Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Dreams of Netflix

It’s official, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is finally getting a live-action treatment and we can thank Netflix for this wonderful news.  Long before American Gods and Good Omens, Neil Gaiman was one of the first of the so-called British Invasion of American comics spearheaded by the runaway success of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison.  These three writers not only breath new life into comics at a time when things seemed to be going stale, and Neil Gaiman made his name with a little comic called Sandman.  Sandman is considered a DC/Vertigo comic but it didn’t start out that way.   Sandman, or Morpheus the Lord of the Dreaming, started out firmly entrenched in the DC universe and gave us one of the cutest versions of Death ever.  (Think, Helen Bonham Carter in her younger, cuter fewer madwoman days.)

It’s official, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is finally getting a live action treatment and we can thank Netflix for this wonderful news.  Long before American Gods and Good Omens, Neil Gaiman was one of the first of the so-called British Invasion of American comics spearheaded by the runaway success of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison.  These three writers not only breath new life into comics at a time when things seemed to be going stale, and Neil Gaiman made his name with a little comic called Sandman.  Sandman is consider a DC/Vertigo comic but it didn’t start out that way.   Sandman, or Morpeus the Lord of the Dreaming, started out firmly entrench in the DC universe and gave us one of the cutest versions of Death ever.  (Think, Helen Bonham Carter in her younger, cuter less madwoman days.)

Sandman introduced a new patheon of godlike beings that were the living embodiments of highly existential concepts ruling mankind – Dream, Desire, Destiny, Delirium, Destruction, Despair, and Death.  They are call The Endless as they would presumably exist until the end of man or time – which was never exactly clear.   The first arc of Sandman involved obscure DC heroes and Justice League villains realized into perfect nightmares.  When DC decided to create the Vertigo imprint and brought comics like Sandman and Swamp Thing into its fold, the stories got away from being achored to the main DC universe even if the character began to appear in various DC comics throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s.  (There is an excellent Justice League story where they had to fight Starro through the realm of dreams and those affected by the classic DC villaim were having an effect in the dreaming.)

I would personally prefer if Neil Gaiman’s Sandman became and animated series mirrored the experiment art style of the first story arc (which had various artists and work because of this fact.)  But if they had to do a live action I trust Netflix to get it right even if they couldn’t include characters like Hector and Lyta Hall or Dr. Destiny.  Or maybe they can.  After all Doom Patrol brought us almost every insane storyline from Grant Morrison’s run and revealed in every inch of weird that one created, so why can’t Netflix do exactly the same thing with Sandman.  Of course they’d have to kill of Matt Cable in the DC Universe Swamp Thing series just so he could become the Raven.  Can’t see it happening but a comic geek can dream.

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