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“I am the king of dreams”

Streaming series, especially Netflix, have fully embraced the golden age of BookTok, the TikTok hashtag where all fantasy, fantasy, fairytale and fairy romance content lives. After the resounding success of their most Lovecraft season of stranger things again, and recent announcements of upcoming gothic fantasy/horror series like 1899, Netflix is ​​apparently committed to adapting everyone’s favorite graphic novels and series into larger-than-life, binge-worthy spectacles.

The series The sand man is the latest addition to this niche but universally appealing list. This story is stylistically equal parts Batman, Dracula, Dusk, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and awesome. Who doesn’t want to enjoy eight to twelve episodes of a group of attractive, brooding individuals interacting with each other about monumental, disturbing matters and ruminating in attractive ways?


The sand man the graphic novels talk about the immortal being the Sandman, or Dream, which is one of the seven “Endless” who go by the names of Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, and Destruction. Clearly, a prioritization of imagination and sleep takes place here. The graphic novels were among the first to hit the New York Times Bestseller list and are set deep within the DC Universe. They pride themselves on having such a large and dedicated fanbase. Adoring fans of the novels are absolutely thrilled with Netflix’s live-action adaptation, which looks promising so far. It will star Tom Sturridge from Far from the raging crown like Dream, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Gwendoline Christie and Doctor Who fan-favorite companion Jenna Coleman.

Here’s everything we expect from the series based on the trailer and why we think you should get excited!

The Sandman trailer: “Ruler of the Nightmare Realm”

The sand man The trailer tells us to expect lots of misty dawn cemeteries, gothic spiers, crows, and lots of black wool coats with popped collars. “I am the king of dreams, the ruler of the kingdom of nightmares,” the protagonist tells us via a voiceover in the opening moments of the teaser. Jenna Coleman’s character, meanwhile, seems like a deadly investigator type who finds herself in a run-in with the dangerously powerful Sandman and his constituents.

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The most we can gather regarding the plot exclusively from the trailer is that Dream was wrongfully imprisoned and evil forces took hold in his absence. Now that Dream is free, he must overcome obstacles and use his immortal power to put the bad guys in their place once and for all, but hopefully over many more seasons.

The story’s creators, writers Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg, explain that Dream’s recent imprisonment is central to the concept. Dream, also sometimes referred to as Morpheus, among other names, in the story, experiences a sea change between his wrongful imprisonment during World War I and his release in 1989 or our modern 2020s in the series. Gaiman said of this change:

“Morpheus’ imprisonment is what begins the story…it’s who he becomes through this time, what he loses, and how this imprisonment and the results of it change him, it’s really the great story of The sand man that we are going to experience this season and future seasons.”

When he returns, his castle fortress and his mighty empire are literally in ruins, so the Sandman must rebuild not only his kingdom or his life. The mortals seem to have allowed him to slip into legend, becoming a “fairy tale”, and it looks like he’s about to prove them all wrong.

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What else to know about The Sandman

The Sandman is one of the seven immortal beings who take center stage in the graphic novels, so he has plenty of leeway for him to interact with them in spectacular fashion. For this first season, it is believed that the main antagonist will be the devil himself, played by Gwendoline Christie. The show will also feature Charles Dance as Sir Roderick Burgess, who accidentally imprisons Dream instead of Death, who he believes is responsible for his son’s death. Also in the cast are Vivienne Acheampong as Sandman’s Head Librarian, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Stephen Fry’s authoritative character Gilbert, Boyd Holbrook’s Mirror Character Corinthian, and David Thewlis from Harry Potter’s deranged character John Dee.

Another important character in the story is the crow, briefly introduced in the trailer. This bird will have an important interaction with the Sandman and a role in his quest to restore his power and authority. In the comics, this bird talks a lot of trash and has all the personality, so maybe the crow will be a source of comic relief in the otherwise dark and nerve-wracking series.

While that’s all known so far, in the meantime, we can enjoy the footage of the hapless but resilient protagonist and his circle of immortal, human intrigue! The series is due out on August 5, 2022.