The Long-Awaited DC Comics Series is Coming to Netflix
Netflix has an array of movies and series coming to the platform in 2022, including The Sandman, a dark fantasy TV show based on the Detective Comics (DC Comics) from 1989. While there is no exact release date yet, Netflix shared that the series will be available on their site and app in 2022.
Season one of the Netflix series will include eleven, one-hour episodes. The creators are incorporating volumes one, two, and possibly part of volume three in the first season and hopes to create more seasons for the rest of the comic books. They also plan to keep the adaptation as similar as possible to the comic book version.
The show had previously been in production, but due to its “unfilmable” nature and some creative differences, the idea was constantly pushed back. Eventually, Neil Gaiman accepted an offer from Netflix, who promised a large budget and a phenomenal cast, an offer Gaiman couldn’t refuse.
About the Series
The series will also include numerous members from the original comic book, including the seven Endless: Dream, Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, and Destruction. The Sandman will follow Morpheus, also known as Dream, as he attempts to correct the mistakes he had made in the past. It will showcase Morpheus being captured when a cult performs a ritual that summons him in 1916, and him being trapped for decades before making his escape to rebuild his kingdom that had fallen due to the chaos of him being unable to fulfill his duties. We will also see Dream as he goes on an adventure to collect his totems of power. These adventures will feature other important characters in the show, like Death, Dee, and Lucifer.
The Cast of The Sandman
The series will have a large cast in order to fulfill the comic book’s storyline. Tom Sturridge, best known for his work on Being Julie, will be playing Morpheus/Dream. The Endless will also include Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, and Donna Preston as Despair. The actors portraying the remaining Endless characters have yet to be announced, but the series will also involve numerous other actors and actresses such as Charles Dance, David Thewlis, Gwendoline Christie, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Fry, Jenna Coleman, Joely Richardson, Kyo Ra, Razane Jammal, Sandra James-Young, Vivienne Acheampong, Asim Chaudhry, and Sanjeev Bhaskar. Patton Oswalt, best known for his work in Ratatouille, Spider-Man (animated), and BoJack Horseman, will also be one of The Sandman’s voice actors. Because of the series’ large cast, there’s expected to be more casting announcements made prior to the series’ release.
The Future of The Sandman Series
While a second season of The Sandman has not been confirmed, Neil Gaiman mentioned that he and two other show creators, Allan Heinberg and David Goyer, have been working on the plot and storyline of the potential next season.
The Sandman (2022) Official Netflix First Look Trailer