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The Sandman, based on the beloved comic book series written by Neil Gaiman, has its Netflix release date: August 5, 2022. The new trailer is nothing short of magic.

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There is another world that waits for all of us when we close our eyes and sleep — a place called the Dreaming, where The Sandman, Master of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), gives shape to all of our deepest fears and fantasies. But when Dream is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for a century, his absence sets off a series of events that will change both the dreaming and waking worlds forever.

With the Sandman imprisoned, nightmares run free and no longer recognize their master.

To restore order, Dream must journey across different worlds and timelines to mend the mistakes he’s made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and foes, and meeting new entities — both cosmic and human — along the way.

Based on the beloved award-winning DC comic series written by Neil Gaiman, THE SANDMAN is a rich, character-driven blend of myth and dark fantasy woven together over the course of ten epic chapters following Dream’s many adventures. Developed and executive produced by Gaiman, showrunner Allan Heinberg, and David S. Goyer.

Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine

The series is described as: “A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.”

Originally published across 75 monthly comics and one special, The Sandman was the flagship title of DC Comics’ Vertigo line for adults for years and inspired a number of spin-off series. The series introduced The Endless, seven personifications of primal forces like Death and Destiny, eternal spirits of god-like power, but distinct from the rest of the DC Comics universe.

Instead of John Constantine, we have his ancestor Johanna (Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman), who DOES play a part in the original comic series, only not so early. The scene with Mad Hettie was originally John Constantine talking to Hettie. Gaiman created the character of Johanna as a tribute to Alan Moore, who created the character of John Constantine.

Other actors on the show include Gwendoline Christie (as Lucifer), Joely Richardson (Ethel Cripps), David Thewlis (John Dee), Patton Oswalt (voice of Matthew the Raven) and Stephen Fry (Gilbert).

The series is Executive Produced by Neil Gaiman, Allan Heinberg, & David S. Goyer.

Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman) is the showrunner and David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) is executive producer.

This is Sandman being made, for people who love Sandman, by people who love Sandman, and I cannot wait until people see this.

NEIL GAIMAN

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