Hey everyone! Do you like The Sandman? Do you like this new series? We hope so because today we have prepared a quiz, especially for you! Answer twenty questions and find out which character from The Sandman you are!
The Sandman is an American fantasy drama television series based on the 1989–1996 comic book written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics. The series was developed by Gaiman, David S. Goyer, and Allan Heinberg for the streaming service Netflix, and is produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. Like the comic, The Sandman tells the story of Morpheus, the titular Sandman. The series stars Tom Sturridge as Morpheus, with Boyd Holbrook, Vivienne Acheampong, and Patton Oswalt in supporting roles.
Efforts to adapt The Sandman to film began in 1991 and floundered in development hell for many years. In 2013, Goyer pitched a film adaptation of the series to Warner Bros. Goyer and Gaiman were set to produce alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was planned to star and possibly direct. However, Gordon-Levitt exited over creative differences in 2016. Due to the prolonged development of the film, Warner Bros. shifted its focus to television. Netflix signed a deal to produce the series in June 2019, and filming lasted from October 2020 to August 2021.
The Sandman premiered on August 5, 2022. It received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise going towards the casting, production design, costumes, faithfulness to its source material, visual effects, and performances, particularly those of Sturridge and David Thewlis, though some criticized its pacing and story, which they thought was too faithful to its source material.
Morpheus, the personification of dreams and one of the seven Endless, is captured in an occult ritual in 1916. After being held captive for 106 years, Dream escapes and sets out to restore order to his realm, The Dreaming.
The creative team sought to faithfully adapt the source material, beginning with the first season adapting “Preludes & Nocturnes” and “The Doll’s House”. The creators have made significant narrative changes from the source material with Gaiman’s approval and also received feedback while creating the sets, with Heinberg saying “everything gets Neil’s eyes and his feedback”. The team was inspired by the art from the comics, with the props and sets being created to be faithful to the comics. The series features changes intended to modernize the source material for a contemporary audience. For example, it begins in 2021 rather than 1989, with Dream now having been imprisoned for 105 years instead of 75 years. Other characters were similarly updated, as “… if we were creating this character now, what gender would the character be? … who would they be? What would they be doing?”. Updates had included expanding the role of The Corinthian into being the Big Bad for the first season, various characters and storylines being altered, and references to other DC Comics characters such as Martian Manhunter and Mister Miracle were removed while Doctor Destiny and John Constantine were rewritten as new characters, John Dee and Joanna Constantine, respectively. Gaiman opted to remove references to the DC Universe as the overall Sandman series moved away from the initial ties with the DC Universe, as well as avoid potential implications that the series would tie into other DC Comics adaptions in the future. The role of Matthew was also expanded in the series for Morpheus to have someone communicate his thoughts with, which was depicted as thought bubbles in the comics and impractical to do in live-action. However, Gaiman also felt that upon re-reading the comics, he “in a weird way did all the work” as he thought the comics “had kind of been rather ahead of its time”, with Heinberg adding “The Sandman comics were leagues ahead of everybody in the late ’80s in terms of the depiction of women, race, sexuality and gender “. He also said, “we knew we wanted to expand the world and make some changes” while creating the series.
Goyer, Heinberg, and Gaiman met at Gaiman’s house to discuss the first season, in which they came up with the story for the first episode in two days. They often discussed “Why is it essential that we tell the story of The Sandman right now?”, with Heinberg stating that the answer “has informed every creative decision we’ve made since: The Sandman is an exploration of what it means to be human. To be mortal and therefore vulnerable. Capable of being hurt, but also capable of loving and being loved. The Sandman is the story of an honorable, arrogant king who slowly—very slowly—learns how to love. How to be a loving friend, a loving brother, a loving father.” Goyer summarized the series as “a story about a god who, over the course of the story, sheds his godhood and becomes mortal and learns what it means to be mortal … It’s a story about a really fucked-up dysfunctional family. The Endless, even though they are godlike beings, they all have their petty squabbles. Some of them hate each other. Some of them love each other. It’s just that when they have fights, entire worlds and universes suffer” and called it a melodrama. He opted to include the standalone issues in the series in which Morpheus did not appear, as he felt that it was “One of the things that’s wonderful about Sandman” and felt those issues did not involve Morpheus but were set in that world. He added that Morpheus was sometimes a protagonist and catalyst for events in the series. He described Morpheus as a character who “cares about humanity in the abstract, but not in the specific”. Gaiman also felt that the Sleeping Sickness epidemic in the series was “incredibly apt” due to “some incredibly dreamlike moments because we were shooting during a pandemic”.
Which character from The Sandman is your favorite? And which of them resemble you the most? Answer twenty questions and find out now!
How many questions are there?
There are 20 questions.
What can you get as a result?
Dream, Corinthian, Lucienne, Matthew the Raven, Johanna Constantine
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