“The Sandman”, according to writer Neil Gaiman, will surprise audiences by recreating itself each episode. The show will be based on Gaiman’s same-named comic book, which first debuted in 1989 under DC Comics’ Vertigo line before switching to DC Black Label. According to producer Davis S. Goyer, the comic creator has been closely involved with the show’s production, co-writing the pilot and working as an executive producer on the show.
Adaptations of Gaiman’s novels have been increasingly popular in recent years, with television adaptations of American Gods and Good Omens both recently airing. Those projects included a slew of well-known names, and The Sandman is no exception. Gwendoline Christie, who is most known for her role on Game of Thrones, will play Lucifer, and she will be accompanied by Stephen Fry, David Thewlis, and Patton Oswalt. With The Sandman filming prior to releasing its cast, the show’s lineup had been a secret for quite some time. The embodiment of dreams will escape jail and start on a journey to restore order to his domain in the series, but the specifics of each episode are still being kept under wraps.
Gaiman spoke with Empire on the tone of “The Sandman” and how, due to its lack of allegiance to any one genre, it may appeal to a wide range of audiences. While the show will not be an anthology, he says that each episode will have a different tone from the previous one. Because of “The Sandman’s” fantasy nature and portrayal of metaphysical phenomena as personifications, it appears that the program will use this narrative tool to create a fun and unique experience for viewers. Take a look at what he has to say below:
“You watch Episode 1 and think, ‘Oh, I get this thing: it’s like Downton Abbey, but with magic. Then you’ll be wondering, ‘What the hell is this?’ by Episode 2 when you’re meeting Gregory The Gargoyle in The Dreaming. Episode 5 is about as dark and traumatic as anything is ever gonna get, then you’ve got Episode 6, which is probably the most feel-good of all the episodes. If you didn’t like an episode of Game Of Thrones, you probably won’t like any other episode of Game Of Thrones,” reasons Gaiman. “With Sandman, it’s all about surprising you. It’s all about reinventing itself. It’s all about taking you on a journey you’ve not been on before.”
In a lot of ways, diversity appears to be an important component of Netflix’s “The Sandman”, both in terms of tone and in terms of casting. Fans were divided about the film’s casting of non-binary and Black performers, with some feeling that the actors picked strayed too far from the source material. On Twitter, Gaiman defended the casting, urging his followers to view the show before making snap judgments. The show will also be rated TV-MA for language, sex, and violence, giving “The Sandman” plenty of leeway to experiment with new genres and more mature issues.
“The Sandman” sounds like it’ll be an emotional rollercoaster for viewers based on Gaiman’s statements, and it might appeal to a wide range of consumers. Although a newly leaked image provided a glimpse into the program by showing “The Sandman’s” Dream and The Librarian, this is likely only a short glimpse into how the show will ultimately appear and feel if it is continually changing things up. When it premieres later this year, The Sandman has the potential to be an enormous and unique addition to Netflix’s collection.