Netflix’s Sandman Already Looks Much Better Than You Expected

Netflix’s Sandman Already Looks Much Better Than You Expected

Netflix’s The Sandman already looks better than expected and it could finally fulfill the dreams of the millions of readers of Neil Gaiman’s seminal DC Comics/Vertigo graphic novel saga. Executive produced by Gaiman, David Goyer (Man of Steel), and Allen Heinberg (Wonder Woman), The Sandman stars two-time Tony nominee Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, the lord of dreams. Season 1 of Netflix’s The Sandman will be 12-episodes and will adapt Gaiman’s first two Sandman graphic novel collections, “Preludes and Nocturnes” and “A Doll’s House.”

Along with Watchmen, which was ultimately adapted into a 2009 film by Zack Snyder and a critically-acclaimed 2019 HBO limited series, The Sandman was long considered an “unfilmable” graphic novel series. There have been many failed attempts to make a Sandman movie since the 1990s with filmmakers like Roger Avery, Joseph Gord0n-Levitt, The Boys‘ Eric Kripke, and James Mangold (Logan) attempting to make a Sandman movie, with and without Neil Gaiman’s approval. Finally, Netflix acquired the rights from Warner Bros. to develop The Sandman as a television series to be overseen by Gaiman, Goyer, and Heinberg. The main cast, led by Sturridge as Dream, Game of Thrones Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar and Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, and Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, was announced in January 2021 with the additional cast like Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, and Patton Oswalt as the voice of Matthew the Raven was announced in May 2021.

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Judging from the promotional photos and the footage released as part of Netflix’s GeekedWeek 2022 trailer, The Sandman looks like it will exceed expectations. The Sandman clips show Sturridge as appropriately gaunt and ethereal as Morpheus, showing off some of the Lord of Dreams’ supernatural abilities such as his bag of magical sand. The Geeked Week trailer gives a special focus to The Sandman and concludes with Dream visiting Hell to seek an audience with Lucifer Morningstar, an event that actually takes place in the fourth volume, “Season of Mists,” but is being moved up to The Sandman season 1. Regardless, Sturridge looks appropriately regal and fearsomely gothic as Dream of the Endless and the visuals strike the proper evocative balance since Morpheus’ adventures take him from the real world, throughout history, into the subconscious of those dreaming, and all manner of otherworldly realms.

Thankfully, Neil Gaiman’s hands-on overseeing of The Sandman is already evident. Although the prolific author says he is less directly involved with Sandman than he is on Amazon Prime Video’s Good Omens (but more than he is on Starz’s American Gods), Gaiman’s influence can be seen in every frame of The Sandman thus far. Further, the Sandman graphic novel saga owes just as much to the various artists who have illustrated Dream and the Endless, but Netflix’s The Sandman properly draws its visual styles from the original artists, Sam Keith and Mike Dringenberg. They pioneered bringing Gaiman’s lyrical and evocative prose and stories to life on the page and established The Sandman‘s distinctive and unforgettable imagery that the Netflix series is replicating with verisimilitude.

Some of The Sandman‘s casting choices have drawn backlash from a segment of fans, especially Kirby Howell-Baptiste, who is Black, portraying Death, and Gwendoline Christie playing Lucifer on the heels of Tom Ellis’ wildly popular version. (Ellis recently wrapped Lucifer‘s 6 seasons on Netflix.) However, Death and all of the Endless, including Dream, are anthropomorphic personifications that can appear in any form perceived by an individual according to their beliefs. Further, Christie’s Lucifer is a supernatural being who can be depicted as beyond male or female gender classifications. The Sandman‘s casting was designed to personify the essence of the characters and every actor cast is immensely talented. From the provocative promotional images and footage released thus far, Netflix’s The Sandman looks like it will be worth the wait.

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The Sandman premieres on Netflix in 2022.

Netflix has unleashed footage of The Sandman and the clips, as well as the promotional images, show how well the show captures Neil Gaiman’s comics.

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