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Which Scene from “The Sandman” Made Neil Gaiman Cry?

Neil Gaiman, the author of “The Sandman“, discusses his favorite scene from the new Netflix series and the decision to cast Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death.

Neil Gaiman, the author of “The Sandman“, discusses a scene from the Netflix series adaptation that made him cry. “The Sandman“, written by Gaiman and published by DC Comics from 1989 to 1996, had 75 issues. The main character of the tale is Morpheus, the titular Sandman, also known as Dream, who is captured and imprisoned for 106 years before escaping and returning to his now-chaotic kingdom of the Dreaming. In addition to Tom Sturridge, who plays Morpheus/Dream, Jenna Coleman, Gwendoline Christie, Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt, Charles Dance, John Dee, and others, the show also stars Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, Patton Oswalt as Matthew the Raven, Gwendoline Christie, who plays Lucifer, and Charles Dance, who plays Roderick Burgess.

The Sandman” has undergone numerous attempts at a live-action adaptation, but thanks to Gaiman, David S. Goyer, and Allan Heinberg, it has finally succeeded at Netflix. Prior to the switch to television, a film version of “The Sandman“, to be directed and starred in by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was in the works. However, due to creative differences, the story ended up being much longer than the two hours of a feature film. At Comic-Con, the first full trailer for “The Sandman” debuted, giving viewers a good look at the program, which appears to be an accurate adaptation of Gaiman’s original work.

As an executive producer and writer for “The Sandman” series, Gaiman is heavily involved, and the author has shared a scene from the program that, in his words, made him cry the first time he watched it. In his post, he defends the choice of Kirby Howell-Baptiste for the role of Death, Dream’s older sister, citing the scene as justification. Look at Gaiman’s response below:

Though “The Sandman” is likely to contain many moving scenes, it makes sense that Gaiman chose to highlight this particular one. It draws attention to what appears to be a subdued performance by Howell-Baptiste, which suits this specific situation and probably the show as a whole. Gaiman helped direct and inspire “The Sandman” on a daily basis, as evidenced by the cast and creative team’s comments, so it stands to reason that he was involved in selecting the ideal performer to play a significant character like Death.

Even though there has been some debate over “The Sandman” ‘s casting, it ultimately carries the seal of approval from the author himself, making any of those decisions difficult to contest. The fact that so many cast members, especially Sturridge, are huge fans of the comic, lends an air of approval to the series’ creative direction, which appears to have been taken directly from the pages of the DC comic. The long-in-development series is eagerly anticipated, but so far it seems that Gaiman’s original vision is completely intact, lovingly and respectfully following the lineage of the books and providing viewers with a reason to check out “The Sandman” when it premieres on August 5.