It’s curious how this critically acclaimed comic book series took so long to become a television series. Netflix’s The Sandman has officially been given a release date, and the trailer they paired along with it gives us an extended peek at what we can expect from the upcoming series.
Comments from fans under the trailer are a mix. Some are singing praises that we waited for technology to catch up in order to visually tell this story the right way, while others urge those who are interested in the Netflix adaptation to invest in the comic book series as well.
Despite many Sandman fans being rightfully skeptical (due to Netflix’s poor track record when it comes to live-action adaptations of comic book series), many are looking forward to seeing the Lord of Dreams on their screens. Plus, they seem to be very impressed with the CGI quality that this upcoming adaptation boasts.
Written by Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Eternals, Good Omens, Stardust) and published by DC Comics, the story follow its main character, Dream, AKA Morpheus, AKA the Sandman…along with a long list of other names.
Morpheus is one of the 7 Endless (the others being Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium (formerly Delight), and Destruction (AKA “The Prodigal”).
The series starts off with Morpheus being captured by an occult ritual and being held prisoner for 70 years. When Morpheus escapes, he finds himself in modern times and sets out to rebuild his kingdom. But, he finds that it has since fallen into ruin since he was captured.
The first part of the series is a dark horror comic, but as time goes on, it evolves into a fantasy series, incorporating classical and contemporary mythology — all of which Gaiman is famous for including in his stories.
The Sandman is one of a very small handful of graphic novels on The New York Times Best Sellers list along with Maus, Watchmen, and The Dark Knight Returns. This series has had many live-action development attempts.
The most recent was in 2013, when Warner Bros. announced that David S. Goyer (Blade franchise, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Ghost Rider) would produce a film adaptation starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a part of its Vertigo film slate. Gordon-Levitt dropped out in 2016.
Since 2019, the Netflix series has been in full development.
The Sandman will premiere on Netflix on August 5, 2022.
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