A good adaptation of The Sandman has been a dream for fans for long. The series is going to be a much-awaited addition to the DC Universe, and Gaiman himself has been a part of the developing team, which makes it even more exciting.
Neil Gaiman’s other works have been successfully adapted into popular shows, such as Lucifer, Good Omens, and American Gods. So, obviously, the expectations are sky-high when it comes to Sandman.
For your convenience, I have put together everything we know so far about the series. So, if you’re a fan of Sandman, you get everything you need to know in one place. Here’s all that we know and what to expect from the much-awaited series.
The Sandman Release Date, Episode Count, and Schedule
The first thing that we need to know about the series is its release date. The Sandman will premiere on Netflix on August 5, 2022.
Neil Gaiman announced on his Twitter account that the cast started shooting for the show in October 2020. Due to the pandemic, the work had been delayed, but the series is now ready to hit the screens in August.
Gaiman also revealed that the first season will have 11 episodes. All episodes will release on Netflix on August 5, 2022. Details about the first 10 episodes are available. However, there’s no news about who is directing or writing the final episode of Season 1.
The tentative episode release schedule is as follows:
|Episode No.||Title||Direction||Teleplay||Release Date|
|1||TBA||Mike Barker||Neil Gaiman & David S. Goyer & Allan Heinberg||August 5, 2022|
|2||TBA||TBA||Allan Heinberg||August 5, 2022|
|3||TBA||TBA||Jim Campolongo||August 5, 2022|
|4||TBA||TBA||Austin Guzman||August 5, 2022|
|5||TBA||TBA||Ameni Rozsa||August 5, 2022|
|6||“The Sound of Her Wings”||Mairzee Almas||Lauren Bello||August 5, 2022|
|7||TBA||Andrés Baiz||Heather Bellson||August 5, 2022|
|8||TBA||Andrés Baiz||Alexander Newman-Wise||August 5, 2022|
|9||TBA||Coralie Fargeat||Vanessa James Benton||August 5, 2022|
|10||TBA||Louise Hooper||Jay Franklin||August 5, 2022|
The plot of The Sandman revolves around the adventures of Death’s brother, Morpheus, who escaped after being imprisoned for 105 years. Morpheus is also the King of Dreams and one of the seven Endless.
He was imprisoned in 1916 after being captured in an occult ritual. After being imprisoned for so many years, he decided to return to his kingdom Dreaming and restore order. He also decides to retrieve all his stolen artifacts which were taken from him after he lost power.
The makers have made some changes in the plot to adjust the story to modern times. For instance, Morpheus is imprisoned for 105 years in the series, but originally it was 75 years. Which is why the series begins in 2021 and not 1989 as per the comics.
The first season will be adapting “Preludes & Nocturnes” and “The Doll’s House”.
The series is all set to feature an ensemble cast, with Tom Sturridge playing Dream, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, and Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne.
Other members include Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian, Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, Asim Chaudhary as Abel, and Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain.
Netflix also revealed the entire cast, with several actors playing important supporting characters. Check out the tweet below.
In September 2021, Netflix revealed the first look of the series at its TUDUM event. The first look got immense hype as it managed to impress the original fan base quite a bit.
There’s also a new teaser for us to look out for.
Hopefully, in the coming weeks, we will get more such promotional material including trailers and promos, along with new posters.
About The Sandman
The Sandman is an American fantasy drama TV series based on the 1989–1996 comic book written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics. The series was developed for Netflix and is being produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.
The first season adapted the first two comics in the series, Preludes & Nocturnes and The Doll’s House. In 1916, Dream, the king of Dreams and Nightmares and one of the seven Endless, is captured and imprisoned after an occult ritual. After being held captive for 106 years, he escapes and sets out to restore order to his kingdom of The Dreaming.
The Sandman stars Tom Sturridge as Dream, with Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, and Sanjeev Bhaskar in supporting roles.