‘The Sandman’: Is the Netflix Series Based on a Book?

Tom Sturridge as Morpheus/Dream in 'The Sandman,' which is based on a comic book series. He's wearing a long, black coat and standing before a field. Matthew the Raven is next to him.

The Sandman just made its debut on Netflix, and the series has already climbed to the front of the streamer’s Top 10 in the U.S. Starring Tom Sturridge, The Sandman delivers a dark and fantastical story reminiscent of a sprawling fantasy novel. But is The Sandman actually based on a book? Read on to learn what inspired the new Netflix series.

What is ‘The Sandman’ on Netflix?

Tom Sturridge as Dream in ‘The Sandman’ | Laurence Cendrowicz/Netflix

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Those who hadn’t heard of The Sandman before it made its way onto Netflix may be wondering what the series is all about. The show follows the Lord of Dreams, Morpheus (Tom Sturridge) — also known as Dream — as he attempts to restore his realm to its former glory.

Dream is captured by a mage at the beginning of The Sandman, and his imprisonment keeps him away from home for decades. When he finally returns to the Dreaming, it’s in a state of disrepair. Nearly all of his dreams and nightmares have gone elsewhere, and he’s lost the artifacts that enhance his powers.

The Sandman Season 1 sees Dream tracking down his subjects and his tools, all while dealing with threats to the Dreaming and the waking world. There’s a lot going on in the first batch of episodes, and he comes into contact with many intriguing characters — including his siblings, the other Endless. Most of them are pulled straight from the pages of the source material: the comic book series The Sandman is based on.

Is ‘The Sandman’ based on a book?

The Sandman boasts a large cast of characters and a complex story, both of which may leave viewers wondering if the Netflix series is based on a book. The answer is yes. In fact, The Sandman is the adaptation of a DC comic series written by Neil Gaiman. The source material is set in the DC Comics universe, but the Netflix show doesn’t have any relation to Warner Bros. Discovery’s DCEU.

The Sandman comic series consists of 10 main volumes, which contain what originated as weekly chapters. If you’re hoping to read the entire series, here’s what order to pick them up in:

Vol. 1 – Preludes & NocturnesVol. 2 – The Doll’s HouseVol. 3 – Dream CountyVol. 4 – Season of MistsVol. 5 – A Game of YouVol. 6 – Fables & ReflectionsVol. 7 – Brief LivesVol. 8 – World’s EndVol. 9 – The Kindly OnesVol. 10 – The Wake

Fans can also find these volumes bound together. As GQ notes, The Absolute Sandman and The Annotated Sandman both condense all ten volumes into four hardcover books, the latter of which contains annotations about the series. Additionally, The Sandman Omnibus binds the entire story together in two huge books.

There have also been a number of spinoffs to The Sandman comics over the years, some written by Neil Gaiman and others not. Those looking to dive into the world of …read more

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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