preview for The Sandman – Date Announment Teaser (Netflix)

If you count yourself a fan of The Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s epic fantasy comic book series, you’ve probably had a tough few years. Maybe even a decade. The Sandman, which is a sprawling epic that is considered graphic novel canon, has had a fittingly hellish road to the screen. Thankfully, in 2019, Netflix swooped in and signed a deal to make The Sandman a TV series.

Check out what Gaiman himself had to say about how difficult it was to get a green-light on a fittingly great adaptation of The Sandman: “I didn’t have faith that we’d always get here, but I had faith that the important thing was to stop bad versions being made.” Gaiman told Total Film. “Once a bad version is made, you never quite come back from that. It may sound silly, but when I was 14 or 15, my favorite comic was Howard The Duck… And then A New Breed Of Hero came out. Howard The Duck became a bad joke. I never wanted that to happen to Sandman and I saw scripts that would have made that happen.”

At long last, all 10 episodes of The Sandman will hit Netflix on August 5th. Until then, there’s a brand-new trailer to tide you over. Here’s a quick debrief to prepare yourself for the return of the king.

When Will The Sandman Debut and Who is in the Cast?

Get ready for this list. First of all, Patton Oswalt and Mark Hamill joined the series in voice roles, as Matthew the Raven and Mervyn Pumpkinhead, respectively. (Awesome, right?) The main live-action cast features It stars Tom Sturridge as Morpheus/Dream, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar, Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, and Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian.

Where Can I See a Trailer?

Netflix had been pretty hush-hush about the series—at least until its Comic-Con panel. Before them, the only official footage from The Sandman included a date announcement trailer (streaming above) and a short teaser, which didn’t show too much. But the platform commandeered San Diego Comic-Con’s famous Hall H for a panel this Saturday and dropped a much better look at what’s to come—including a new trailer. While the date announcement preview was heavy on Morpheus and his return, the new footage sets up the being he’ll face off against: The Corinthian. We also get a bit of world-building for the famously thick lore of the series, hearing about how dreams and nightmares of this universe work, as well as how humans will find themselves in danger amidst all the subconscious crossfire. Gwendoline Christie’s Lucifer Morningstar appears in the trailer, too, and you know what? She simply looks awesome. No notes.

For longtime fans of The Sandman, Gaiman has confirmed that the Netflix series’s first season will cover the first two graphic novels. You can sleep well (!) knowing that Gaiman himself has been involved in the production of The Sandman, and has given the adaptation his seal of approval. “I can say that Stephen Fry as Gilbert is waiting for you, Boyd Holbrook as the Corinthian, the serial-killers’ convention,” Gaiman added to Total Film. “We also get to punch above our weight on casting, because there are people who love Sandman and desperately want to be in it. Everybody is on Sandman because they love it. And it’s magic.”

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