Netflix's The Sandman TV-MA Rating for Language, Violence, and Sex

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Netflix has revealed the rating for its upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman.

According to Netflix, its adaptation of The Sandman will be rated TV-MA due to language, violence and sex. This shouldn't come as a surprise to fans of the original comic book, which is aimed for "mature" readers due to its content.

Netflix's The Sandman
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Netflix's The Sandman

Written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by artists Mike Dringenberg and Sam Keith, The Sandman ran from 1989 until 1996, and it's considered to be one of the greatest comic book series of all time because of its compelling storytelling and themes. Its story features Dream/Morpheus, a member of the seven Endless. In the beginning, he realizes that he is imprisoned by the Order of Ancient Mysteries. However, he soon breaks free and sets about regaining his lost objects of power. In his journey, he interacts with characters like Death and Lucifer.


Over the past few decades, there have been multiple attempts to adapt The Sandman all of which have perished in development hell. In the early 2010s, Blade writer David S. Goyer was working on an film adaptation starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Morpheus, but due to problems with the script, Goyer eventually asked Warner Bros. to cancel the movie and to instead develop The Sandman as a streaming TV series.

Netflix signed the deal for The Sandman series in 2019, but filming for the series was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming began in October 2020, and concluded in August 2021.

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The cast of The Sandman includes Tom Sturridge as Morpheus/Dream, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, and Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian. According to the statements confirmed by these castings, The Sandman will adapt The Doll's House and Preludes & Nocturnes storylines.

Netflix hasn't announced an official release date for The Sandman, which is developed by Gaiman, David S. Goyer, and Allan Heinberg, but expect the series to come out sometime in 2022.