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So how does Netflix’s “The Sandman” compare to Neil Gaiman’s comics?

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Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comic series is an iconic series loved by fans the world over – and now it’s finally coming to the screen.


The Netflix series premieres on the streaming platform on Friday. Fans of the original may wonder how it compares to the comics they know and love.


The Sandman follows Dream, a member of The Endless (Tom Sturridge) who must get his tools back and rebuild his empire after being trapped and imprisoned for over a century by a human named Roderick Burgess (Charles Dance).


Here, examines how the comics and the Netflix series compare to each other.


The Sandman recreates the stories that appear in the first two volumes of the original comics: Preludes and Nocturnes and The Doll’s House.


With the exception of one chapter, the show adapts all of the stories in both comics from Sleep of the Just to Lost Hearts.


Fans of the comics will no doubt recognize which stories will appear in the show based on the titles of each episode which are: “Sleep of the Righteous”, “Imperfect Hosts”, “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, “One Hope”. in Hell”, “24/7”, “The Sound of Her Wings”, “The Doll’s House”, “Playing House”, “Collectors” and “Lost Hearts”.


Fans of the comics who are concerned about how well the show adapts Gaiman’s original work need not worry, as showrunner Allan Heinberg and co-creator David S. Goyer felt it was especially important to remain as faithful as possible to the story they love to stay .


Both Heinberg and Goyer certainly lived up to that promise, as the Netflix show proves to be a beautiful adaptation that captures the magic of Gaiman’s original work.


Sets are recreated to look like the original artwork, scenes have been shot to reflect their comic book counterparts, and the cast is handpicked for the roles they play – ignore the complaints trolls have about the “awakened” cast of actors such as Kirby Howell -Baptiste and Vivienne Acheampong as Tod and Lucienne respectively.


Heinberg and Goyer spoke with them on adapting the original work for the small screen, both stating that they really wanted to approach the story from a fan’s perspective, which they are.


“Basically, I think fans will be shocked at how faithful it is to the comic. The adaptation was made with love by a team of people who devoured the comics when they were originally published,” Goyer said “For myself, I wanted to acknowledge the work of Neil Gaiman. He’s a creator who has had an incredible impact on me as an artist. I hope our audience has the same experience.”


Heinberg added, “I hope so because it was conceived and adapted by someone who loves The Sandman as a fan, and since it’s coming out monthly, I hope we’re coming from the same place. You know, everyone’s experience of the book is different, but I brought my love for it and my understanding of what other people love about it and then made that very important.


“We were very determined from the start that it wouldn’t be like doing a literal adaptation, literally putting the pages on screen. That way we wouldn’t be able to evoke the soul of Neil’s project in the comics and so we had to really embody and dramatize it,” he said.


“Neil was really excited to open it. So we wanted to give Sandman readers everything they love about the book and more. Bringing everything to life in a way that feels new and fresh, but also coexists with them memories of what Sandman is comfortable and then more.


“More Dream, more Corinthian, more backstory, more of everything in every way, so even for the most die-hard Sandman fans there were surprises, we wanted to please and surprise them.”


Heinberg continued, “Our Sandman universe is very separate from the DCU (DC Comics Universe), and particularly in ‘Preludes and Nocturnes’ and ‘A Doll’s House’ there are some very strong ties to the DCU that we had to reinvent around to tell our story.


“And Neil, as I said, the bravest and kindest member of staff, understood why we had to do this and really wanted to roll up his sleeves and get on board with us and help us through it,” he said.


“Well, the best part sandman is that it’s essentially authorized, you know, Neil has checked every word and frame of it and loves every word and frame of it. So if you love Neil Gaimans The Sandman that’s that and more.


The Sandman launches on Netflix on Friday, August 5th.

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