Recreated by famous author Neil Gaiman, The Sandman became one of the most complex stories developed under the wing of DC comics. It is one of the few graphic novels to feature in New York Times Best Seller, alongside the well-known Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns series.
While talking about his experience working on the character, Neil Gaiman commented on how difficult it got for him to develop the characters as they kept getting more complicated. In his book The View from the Cheap Seats, the author expanded on the same, he noted:
“When I began writing Sandman, it would take me a couple of weeks to write a script. As time went by I got slower and slower, until a script was taking me six weeks a month to write.”
The story existed in the DC Universe and also mentions many famous properties of DC comics here and there, but later became more focused on its own plot.
What to expect in Netflix’s Sandman
Netflix’s adaptation also follows the same opening for the character Dream in the comics. Dream, who is the king of Dreams, escapes from his imprisonment by the mortal wizard to restore his kingdom.
The series will also feature the villainous Corinthian, first seen in The Sandman #10. The Corinthian was created and destroyed by Dream for going rogue. Destroyed for not fulfilling his purpose, he was recreated by Dream with some alterations.
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The Corinthian will be played by Boyd Holbrook, previously known for playing the lead in the soft reboot of Predator, the villain in the movie Logan and was also featured in hit-series Narcos. Sandman will also star Tom Sturridge as Dream.
Boyd Holbrook on playing The Corinthian
Since the character will be donning sunglasses, the performance is far more difficult for the actor to deliver as he can’t act with his eyes. Commenting on the same in an interview with Screen Rant, the actor stated:
“At the beginning, when we first started talking about this, I was a little concerned as a lot of acting is done through the eyes. The soul is lying in your eyes. Allan Heinberg and I had a lot of conversations about that, but he really put me at ease because there’s so many other things going on with The Corinthian.”
The actor had many scenes shot in the dark, and eventually found a silver lining in the opportunity, he noted how he never had the chance to play such a challenging character before and how much fun it was.
The Sandman is expected to release on Netflix on August 5 of 2022
Source: Screen Rant