DC fans have been eagerly waiting to see how Netflix is translating The Sandman to live-action. Thanks to Netflix’s Geeked Week, we finally have our first look at the upcoming comic book adaptation.
Netflix released a new behind-the-scene featurette hosted by The Sandman co-creator/executive producer Neil Gaiman. While this clip doesn’t feature any actual footage from the series, it does showcase some of the sets and props created for Season 1. You can watch this video in the player above or embedded below:
Gaiman himself is clearly tickled seeing some of the iconic locations and artifacts from the comic book series recreated in physical form. Among the items glimpsed in this footage, we can see Dream’s helmet and ruby necklace, both of which amplify his control over the dreams of mortals. At least, until they fall into the wrong hands early in the course of the story.
This footage also shows what appears to be the underground lair of Roderick Burgess (Charles Dance) and his cult. The first issue of the comic shows Burgess summoning and trapping Dream inside a supernatural prison, setting the events of the series in motion.
Unfortunately, while we get a closer look at the sets and props being created for the series, we don’t see characters like Tom Sturridge’s Dream or Kirby Howell-Baptiste’s Death in the flesh. For now, fans will have to settle for a few quick glimpses of concept art and storyboards.
Netflix has yet to announce a release date for The Sandman: Season 1. The ten-episode season is currently in production, following a lengthy delay in 2020 due to the pandemic.
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The cast of The Sandman also includes Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar, Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, Asim Chaudhry as Abel, Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain and Patton Oswalt as the voice of Matthew the Raven.
Not everyone was happy with recent casting announcements, but Gaiman made it clear he gives “zero f**ks” about the toxic backlash online.
If you need help brushing up on this sprawling fantasy/horror epic, check out IGN’s Sandman Explained feature.
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