“You Shouldn’t Trust the Story-Teller; Only Trust the Story”
To understand what Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman truly means to me, you have to go back many many years. As a young child, I spent a lot of time lost in stories and there are many that I enjoyed, but none touched my life the way The Sandman did. I picked up this comic (well Dead Boy Detectives and then The Sandman) at an age that I probably shouldn’t have, I think I was maybe 11 years old. This resonated so much for me and I will never really be able to articulate why.
The Sandman was my first grown-up comic, before then I had been an avid Archie Comics fan and enjoyed a fun one called Meridian by CrossGen, but nothing I had read had ever been this serious. I was a pretty weird kid, a lot of my interests were “abnormal” (Abby-something?), and finding this comic just felt so right. To say that it shaped me as a person is an understatement. As with many major passions from my childhood, the direct line between my discovering this comic book (and Neil Gaiman) and who I am now is very distinct. Now, onto the important things.
August 5th is the release date for this incredible-looking adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic series. It’s going to be here before we know it! Today with Netflix Geeked Week upon us we not only got to listen to some of the cast discuss their characters and answer fun questions given to them by Felicia Day (amazing!), but we also got to see a new look. Check out the trailer below.
I don’t know where to begin! First, I’m so so happy with the casting of Morpheus and with the fact he is a huge fan of The Sandman. Tom Sturridge looks pretty damn perfect. I know this isn’t our first look at him at all, but this trailer just makes me so happy. We also saw a new take on everyone’s favorite John Constatine, who is now known as Johanna Constantine (played by Jenna Coleman) and she seems like she’s going to be really enjoyable. There are so many more things that we saw this time around too, like The Corinthian who just looks as creepy as ever so hopefully we’ll at least see an adaptation of The Doll’s House.
We’re taken into Dream’s Castle to see more of that breathtaking scenery and are also introduced to Lucienne, the librarian in Dream’s Castle. We see a small glimpse of my girl Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) and also Desire (Mason Alexander Park, speaking of Cowboy Bebop), both looking absolutely fantastic. I can’t wait to see more of the siblings and more of the world. August 5th cannot get here fast enough!
There still isn’t much noting how far along we’re going to get in Season 1, but I really hope Netflix doesn’t do what they did to Cowboy Bebop. I’d argue The Sandman and Cowboy Bebop both have a pretty similar size cult following, so I really am nervous about them canceling the show before fans can prove how much they love it. Regardless, whatever they do is going to be extremely thoughtful and exactly what Neil Gaiman had in mind. During his quick interview on Netflix Geeked Week, he told Felicia Day that he was very excited to see his characters come to life and to learn exactly how they sound and how they move through the world. With his guidance and clear blessing, longtime fans of The Sandman can be confident that they will see this beautiful comic come to life in the right way.
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