches. He has two shadows, one black and sharp, the other translucent and wavy. His smile is short and sharp, and his skin is “pale as smoke”, while his eyes are “tawny and sharp as white wine.”
Of course, Desire is the cruelest of the Endless, but he is not actually to be considered evil, as he represents, as his name implies, “desire” and that it is often an unclear and fickle thing. He seems obsessed with interfering with the affairs of his older brothers, especially those of Dream. The motivation is unclear, but it simply looks like a variant of childish jokes.
Desire isn’t exactly oblivious to the consequences of his actions, but he considers these consequences entirely irrelevant, a position that particularly infuriates Morpheus and Death. Sometimes Desire performs in a small concert with Desperation and Delirium; the relationship with them is unclear, however, Desire is much more distant from his brothers than Desperation and Delirium.
A more lenient interpretation is that Desire simply reflects desire and this is a fickle and subjective emotion. Since desire is the most inflaming emotion, Desire particularly delights in instigating those who think they are beyond emotion. He is, apart from Death (which, even then, must be pushed), the only one of the Endless who can point out the failures of Dream, some of which, like Nada’s sentence, are legitimate.
Destruction also noted that while Desire can be mischievous, he is often right. Desire is absolutely convinced that mortals are slaves of their will, but Morpheus replies that it is the exact opposite and that it is the Endless who are actually the servants of mortals and that when they no longer need them, their task will end. Desire often forgets what he is told, as the very nature of desire is to live in the moment.
A story in Endless Nights, set before any other Sandman story, explained the origins of Dream and Desire’s enmity and revealed that before that, Desire was Dream’s favorite brother. Dream fell in love with a mortal, Killalla of the Brilliant, and took her to a reunion of stars (literally the personifications of various suns).
While there, Killalla met and fell in love with her planet star, abandoning Dream. Desire’s role in all of this was never explained (except that love is obviously a form of desire). After introducing her lover to Desire when they arrived, and leaving the two alone, Killalla asked what Desire had done to make her so fond of him, but Desire indicated that she had done absolutely nothing.
Later, however, when Dream furiously blamed Desire for the whole thing, Desire didn’t defend himself; he only asked Destruction, “Don’t you have a sense of humor?” once Dream is gone. This story, set billions of years prior to The Sandman series, aimed to portray the characters in a completely different light, showing that the Endless were also unrelated, and that Desire’s behavior towards Dream was playful rather than mischievous during this first encounter.
The enmity between Dream and Desire continued over the millennia, eventually culminating in the rape of Unity Kinkaid by Desire and the birth of the son of the two, then the attempt to have Rose Walker, grandson of Unity, killed by Dream that would have caused his unscrupulous and relentless pursuit by the Furies until he died from shedding the blood of their family. When Dream found out all of this at the end of The Doll’s House, he openly threatened Desire about what would happen to him if he interfered with his life again, after which there was a truce between the two.
Who is playing Desire in The Sandman?
Now that we know all about Desire, who could fit this description? Well, the producers of the upcoming TV series made an excellent choice by casting young American performer Mason Alexander Park in the role of Desire in Netflix’s The Sandman. Mason Alexander Park is an American actor, best known for playing Desire in the series The Sandman and for his role as Gren in the Netflix series Cowboy Bebop. Mason was born on July 12, 1995. Mason considers himself a non-binary person.