Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” is one of the best sitcoms to have appeared in the United States. Netflix has ventured into an adaptation of the film. Now there are first impressions.
Millions of fans of Neil Gaiman’s era-making series “Sandman” have long been convinced that there could never, but really be, a movie adaptation of this complex comedian. The result: there is a movie based on the Netflix series. The start date has been set, and it starts on August 5th. The first trailer premiered online on Whit Monday — and now many of the model’s readers will be taking a very close look to see if the “Sandman” magic has worn off with a lot of influence.
In fact, “Sandman” was a miracle in US comic history that is probably unimaginable any longer today. In the early 1990s, it became clear to decision makers at Verlag DC, one of the main factories of superheroes, that readership would collapse in the long run. An ever-increasing proportion of those children who have always turned to superhero comics, generation after generation, will in the future be found in the camp of non-readers. And an interesting percentage of reading to kids really has nothing to do with brightly colored spandex beef buns.
Experiments instead of superhero routines
So editor Karen Berger got the go-ahead for the experiment: Under her philanthropic stewardship, comic book makers were allowed to try new ideas and target older, but especially younger, audiences, such as goth kids and others out of date in high school. Berger initially found a new spirit in British storytellers in particular, thus ex-music journalist and up-and-coming, but by no means, famed fantasy author Neil Gaiman got a chance.
The Brit was allowed to extract an old, long-forgotten DC character from the archives and then turn it into something completely different from 1989 onwards. The “Sandman” spoke of the master of dreams, gods and monsters, about a world in which all human ideas, creations and imaginations took tangible form in the world of a Sandman nicknamed Morpheus. Or, not so evident in individual cases, creatures from Morpheus’ world crept into the human world and nested there in heads or even real hotel rooms.
New wave and adventure
Sandman surprised 75 issues through March 1996 with an always-original blend of new wave sensibility, classic adventure spirit, punk-speak, enthusiasm for education, and the seismic feel of current concerns and sometimes a bit of Arty-Fartsy whimsy. The series anthology has made a significant contribution to giving graphic novels a permanent place on the shelves, even in previously bookstores.
Gaiman worked with different artists, and the style fluctuated less than it swayed. Which, of course, was perfectly in line with the theme of the dream. Greek epics and the Bible, modern serial killer folklore and Shakespeare are all filled with characters and ideas, and it was clear to all readers that they might have been missing all the hint. But that’s not frustrating to this day, it’s fun. Anyone who chooses “hypnotic” swims in a large body of water. You’re not quite sure what’s hiding under the surface and are about to nibble on your toes.
Gaiman becomes obsessed
So the Netflix series, in which Tom Sturridge plays the Lord of Dreams, not only need to present a plot and some characters sensibly so as not to deceive fans old and new of the original. It’s about a magical atmosphere, about multiple ramifications, about a crackling sense of possibility. Tolkien readers are eagerly awaiting the new “Lord of the Rings” series on Amazon. But in terms of Middle-earth, Peter Jackson has already shown with his films how you can not please all the hardcore fans, but you can still show enough respect for the books. With “Sandman” the series creators have to find their own way.
The good news is that Neil Gaiman himself is part of the producing team, and Gaiman has always prioritized the integrity of his work over profitable exploitation at any cost. Indeed, Gaiman was not only nominally involved. In interviews, he provided insights into the working process, including: “Morpheus’ dialogues are very accurate. At that point I was probably the most obsessed of all. Someone provided great text pages, viewer Alan Heinberg did a great edit, I looked at him at every stage, but There was always that point at the end where I fiddled with Morpheus’ dialogues: to make sure the terms were proper, and the rhythms were correct.” Well, if you’re already a “Sandman” fan, you’re sure to have more exciting dreams between now and August 5th.