The Sandman, a show based on the DC comic book, will debut on Netflix in 2022 and is expected to be one of the service’s most popular original productions. The following is an up-to-date guide to everything that is currently known about the impending Netflix program, including a breakdown of the whole cast, each first look that has been provided, and information about which volumes will be covered. The next significant update for the show is anticipated to take place during Netflix’s Geeked Week at the beginning of June.
Please take note that this article was initially published in December 2021 and has since been revised to incorporate any newly discovered material. The content was most recently revised on May 9th, 2022.
The legendary comic book series The Sandman by Neil Gaiman was considered unfilmable for many years.
There have, of course, been a number of attempts made to bring it to both the big screen and the small screen, but Gaiman has consistently turned them down while he waits for the right opportunity. Most famously, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Neil Gaiman collaborated on the production of a film adaptation in 2014, however the project was ultimately scrapped due to conflicts in artistic vision.
Nevertheless, when Netflix approached Gaiman with the readiness to authentically serialize the comics, along with the promise of a massive budget and the participation of a brilliant cast, it was difficult for Gaiman to refuse the offer.
A press release made by the streaming service in July 2019 confirmed that they were the only network bold enough to move through with a live-action adaptation of The Sandman comic books.
In point of fact, they would set a new record for the most expensive television show that DC Entertainment has ever created should they choose to make it. The ideal crew was put together thanks to the efforts of showrunner Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman), producer David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), and Gaiman.
What exactly is Netflix’s The Sandman, and why should you be thrilled about it?
The Sandman is a narrative that goes beyond the confines of space and time, transporting its readers to otherworldly regions and otherworldly dimensions. It has a plethora of well-known personalities, both historical and legendary, many of whom you are likely already acquainted with. William Shakespeare, Thor, Orpheus, and a great many other figures, such as these, are all examples of those who appear.
The story takes place within the DC universe, therefore it is reasonable to anticipate cameos from characters from the DC canon, such as John Constantine and the Martian Manhunter. In addition to that, it introduces a few DC characters who aren’t as well recognized, such as Element Girl and Hector Hall.
The protagonist of all ten volumes of the comic, Dream of the Endless, who also goes by the names Morpheus, Kai’ckul, Sandman, and a plethora of others, is featured throughout the story. Whoever sees him gives him a different name, and he also has a different appearance depending on who it is.
We travel with him on his journey, seeing him as he fulfills his responsibilities as the Ruler of Dreams and seeing how his previous errors come back to haunt him along the way.
The TUDUM event that took place in September on Netflix provided us with our first real look at the show in action (after a first look behind the scenes at Geeked Week in June 2021). The teaser is only a few seconds long, but it depicts the beginning of the entire story: Roderick Burgess (Charles Dance), along with his fellow occultists in the Order of Ancient Mysterious, undertake a ceremony to catch and confine Death.
However, the ceremony does not go exactly as planned, and Dream (played by Tom Sturridge) is the one who is taken captive rather than his sister, which leads to the beginning of the series:
During an interview with Empire Magazine, Gaiman stated that each episode is “completely different” from the previous one. “You watch Episode 1 and say, ‘Oh, I get this thing: it’s like “Downton Abbey,” but with magic,'” the author stated, adding that “You get this feeling.”
“By the time Episode 2 rolls around and you meet Gregory the Gargoyle in The Dreaming, you’ll be scratching your head and asking, “What the heck is this?” Episode 5 is about as depressing and harrowing as anything is ever going to get, and then you have Episode 6, which is perhaps the most upbeat of all the episodes.
Which Sandman comics will be featured in Netflix’s The Sandman?
The first season of The Sandman will consist of eleven episodes, each of which will be an hour long.
It includes “Preludes and Nocturnes,” which is found in volume one, as well as “The Doll’s House,” which is found in volume two, and the first half of “Dream Country,” which is found in book three.
The expectation is, of course, that all of the graphic novels will be adapted into movies without the show being canceled in the middle of production, which is something that Netflix is known for having done in the past.
Consider, for instance, how recently the television show Cowboy Bebop was canceled. Having said that, Gaiman has mentioned in the past that there are a variety of safeguards in place to prevent something like this from happening.
A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama, and legend are seamlessly interwoven, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.
The official synopsis for the series can be found on Netflix and reads as follows: “A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama, and legend are seamlessly interwoven.
If you were at all concerned that The Sandman might deviate significantly from the original source material, you shouldn’t be. If the teaser is any indication, the story will remain fairly faithful to the one that was originally told. Netflix has even published a fairly neat side-by-side comparison, just to set some people’s minds at ease regarding their concerns.
Who exactly are The Endless, and which actors provide the voice work for them in The Sandman?
The dream is one of the seven cosmic beings that collectively make up what is called the Endless. In their most fundamental form, they are anthropomorphic personifications of ideas and concepts that are necessary for life. The names Death, Desire, Destiny, Despair, and Delirium as well as Destruction are Dream’s six brothers and sisters.
As was to be expected, Netflix is not holding back any financial resources for its adaptation. Let’s begin by taking a look at the seven different Endless and having a little discussion about who they are and who is playing them in the game. Please keep in mind that some of these roles have not yet been filled by actors.
To this point, there have been two different castings announced. The initial group of announcements was made in the month of January 2021, and the subsequent group was made in the month of May 2021.
The series is named for its main protagonist, Dream, who is portrayed by Tom Sturridge. When a person passes out, their consciousness travels to a location known as “The Dreaming,” which is ruled by the gloomy and miserable entity known as “Dream.” Dream, much like many of his siblings, is easily identifiable by his pale skin and the three totems of power that he carries: a ruby, a sack of sand, and a helm fashioned from the bones of a deity that has passed away.