Netflix’s remarkably authentic adaptation is oh-so-nearly brilliant: The Sandman review

The Sandman: key information

– Releasing exclusively on Netflix on Friday, August 5
– Based on Neil Gaiman’s iconic fantasy comic book series
– Developed by Gaiman, Allan Heinberg, and David S. Goyer
– Co-produced by Warner Bros. Television Studios
– Stars Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Boyd Holbrook, Vivienne Acheampong, and Jenna Coleman among others
– First season comprises 10 episodes

A live-action adaptation of The Sandman has been a long time coming. 33 years have elapsed since Neil Gaiman’s iconic and subversive comic book series was originally released, but a movie or TV show based on the British author’s beloved works has never materialized.

There are numerous reasons why – chief among them being Gaiman’s reluctance to attach himself to the myriad of ultimately failed attempts to bring The Sandman to the big or small screen.

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