Fans of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy comic book series The Sandman have had a difficult few years. Years, perhaps. The film adaptation of The Sandman, a graphic novel epic deemed canon, has had a torturous journey. Thanks to Netflix’s quick action in 2019, a TV series adaptation of The Sandman is finally in the works.
Read Gaiman’s own words about how tough it was to secure approval for a film adaptation of The Sandman that did it justice: The most important thing, in my opinion, was to avoid terrible versions from being generated. I didn’t have faith that we’d always get here. A statement from Neil Gaiman was made to Total Film. There is no going back after a terrible version has been made. Howard the Duck was my favorite comic book character when I was 14 or 15. After that, a new type of hero emerged. Bad jokes were made about Howard The Duck. When I saw screenplays that would have made that happen to Sandman, I didn’t want that to happen to him.”
Netflix is finally releasing all 10 episodes of The Sandman this week. For now, there’s a brand new trailer to keep you entertained, but before you watch it, here’s a quick rundown to get you ready for King Arthur’s triumphant return!
The Sandman Release Date
After months of rumors, Netflix has now announced that the show will premiere on August 5, 2022. We’re very excited!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and The Dark Knight’s David S. Goyer proposed The Sandman to Warner Bros. in 2013, and the film was given the go-ahead to begin production in 2015. Creative disputes led to Gordon-departure Levitt’s in 2016, and Netflix announced a TV adaptation in June of this year.
Originally scheduled to begin filming in May 2020, the show was temporarily put on hold owing to the coronavirus epidemic, as was the case with many other TV productions.
A Tumblr post by Neil Gaiman in September 2020 stated that filming would begin in October, and Gaiman revealed the news on Twitter in September of the following year.
What’s The Story Behind The Sandman? Story Summaries
Formed as one of the Seven Endless in an esoteric ritual, Morpheus (the dream king) is abducted by The Sandman during World War I. After 105 years in captivity, Morpheus manages to escape and reclaim his realm of the Dreaming, which he intends to rule over once more.
Described by Netflix as “a powerful blend of modern myth and dark fantasy, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s done during his immense existence.”
The Sandman cast
Netflix has a reputation for keeping casting details a closely guarded secret, and the cast was only gradually revealed once filming began. However, we now have a whole ensemble cast list, and it is very impressive.
- Tom Sturridge as Morpheus
- Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer
- Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death
- Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine
- Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne
- David Thewlis as John Dee
- Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian
- Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess
- Patton Oswalt as the voice of Matthew the raven
- Asim Chaudhry as Abel
- Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain
- Stephen Fry as Gilbert
- Mason Alexander Park as Desire
- Donna Preston as Despair
- Kyo Ra as Rose Walker
- Mark Hamill as the voice of Merv Pumpkinhead
When Will There Be More Sandman Episodes?
With ten episodes planned, The Sandman will tell several tales from the Sandman universe while yet maintaining a unified story arc throughout. There will be eight episodes per season if the show follows Netflix’s standard format for dramas.
The Sandman teasers
A long-sought-after film adaption of The Sandman is now here. The iconic DC Comics story by Neil Gaiman is coming to Netflix, and the author had a key role in getting it to the screen.
For the first time, I’ll be a part of the team for this adaptation. We’ve come to a point that wasn’t there when the Sandman comics were first published. In a statement, author Neil Gaiman noted that “longer format, novelistic television programs have the special effects and money to bring this universe to life.” In terms of technology, I believe we’re at a point where we can produce Sandman in a way that was unimaginable even 15 or 10 years ago.
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