New footage from The Sandman tv series teases a comic-accurate adaptation, with scenes and characters from the source material making appearances.
The upcoming television adaptations of The Sandman releases some new teasers at San Diego Comic-Con, suggesting a series that’s accurate to Neil Gaiman’s comics. An adaptation of The Sandman has been in the works as early as 1991, lounging in development hell for many years, with Netflix eventually agreeing to produce the series in 2019. The adaptation will star a large cast including Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Charles Dance, David Thewlis, and Stephen Fry.
The Sandman follows Morpheus (Sturridge), the king of dreams who was imprisoned in an occult ritual for over a century, who then escapes and sets out to restore order to his kingdom of Dreaming. Similar to the comics, the series will take place in the kingdom of Dreaming as well as the waking world, where a large group of characters will be affected by the aftermath of Morpheus’ escape. Gaiman has discussed how The Sandman will depict the graphic violence in the series, saying it will be a bit more underhanded compared to its print counterparts.
At San Diego Comic-Con, Screen Rant was able to observe some teasers for the series, confirming that it adapts certain moments from the comics. One such clip sees Dr. John Dee (Thewlis) in a diner where he explains dreaming of a whole new world, a scene from Volume 26 of the comics. Another clip from the sixth episode sees Morpheus on a bench talking about vengeance and how worthless it is now that he has it.
A third clip sees a character at a wedding whose body explodes, with Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman) supposedly sending him back to Hell to the ire of Morpheus. Other trailers for The Sandman at Comic-Con have shown comic-accurate portrayals of characters, such as The Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook). With the series premiering on August 5 on Netflix, it’ll be of note to see what story events get adapted in just the first season of what is quite a lengthy story.
The Sandman has had a hard road getting to the small screen, and its teasers so far have indicated that it’ll be a faithful adaptation of the beloved comics. With The Sandman‘s long-reaching influence on the dark fantasy drama, hopefully it will be able to capture the ambitious and compelling storyline without overwhelming new fans. At the end of the day, The Sandman continues to look promisingand hopefully its teasers are representative of what fans can expect for the new adaptation.
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