Successfully adapting one of the most beloved cult comic books of all time was always going to be a tall order, but if the new trailer (watch above) for Netflix’s The Sandman is anything to go by, the streaming giant may have just pulled it off. And now that the August 5th launch date is just around the corner, anticipation around the Man of Many office is high for this big-budget take on Neil Gaiman’s ambitious work.
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Despite being based on a comic, The Sandman series is about as far removed as you’ll get from the traditional superhero fare we’ve been inundated with for the last decade or two. The series boasts an aesthetic that looks more like something of a mix between The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings, and while the Wachowskis’ Neo and co. may have made it to our screens first, The Sandman comic’s style was actually a significant source of inspiration for them throughout their creation of The Matrix universe.
Beyond its striking (albeit obviously soundstage-crafted) visuals, the new series will tell the notoriously hard-to-explain story of the world that waits for all of us when we close our eyes and sleep. This place, called the Dreaming, is where The Sandman (or Dream) gives shape to all of our deepest fears and fantasies. However, when Dream is captured and imprisoned for a century, a series of events is put into motion that will irrevocably change the dreaming and waking worlds. Now, Dream must travel across worlds and timelines to set things right, encountering old friends and foes along the way.
Making full use of its impressive cast led by Tom Sturridge in the title role and featuring Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, along with the likes of Joely Richardson, Patton Oswalt, Charles Dance and David Thewlis, The Sandman will reportedly have 10 episodes, plus one extra episode. So, 11? Whatever Netflix’s plans, we’ll be glued to our TVs on August 5 to see this iconic world brought to life. While we wait, check out the best Australian shows on Netflix.