The Sandman welcomes everyone to the world of dreams this summer. The release date for Netflix’s series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved DC graphic novel was just announced during the streamer’s Geeked Week.
Last year’s Geeked Week unveiled the first teaser for the series, which was hosted by executive producer Gaiman himself. Netflix describes The Sandman as “a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy that seamlessly weaves contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend.”
The Sandman is set in the realm of the dreamers, ruled by Morpheus aka Dream (Tom Sturridge). He can move between his realm and that of the human world. He is then captured and held captive by the occultist Roderick Burgess (Charles Dance), threatening reality itself. When Morpheus escapes, he must work to fix his cosmic and human flaws.
Here’s everything we know about The Sandman so far.
The release date of the Sandman
Netflix has set the release date of The Sandman to Friday, August 5th.
All 11 Sandman episodes appear at once.
The road to publication was long and winding. Various adjustment attempts have languished in development hell. Gaiman was first approached in 1991 about a film by DC’s sister company, Warner Bros.
In 2013, David S. Goyer (who has written several Batman films) introduced a Sandman film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. However, the actor left the project due to creative differences.
In June 2019, Netflix snapped up the rights in a deal with Warner Bros. The series was developed by Gaiman, Goyer and Allan Heinberg. Gaiman promised to be more involved in The Sandman than in the TV adaptation of American Gods.
The Sandman cast
The Sandman cast is led by Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, also known as Dream, the King of Dreams and the Lord of Dreams. He is one of seven endless ones embodying eternal concepts. His siblings include Desire and Death.
Sturridge is supported by:
- Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, the ruler of Hell.
- Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, the librarian of dreams.
- Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, a nightmare escaped dreaming.
- Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, a charlatan occultist.
- Asim Chaudhry as Abel, an indweller of dreams based on the biblical character.
- Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain, a resident of the Dreaming and Abel’s brother.
- Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Dream’s sister.
- Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Dream’s androgynous sibling.
- Donna Preston as Despair, Dream’s sister who is Desire’s twin.
- Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, an occult detective and ancestor of John Constantine.
- Joely Richardson as Ethel Cripps, mistress of Burgess and mother of John Dee.
- David Thewlis as John Dee, Cripps’ mad son.
- Kyo Ra as Rose Walker, a young woman targeted by the Corinthians.
- Stephen Fry as Gilbert, Rose’s bodyguard.
- Razane Jammal as Lyta Hall, Rose’s widowed friend.
- Sandra James-Young as Unity Kinkaid, Rose’s benefactor recently awakened from a centuries-long slumber.
- Patton Oswalt as the voice of Matthew the Raven, Morpheus’ emissary.
- Mark Hamill as the voice of Mervyn Pumpkinhead, the caretaker of the Dreaming.
The Sandman teaser trailer
Geeked 2022 unveiled a date announcement teaser trailer for The Sandman, which introduces Morpheus as the king of dreams and ruler of the realm of nightmares. Later, Johanna Constantine is warned that The Sandman is coming – it’s not just a fairy tale.
The first teaser trailer appeared in September 2021 during Netflix’s Tudum event and showed the occultist Roderick Burgess capturing Morpheus.
During Geeked Week 2021, Gaiman hosted a sneak peek video showing off the sets and some props. “For 32 years, everyone who reads Sandman has read the comics. This world is ending,” he said. “I’m here at Shepperton Studios and I’m going to see what happens when you bring dreams to life.”
The Sandman Plot
The Sandman begins in 1916 during World War I. According to Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab), some occultists attempt to capture death in the desperate hope of reviving their fallen loved ones. Instead, they take Dream and imprison him for 105 years. He eventually escapes and sets about restoring order to his kingdom of dreamers.
According to Netflix’s official synopsis, “The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he corrects the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made throughout his vast existence.”