The Sandman is a hit DC comic book written by Neil Gaiman that traverses time, gods, myths, and legends in such a broad spectrum that it was once deemed unproduceable. It has been an elusive project that has teased many production possibilities in the past that eventually fell through. This year, Netflix has bravely taken on the challenge of bringing this world filled with "the anthropomorphic embodiments of powerful natural forces" into our screen. Are you excited to dive deeper into the Dream?
Here is everything we know so far about Netflix's The Sandman.
Table of Contents
- The Sandman Release Date: When Will The Sandman Be On Netflix?
- The Sandman Cast: Who Will Play the Characters in Netflix's The Sandman ?
- The Sandman Crew: Who Will Be Working Behind the Scenes in Netflix's The Sandman ?
- The Sandman Plot: On What Comic Book Issues Will The Sandman Be Based On?
- The Sandman Episodes: How Many Episodes of The Sandman Will Be Released?
- The Sandman Trailer: Where Can I Watch The Sandman Trailer?
- The Sandman Where to Watch: Where Can I Watch The Sandman ?
The Sandman Release Date: When Will The Sandman Be On Netflix?
During the Netflix Geeked event in June 2021, Netflix announced that it will adapt Gaiman's graphic novel into a television series. The Sandman reportedly began filming in October 2020, but just like everything else, filming took a hit when the CoVid-19 pandemic struck. By now, the series is already in post-production, and since Netflix has included the show in its 2022 lineup, we can anticipate its release sometime in mid 2022.
There is still no information about the release date of The Sandman on Netflix, but there have been rumors that Netflix canceled the production of the series. Gaiman promptly invalidated the claims via a tweet responding to a fan.
Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes on the set of The Sandman.
The Sandman Cast: Who Will Play the Characters in Netflix's The Sandman?
The Sandman revolves around the stories of seven cosmic entities known as The Endless. The Endless are siblings older than the gods and are personifications of abstract concepts and ideas that come with life. The siblings include Death, Desire, Destiny, Despair, Delirium, Destruction, and the main character of the entire series, Dream.
Netflix has released two casting announcements in January and May of 2021. Most of the major characters have been cast so far, with Tom Sturridge taking the lead role of Dream for the show. Some of Dream's siblings have also been casted, with Kirby Howell-Baptiste playing Death, Mason Alexander Park playing Desire, and Donna Preston playing Despair.
The other major characters of the show who have been cast are Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar and Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess.
One major liberty that Gaiman and the Netflix team took was casting actors who did not match the gender of the original character in the comic books. This was the case for Christie, who will be playing Lucifer, and Vivienne Acheampong, who will play Lucienne.
The other actors involved in the series are Sanjeev Bhaskar and Asim Chaudhry, who will play the brothers Cain and Abel. Boyd Holbrook will play The Corinthian, while Jenna Coleman will play Johanna Constantine, the grandmother of another DC star, John Constantine. Patton Oswalt will voice Matthew the Raven, David Thewlis will take the role of John Dee, and Razane Jammal will play Lyta Hall. We will also see Niamh Walsh and Joley Richardson play the younger and older versions of Ethel Cripps. Kyo Ra will play Rose Walker, Sandra James Young will appear as Unity Kinkaid, and Stephen Fry will play Gilbert.
The Sandman Crew: Who Will Be Working Behind the Scenes in Netflix's The Sandman?
Neil Gaiman will take an active role in the production of The Sandman as an Executive Producer and writer. Gaiman will be writing with David S. Goyer (known for his work with Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Foundation) and showrunner Allan Heinberg (who also worked in Wonder Woman and Grey's Anatomy).
Another heavy hitter who will work on The Sandman is Jon Gary Steele, who will be creating the sets for the series. Steele is up to the challenge of realising the mystic world of Sandman after creating beautiful set designs for other big shows like the Outlander.
The Sandman Plot: On What Comic Book Issues Will The Sandman Be Based On?
Netflix released the official synopsis for The Sandman on their site. It read:
"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 Sandman will be directly inspired by the first three volumes of the graphic novel. This season will cover Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes, Volume 2: The Doll's House, and the first parts of Volume 3: Dream Country.
In the first look Netflix released in September 2021, we saw Dream captured by The Order of Ancient Mysteries and escaping their clutches. Following the plots in the first three volumes of the comic book series, we can likely assume that in this season of The Sandman, Dream will take us along his journey as he reclaims his lost possessions that hold much of his power.
The Sandman comic book has 10 volumes and a total of 75 issues. Most fans hope that all the volumes will be adapted for TV but Netflix has a reputation for cutting a series halfway through. Gaiman reassured his fans that there are safety nets in place to prevent this from happening, with reports that The Sandman Season 2 is already agreed upon.
The Sandman Episodes: How Many Episodes of The Sandman Will Be Released?
Netflix announced that The Sandman will have ten episodes, plus one extra episode. In one interview, Gaiman said that each episode will be "wildly different" from one another. He said:
"You watch Episode 1 and think, 'Oh, I get this thing: it's like "Downton Abbey," but with magic. Then you'll be wondering, 'What the hell is this?' by Episode 2, when you're meeting Gregory the Gargoyle in The Dreaming. Episode 5 is about as dark and traumatic as anything is ever gonna get, then you've got Episode 6, which is probably the most feel-good of all the episodes."
Gaiman will write the first episode with David Goyer. There have been recent reports saying that Netflix is spending $15 million for each episode of The Sandman. With 11 episodes projected, Netflix is may spend at least $165 million for the series.
The Sandman Trailer: Where Can I Watch The Sandman Trailer?
There has been no official trailer released for The Sandman, but we do have a first look released in September 2021. Watch The Sandman first look here:
The Sandman Where to Watch: Where Can I Watch The Sandman?
The Sandman has been a hit classic since its initial publication in 1989. All eyes are on Netflix, with fans waiting in eager anticipation for the long-awaited adaptation of the books. We have high hopes for the adaptation, and it's only a matter of time before we get to take deep dive into the kingdom of dreams.