Sandman was really the graphic novel that got me into reading comics. With its stories of the seven Endless – personifications of abstract ideas including Dream, Death, Desire and Destruction who were gods in a DC Universe that had gods – it caught me at just the right time, just as I was sporting a Robert Smith hair cut at university.
It was also the comic that introduced the world to Neil Gaiman, who has of course gone on to many mighty and varied things, including writing episodes of Doctor Who, movies such as Stardust (2007), books for children and adults, and TV shows based on his books, such as Good Omens.
There have been various attempts to adapt Sandman for other media over the years, including a movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the most successful being a series of audio plays for Audible featuring James McAvoy as Dream and Kat Dennings as Death.
Netflix has been trying to adapt the comics into a TV series. That seemed initially like it was going to be as successful as the movie adaptations that preceded it. But look at this, will you! We have an honest to God teaser trailer, as well as a behind the scenes featurette. And it looks both good and authentic, which will please the fundamentalist Sandman fans out there. Of which there are many.
The cast looks pretty good, too:
- Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne
- Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain
- Asim Chaudhry as Abel
- Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer
- Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine
- Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess
- Stephen Fry as Gilbert
- Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian
- Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death
- Sandra James-Young as Unity Kincaid
- Razane Jammal as Lyta Hall
- Patton Oswalt as Matthew the Raven
- Mason Alexander Park as Desire
- Donna Preston as Despair
- Kyo Ra as Rose Walker
- Joely Richardson as Ethel Cripps
- Tom Sturridge as Dream
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