Neil Gaiman is a highly influential author known for his dark fantasy and science fiction works. He has written several popular novels, including The Graveyard Book, Good Omens, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. However, one of his most iconic creations is the Sandman comic book series, which is now being adapted into a television series by Netflix. Fans have eagerly awaited this adaptation for a long time, and Netflix is finally bringing it to life. The Sandman series originally started in 1989 and has since expanded and become a significant part of DC Comics’ lineup. The exciting news is that the TV series will be released later this year. Let’s dive into what we know so far.
Is there a trailer for The Sandman?
While we eagerly await a full-length trailer for the Sandman TV series, Netflix has treated us to a date announcement teaser. This brief glimpse sets the tone for the show, showcasing a dimly-lit and atmospheric atmosphere. The story revolves around Morpheus, the ancient deity of dreams, who has been absent for a significant period. Now, he is making his long-awaited return to a world that has undergone considerable changes in his absence.
Netflix has shared a sneak peek of the Sandman series in a first-look teaser. The teaser shows a group of people performing a ritual to capture Death, but they end up summoning her sibling instead. It provides a brief glimpse of the magical and intriguing world of Sandman.
When will The Sandman premiere on Netflix?
Netflix has revealed the highly anticipated release date for the first season of The Sandman. During their 2022 Geeked Week, it was announced that the series will premiere on August 5. Fans of the series won’t have to wait much longer to dive into the world of Sandman on Netflix.
The cast of The Sandman
Netflix has assembled an impressive cast for The Sandman, with several notable actors taking on important roles. Tom Sturridge will portray the titular character, supported by Charles Dance and Gwendoline Christie from Game of Thrones, Kirby Howell-Baptiste from The Good Place, David Thewlis from the Harry Potter films, Stephen Fry, and Jenna Coleman from Victoria. The series will also feature Boyd Holbrook, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Joely Richardson, Kyo Ra, Razane Jammal, Sandra James-Young, Vivienne Acheampong, Asim Chaudhry, and Sanjeev Bhaskar in various roles. Additionally, Patton Oswalt will lend his voice to a significant character in the series.
The first season of The Sandman is expected to adapt the storyline of The Sandman, volume 1: Preludes & Nocturnes. This narrative focuses on Dream’s capture by Burgess and his followers in the early 1900s, leading to his imprisonment for 105 years. In 2021, Dream manages to escape while being monitored by Burgess and his son Alex, a character who has not been officially announced in the cast but is potentially portrayed by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, credited as “Alex” on the show’s IMDb page.
Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, known for his role in Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor, may be recognized by some viewers. After Dream escapes his captivity, he finds his realm of Dreaming in disarray and embarks on a quest to reclaim his totems of power: a pouch of sand, a helm, and a ruby. Along his journey, he encounters significant characters such as Death, Lucifer, and Dee. These adventures contribute to the unfolding storyline of The Sandman.
Based on the information shared by Netflix and Neil Gaiman, Season 1 of The Sandman is expected to include elements from The Doll’s House storyline. In this storyline, Dream embarks on a new quest to retrieve his creations that have escaped from the Dreaming. The season will also introduce two of Dream’s siblings, Desire and Despair. As an adaptation, the TV series may make some changes from the original story due to the differences between mediums. However, with Neil Gaiman as an executive producer, fans can anticipate that the essence and spirit of the comic series will be preserved, regardless of the show’s direction.
How many episodes will there be?
The first season of The Sandman will consist of 10 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately one hour. This is in line with the typical format of hour-long Netflix drama shows. Fans will be able to binge-watch all episodes as they will be released in their entirety on the same day.