“The Sandman” season 2 has received an exciting update from producer David S. Goyer ahead of season 1’s premiere, despite the fact that it has yet to even appear on Netflix. For more than a decade, Goyer, who is well-known for writing the Wesley Snipes Blade trilogy and creating the plot for the Dark Knight trilogy, has been attached to adapting Neil Gaiman’s adored graphic novels after initially pitching a movie adaptation to Warner Bros. in 2013. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was supposed to star in and possibly direct “The Sandman” movie, which Goyer was going to produce alongside Gaiman. However, as the script went through several rewrites, Gordon-Levitt left over creative differences, and the project was ultimately scrapped.
Warner Bros. decided to adapt Sandman for television after years of failing to do so. The Logan director pitched a series idea to HBO, but it was rejected, and WBTV turned to Supernatural creator Eric Kripke for an adaptation, but Gaiman disapproved of his plans. Midway through 2019, Netflix acquired the rights to “The Sandman“, and Gaiman was tapped to develop the project alongside Goyer and Wonder Woman’s Allan Heinberg, who are also executive producing the show. The creators of “The Sandman” are reflecting on the difficult process of adapting the comics as well as the potential future of the series as it prepares for its debut.
Den of Geek spoke with the creators of “The Sandman” ahead of the show’s eagerly anticipated premiere to learn more about the Netflix series. David S. Goyer, the show’s co-creator and executive producer, provided an exciting season 2 update, confirming that writing is already underway for the following season and noting how it has been simpler to plan the show’s future after putting season 1 together. Look at what Goyer revealed below:
“In some ways, it’s easier because we’ve educated the audience to the basic ideas. We’ve shown how the dreaming life can affect the waking world. With that groundwork done, the show can now build on those themes. They’re more like jazz, where you get to plan variations. And we get to stretch our wings a bit more.”
It should be noted that while Goyer has stated that “The Sandman” season 2 writing has begun, Netflix has not yet given the show the official go-ahead. This suggests that the streaming service is likely waiting to see how the show does before officially renewing it. The writers of the live-action Cowboy Bebop have already begun putting together some of the season 2 scripts, so “The Sandman” wouldn’t be the first series from the streaming service to have its creative team start writing a future season before the renewal. However, Netflix would cancel Cowboy Bebop after its first season due to the show’s generally negative reviews from critics and viewers alike and low viewership, killing the season 2 scripts.
Having said that, the show’s creators have been adamantly optimistic about “The Sandman’s” potential for success on Netflix throughout its development and production. Gaiman has frequently expressed his enthusiasm for the accuracy of “The Sandman” series, and given that Netflix will be looking for a new tentpole title after Stranger Things ends, the DC Comics adaptation—along with The Witcher, should season 1 be a success—could fill that void. When “The Sandman” premieres on Netflix on August 5, only time will tell.