New footage from the television series The Sandman teases a comic book-accurate adaptation, featuring scenes and characters from the source material.
The upcoming TV adaptation of The Sandman releases some new teasers at San Diego Comic-Con and proposes a series based on Neil Gaiman’s comics. An adaptation of The Sandman was in the works back in 1991 and has hung around in development hell for many years, with Netflix eventually agreeing to produce the series in 2019. The adaptation will feature a large cast that includes Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Charles Dance, David Thewlis and Stephen Fry.
The Sandman follows Morpheus (Sturridge), the King of Dreams, held captive in an occult ritual for over a century, who then escapes and sets out to restore order to his kingdom of dreams. Similar to the comics, the series will be set in both the dream kingdom and 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 portray the graphic violence in the series and say it will be a little more devious compared to its print counterpart.
At San Diego Comic-Con, screen rant was able to watch some teasers for the series confirming that it is adapting certain moments from the comics. One such clip shows Dr. John Dee (Thewlis) at a diner where he explains how he dreams of a whole new world, a scene from Volume 26 of the comics. Another clip from the sixth episode shows Morpheus on a bench talking about revenge and how worthless it is now that he has it.
A third clip shows a character at a wedding whose body explodes, with Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman) allegedly sending him back to Hell to the wrath of Morpheus. Other trailers for The Sandman at Comic-Con have featured comic-accurate portrayals of characters like The Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook). With the series premiering on Netflix on August 5th, it will be remarkable to see what story events are adapted in just the first season of a fairly lengthy story.
The Sandman has had a hard time making it to the small screen, and its teasers have so far hinted that it will be a faithful adaptation of the popular comics. With The Sandman‘s far-reaching influence on 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 promising and hopefully its teasers are representative of what fans can expect from the new adaptation.
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