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The Sandman: A Complete Guide to the Gothic Universe

With a dream cast and surreal visuals, ‘The Sandman’ is out on Netflix. Here’s what you need to know more about the novel-based series.

The Sandman: A Complete Guide to the Gothic Universe
Image Credits: Priyanshi Goyal

The Sandman has been one of the most anticipated dramas on Netflix as it is adapted from one of the most unfilmable comics. Written by Neil Gaiman the show is now out on Netflix. A discussion took place between Gaiman and production designer Jon Gary Steele on bringing life to the world of The Sandman as a show and how in CGI – a crazy world they created the sets that captured the true visions of the comics.

The Sandman: A Complete Guide to the Gothic Universe
Image Credits: Priyanshi Goyal

The Sandman stars the giant cast which includes Tom Sturridge as Dream, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Donna Preston as Despair, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar, Patton Oswald as Matthew the Raven, David Thewlis as John Dee, Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess and more. With such a stellar cast the show has a combined vision of Gaiman and Steele and is already catching the eye of the audience.

The Comics was published first in the year 1989 by DC Comics. The Sandman is considered one of the most imaginary, smartest, and most challenging comics of all time.

The Sandman: A Complete Guide to the Gothic Universe
Image Credits: Priyanshi Goyal

It follows the story of Morpheus, the lord of dreams, as he is trying to rebuild his kingdom after being imprisoned by humans for almost 100 years. And now he is traveling to Hell where he meets Lucifer and tracks down a rogue nightmare called the Corinthian, who has teeth for eyes. He decides to embark on a long personal quest to undo the sins of his family, the Endless, eternal personifications such as Desire, Death, and Despair.

The Sandman: A Complete Guide to the Gothic Universe
Image Credits: Priyanshi Goyal

Over the years there were many attempts to turn the iconic graphic novel by Neil Gaiman ‘The Sandman’ into a movie or series and Netflix gives a visual treat to the audience with its lush, moody, and ambitious adaptation that is occasionally based on the borders of camp with its lofty monologues and fashion-forward shenanigans the show remains to stay a complete entertainer.

It has taken more than 30 years to translate the story of Dream and his six eternal siblings from the graphic novel to on-screen, but by god’s Netflix has made it possible.

‘The Sandman’ is an epic that transcends genres and comic conventions courtesy of Neil Gaiman and the giant team of artists. Since there were a lot of characters in both the novel and the series, Gaiman made some changes to update the characters to a contemporary setting and fit the best performer in the auditions.

There’s a story that Neil Gaiman likes to talk about. It is an anecdote from 15 years ago or maybe more. It was when the author walked into a meeting with the ten heads of Warner Bros and pitched a trilogy of films based on his book series The Sandman. Gaiman had resisted making any attempts of adapting any of its 3,000 pages, but now after years, he took the charge to lead it himself.

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Sources: Pinkvilla.com, Bbc.com, and Slashfilm.com

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Manali Shinde is a News analyst and entertainment content writer at Empire Weekly. She is born and brought up in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Multimedia and Mass Communication.

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