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Sandman, the series based on the DC comic, arrives on Netflix

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Less and less is missing for one of the premieres of Netflix most anticipated of the year. Is about Sandmanthe series based on the fantastic and ambitious graphic novel by the British Neil Gaiman, a story that promises to gain fans as soon as it debuts on the platform, this Friday, August 5.

After thirty years of development rumors and several truncated attempts to adapt it to the cinema, the streaming giant decided to produce it in series format and opted for Gaiman himself as showrunner.

The eleven-episode first season is an adaptation of the first two volumes of the work, and will explore how Sandman/Dream/Morpheus, one of the seven Eternals, immortal beings who are in some ways more powerful than gods, ends up in our world. .

"Sandman", the Netflix fantasy series.

“Sandman”, the Netflix fantasy series.

The innovative story will receive a temporary update, jumping from 1989 -the year the comic was published- to 2021. Like the comic, the series will deal with the story of the Dream brothers: Destiny, Death, Destruction, Delirium and the twins. Desire and Despair.

Neil Gaiman’s thumbs up

“For 30 years, my role in Sandman adaptations was to try to avoid the bad ones. And luckily I was always successful at that,” says Gaiman. “In 2020, Sandman It was the biggest DC comic that hadn’t been adapted yet: It was widely considered one of the crown jewels, the adult comic that changed everything.”

Gaiman confessed that this is the first adaptation that seduced him, since the advancement of technology and the growth of television budgets allowed him to build the universe that he imagined and drew in the late eighties.

“For 30 years, my role in 'Sandman' adaptations was to avoid the bad ones.  And fortunately I was always successful”, says Gaiman.  Photos Netflix

“For 30 years, my role in ‘Sandman’ adaptations was to avoid the bad ones. And fortunately I was always successful”, says Gaiman. Photos Netflix

“Technologically, I really think we’re in a place where we can do Sandman in a way that we couldn’t have dreamed of doing 15 years ago, even 10 years ago,” says the English writer.

Dark fantasy and modern myth

“There is another world that awaits us all when we close our eyes and sleep, a place called Dreaming where The Sandman, Master of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), gives shape to all our deepest fears and fantasies,” says the official synopsis of Netflix.

But the plot of the comic and the series starts when Sueño is captured and kept prisoner for a century. His absence triggers a series of events that will forever change both the dream world and the waking world.

The graphic novel series "The Sandman" ran for 75 issues.

The graphic novel series “The Sandman” ran for 75 issues.

In order to restore order, Dream must travel through different worlds and timelines to repair the mistakes he has made during his long absence, revisiting old friends and enemies, meeting new cosmic and human entities along the way. of the road.

To this is added that during his kidnapping, the three key objects that give him power were stolen: the ruby, his helmet and the sandbag. Depending on the platform, Sandman is a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend seamlessly intertwine.

Who’s who in “Sandman”

To Tom Sturridge (The Hollow Crown, the pirates of rock) as the “Master of Dreams” is accompanied by a mostly British cast with young figures such as Jenna Coleman (girlfriend of the protagonist of The snake), who plays Johanna Constantine.

Charles Dance (among other productions, "The Crown" and "Game of Thrones") is Roderick Burgess.

Charles Dance (among other productions, “The Crown” and “Game of Thrones”) is Roderick Burgess.

Kirby Howell-Baptiste (killing eve) will play Death and Mason Alexander Park will play Desire, two of the sisters from Sueño. Boyd Holbrook will be in the role of The Corinthian and Vivienne Acheampong will be Lucienne.

In more secondary roles, important names appear, such as David Thewlis (Harry Potter) as John Dee, Stephen Fry (Gosford Park; Sherlock Holmes) and Charles Dance, the ruthless Tywin Lannister of game of Thrones. To them is added Mark Hamillthe iconic Luke Skywalker from starwarswho voices Mervyn Pumpkinhead.

Sandman was developed and produced by Neil Gaiman, Allan Heinberg and David S. Goyer.

The influential graphic novel

graphic novel series The Sandman it ran for 75 issues: the first was released in the United States in January 1989, and the last in March 1996. It was published by DC Comics’ Vertigo sub-label.

The graphic novel is one of the most original, sophisticated and artistically ambitious series in the genre.

The graphic novel is one of the most original, sophisticated and artistically ambitious series in the genre.

Considered one of the most original, sophisticated and artistically ambitious series of the genre, as soon as it stopped being published it became a popular and cult comic strip. And that is not a fable of superheroes, like so many of DC. In fact, the first third of the series focuses on horror stories, and then evolves into the fantasy genre, incorporating elements of classic and contemporary mythology.

“The truth is that I had zero experience with comics. She was aware of their cultural impact, but had not read them. The first thing I did was get myself one and take a look at it, and I started to dive into the story,” Sturridge said.

I am now an obsessive fan of Sandman: I feel like I’ve read it cover to cover several times, and I feel like I know it intimately,” added the 36-year-old London actor. The Sandman It was one of the first graphic novels to make the best-seller list of the New York Timesbeside Maus, Watchmen Y Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

The series has exerted considerable influence on the fantasy and comic book genre since it was first published. That is why it is considered one of the best graphic novels of all time.

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