The ten episodes of season 1 of Sandman will be available on Netflix from August 5th.
1. The pitch
Locked up for more than a century, Morpheus, the King of Dreams, escapes. He has his work cut out for him: his absence has upset both the world of dreams and that of awakening. Sandman then follows this character who will navigate between the two worlds in order to restore order. All in an atmosphere that combines mythology and fantasy.
2. A cult comic
Sandman is originally a series of British-American fantasy graphic novels of approximately 2,000 pages created and written by the British Neil Gaiman from 1989 to 1996 and translated into French in the 2000s. The graphic design of the covers of each episode was signed by Dave McKean, an old friend of Gaiman. The drawing was entrusted to a different artist for each episode.
3. Its originality
Although appeared in comics, Sandman has nothing to do with traditional American superhero comics. His onirism and his less Manichaean treatment set him apart, even if the hero is endowed with powers as a master of dreams. Sandman is the only comic book to have won the World Fantasy award for the episode “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and one of the few to appear on the bestseller list of the New York Times.
4. The cast
The Sandman series has a great cast, starting with Tom Sturridge (also in the credits of the series Irma Vep) who embodies Morpheus on screen. At his side, we find Gwendoline Christie (Game Of Thrones) as Lucifer Morningstar, Boyd Holbrook (Narcosfirst season, Logan) who is the Corinthian or Charles Dance (The Crown, Game of Thrones) which stars Roderick Burgess. Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) and Mason Alexander Park (cowboy bebop) are also part of the cast.
5. Who is it for?
The best analogy is the series American Gods (Prime Video). Logic: Neil Gaiman is the author of the eponymous novel which inspired the latter. Sandman also looks like Lucifer through its appropriation and re-reading of a common mythology. But it is a dark and tortured universe. You could also say it’s for fans of Harry Potter have become adults. The series is banned for those under 18 in the United States.
Adaptations of comics or cult novels often make fans cringe. There is little chance here that this will happen with Sandman because it is Neil Gaiman in person who is in charge of the series for Netflix. He promised it: “It’s a Sandman that is made for people who love Sandman”.