We’ve been refreshing our inbox all day because we knew the news of Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman was going to drop in it at any moment. Suffice it to say, when the goods were finally released, the squeeing commenced at Chez T Lo. We’ll start with the poster art:
STUNNING, areweright? Tom Sturridge could not be more perfectly cast as Dream/Morpheus/Sandman and to those of us who obsessed over the graphic novels, it’s genuinely thrilling to see the helm and castle. We couldn’t have been more excited by the announcement that Jenna Coleman had been cast as Johanna Constantine, but it’s genuinely surprising to see the character in modern clothes. We’ll get to that in a second. Now for the squeeing part (which also comes with a slight disappointment part,) the trailer:
This is exactly the kind of adaptation we’d hoped for when it was first announced: epic, well-cast with world-class actors, and (we’re shallow; sue us) expensive as hell. These stories lend themselves really well to the kind of seasons-long deep dives that Game of Thrones was capable of when it was at its best and it’s exciting to see how well-rendered everything looks, not just in terms of the visuals, but in how closely it seems to adhere to the themes, characters and plotlines of the book series. HAVING SAID THAT, walk with us through the luxe visuals for a moment…
First, we’re genuinely interested/confused by Johanna being a modern-day character instead of the 18th Century adventuress of the books. That will have repercussions for several of the more important storylines and we’re intrigued as to how they’re going to interpret them. Second, we think the casting could not be more dead-on across the board, especially Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death and Stephen Fry as Gilbert. We like Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer but we remain underimpressed by her costume design. Third, we remain excited and continue to squee, but there’s definitely a sense of deflation when a beloved book – even a graphic novel – gets adapted for film or television. There’s an instant flattening effect as all the parts you imagined in your head get locked into someone else’s interpretation. And because TV is what it is, this comes off way more action-oriented than the books actually were. They tended to be much more about myths and magic and death than they were about guns and shouting, but that’s how these things tend to go. Still, we CAN’T WAIT for this one and we’ll have MUCH more to say when it premieres on August 5th.
When the Sandman, aka Dream (Tom Sturridge) — the powerful cosmic being who controls all our dreams — is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for over a century, he must journey across different worlds and timelines to fix the chaos his absence has caused.
Based on the beloved award-winning DC comic series written by Neil Gaiman, THE SANDMAN is a rich, character-driven blend of myth and dark fantasy woven together over the course of ten epic chapters following Dream’s many adventures. Developed and executive produced by Gaiman, showrunner Allan Heinberg, and David S. Goyer, THE SANDMAN is Produced by Warner Bros. Television. The series also stars Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt, Vivienne Acheampong, Gwendoline Christie, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Vanesu Samunyai (formerly known as “Kyo Ra”), John Cameron Mitchell, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Joely Richardson, Niamh Walsh, Sandra James-Young, Razane Jammal and Mark Hamill.
Out of their panel at Geeked Week, Neil Gaiman, Allan Heinberg and cast reveal the Official Teaser and news that Mark Hamill will voice beloved character Merv Pumpkinhead.
Executive Producer / Showrunner / Writer: Allan Heinberg
Executive Producers / Writers: David S. Goyer, Neil Gaiman
Starring: Tom Sturridge, Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt, Vivienne Acheampong, Gwendoline Christie, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Vanesu Samunyai (formerly known as “Kyo Ra”), John Cameron Mitchell, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Joely Richardson, Niamh Walsh, Sandra James Young, Razane Jammal and Mark Hamill
THE SANDMAN debuts globally on Netflix on August 5th.
[Photo Credit: Netflix – Video Credit: Netflix/YouTube]
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