Netflix’s The Sandman: Release Date, Trailer, Plot, Cast, and More

Netflix's The Sandman: Release Date, Trailer, Plot, Cast & More

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is lauded as one of the best comic book series ever written and as far as we are concerned, The Sandman is certainly at the very top of absolutely every category. The story, the characters, the visuals… whichever aspect you pick, The Sandman is a true masterpiece and that is why very few people actually dared to go and try to adapt it.

With a little luck and boldness, Netflix has undergone the difficult task of bringing The Sandman on screen, and in this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about the show.

The Sandman is an upcoming streaming series produced by Netflix and based on the cult-classic comic book series written by Neil Gaiman. Netflix signed a deal to produce the series in June 2019, and filming lasted from October 2020 to August 2021. The show is currently heavily marketed by Netflix, but we don’t have an official release date yet; we assume that the show will arrive sometime during 2022, or 2023, but not later.

The rest of this article is going to bring you all the known and unknown information related to the upcoming Sandman streaming series that is set to appear on Netflix. You’re going to find out about its potential release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story will be about, and much more about this upcoming series based on one of the best comic books ever written.

The Sandman release date

In June 2019, Netflix signed a deal with Warner Bros. to produce the series and placed an order for 11 episodes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. offered the series to numerous broadcasters, including HBO, which declined to go ahead with it due to its massive budget. Netflix got it as part of its attempts to get big licenses and attract subscribers.

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The series is to be developed by Allan Heinberg, who will serve as executive producer alongside Gaiman and David S. Goyer. Gaiman said he would be more involved than he was in the television adaptation of his novel American Gods (2001), but less than in the adaptation of Good Omens (1990).

The series was originally going to start filming in late May of 2019, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In September 2020, Gaiman revealed on his Twitter that filming will begin in October if the pandemic allowed them to do so. Filming began on October 15, 2020 and ended in August 2021.

Since then, Netflix has heavily marketed the show, revealing cast details, character posters, trailers, and production stills, but as of the time of writing this article – we still don’t have a release date! Since the show is more or less complete, we expect the show to appear sometime in 2022, possibly in 2023, but we think the former is a much more solid option. We’ll just have to wait a bit more for Netflix to confirm it.

The Sandman trailer

As we have said, Netflix has been working heavily on the marketing for The Sandman, releasing a lot of promotional material for the show months before its official release. The first insight into the production was released on June 8, 2021, when Netflix received a behind-the-scenes video from the production of the show. You can check it out here:

But that’s not the end of it. On September 25, 2021, Netflix received a first look trailer with scenes from the show, which you can also check out here on our site:

Ultimately, it has been some time since the first look trailer, but we have gotten some character posters and production stills in the meantime. Netflix is probably going to release a proper trailer announcing the official release date soon, but we don’t know the exact date of the trailer’s release, so we’ll have to wait a bit for the official confirmation. In the meantime, you can enjoy the videos above.

The Sandman plot

The exact plot of The Sandman is unknown at this moment; we do know that it will follow Dream waking and escaping century-long imprisonment, and then returning to Dreaming to restore order to his realm. Other details are, as of yet, unknown, but Netflix will certainly reveal more information in the upcoming months. Until then, we will bring you a global overview of the comic book’s plot so that you know what you can expect, roughly at least.

The protagonist of The Sandman is Dream, the anthropomorphic personification of dreams themselves. He is known by a wide variety of names, headed by Morpheus, but also Oniros, the Shaper, the Prince of Stories, and very rarely by the Sandman (after the Celtic legend about a goblin who threw sand into the eyes of sleepers. thus allowing them to sleep).

This last name gives the series its title (The Sandman), although it is practically an inheritance from another character with the same name within the DC universe.


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The plot of the stories takes place in the past but evolves to the stories set in the present, where after the years of imprisonment he has the opportunity to rethink his mistakes. But how much can a creature as old as the universe change? An important theme within the series is that of responsibility and its consequences; the contrast between the duties that Dream imposes on itself, and the renunciation of obligation that Destruction chooses.

Gaiman summarized the plot of the series as follows: “The king of Dreams learns that one must change or die and makes the decision for him.”

Dream belongs to a family known as the Endless, consisting of seven siblings; each one is the anthropomorphic representation of a concept. They are, from largest to smallest: Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, and Despair (who are twins), and Delirium (formerly Delight).

Most of the stories take place in the Dreaming, the realm of Morpheus, and the waking world; though there are frequent scenes in alternate realms such as Hell, Alfheim, Asgard, and the realms of other Endless. Many of the stories in the waking world take place in the current United States and the United Kingdom, but in the stories that take place in the past, places like China, Russia, or Africa are also visited.

The Sandman cast

Netflix has, so far, revealed most of the cast and crew behind the upcoming Sandman series. Now, some other actors are certainly going to appear in the show, but luckily, we’ve been introduced to the main cast and we know who is going to play the major characters from the comic books. The cast is as follows:

  • Tom Sturridge as Morpheus / Dream, he king of dreams and the ruler of the Dreaming.
  • Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, the ruler of Hell.
  • Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, the librarian of the Dreaming; the character is a gender-bent version of Lucien, who is the Dreaming’s librarian in the comics.
  • Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, a nightmare who escaped the Dreaming.
  • Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, a charlatan occultist.
  • Asim Chaudhry as Abel, a resident of the Dreaming; the character is based on the Biblical Abel.
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain, a resident of the Dreaming and Abel’s brother; the character is based on the Biblical Cain.
  • Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Dream’s kinder and wiser sister.
  • Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Dream’s androgynous sibling, with whom he has a strong rivalry.
  • Donna Preston as Despair, Dream’s sister who is twins with Desire.
  • Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, an occult detective and an ancestor of John Constantine; we are going to see two versions of the character, one from the eighteenth century and another from the present day.
  • Joely Richardson as Ethel Cripps, Burgess’s lover and the mother of John Dee.
  • David Thewlis as John Dee / Doctor Destiny, Cripps’s insane son whose quest to find “truth” endangers the world. He was described as a character “who could break your heart and keep your sympathy while taking you into the darkest places.”
  • Kyo Ra as Rose Walker, a young woman who searches for her lost brother and becomes the prey of the Corinthian.
  • Stephen Fry as Gilbert, Walker’s charming bodyguard.
  • Razane Jammal as Lyta Hall, Walker’s friend and a widow mourning her husband Hector Hall.
  • Sandra James-Young as Unity Kinkaid, Walker’s benefactor who has recently awakened from a century-long slumber.
  • Patton Oswalt as the voice of Matthew the Raven, Dream’s emissary.

Is Netflix’s The Sandman going to be faithful to the comics?

We know that Gaiman’s Sandman is a thought-provoking, yet ultimately strange experience and that craziness, however masterful, is very hard to adapt, especially since the comic book is a completely different medium than television or film. How will the show handle all of that? Is it going to be a faithful adaptation or a loose one?

We’ve seen from the cast that some elements are going to be different, but changing the gender of a character doesn’t really mean that the show is not faithful to the original.

One of the show’s creators, award-winning writer David S. Goyer, was asked about this aspect and this is what he had to say:

I think it’s a very truthful adaptation, and some of the individual issues that we adapted, that were perhaps the trickiest standalone issues in Gaiman’s run, have ended up being the most interesting and genre-bending episodes. And I’m really proud of those.

– Goyer, in Collider

And there you have it. Goyer claims that the show will be faithful to the original comics and knowing how Gaiman likes to adapt his comics, we think that it will be, more or less, a faithful adaptation of the original comic books.

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