How similar is The Sandman comic? What Neil Gaiman said on the changes

Whenever an adaptation is released naturally many things means change. Has the sniping that comes with turning a book or comic into a show or movie, make it better, worse, different in a way that’s unrecognizable? What does it mean when these changes come from the creator himself?

This question will be on the mind of fans as they watch Netflix the Sandman, of course, is based on the beloved comic of the same name by Neil Gaiman, and developed for Netflix by Gaiman (with David S. Goyer and showrunner Alan Heinberg), who also serves as executive producer. It can kind of provide some comfort, knowing that a producer has so much of a hand in a show that true growth went through hell to bring here. but that’s not to say sandman is without change.

“There were things we were about to go through, Okay, what’s important in each scene? And I’ll talk with Alan about why a scene was written, what I was trying to do, about what I meant, what meant to me,” Gaiman tells Polygon. As for the character; what mattered to me was that we cast an actress who can really convey goodness, who can convey emotions, and the idea that you would fall in love with her a little bit.”

In Gaiman’s mind, Kirby Howell-Baptiste Captured Completely; She was such a personality, as death, can say liberally, “You know you should look both ways before crossing the street,” and you’d like “What he has to say.” It mattered little that Howell-Baptiste, a black woman, matched the character perfectly drawn so many decades ago—though Gaiman said that wasn’t always the case.

Lucifer leaned on a table and was snoring a little

Photo: Lawrence Sandrowicz/Netflix

“I mean, that was a reason Why Gwendoline Christie Was So Perfect as Lucifer, She looks and feels like Lucifer in every way that Mike Dringenberg and Sam Keith were attracted to sandman #4. So that alone — but the fact that she can also include Lucifer, that she’s brilliant and impressive and really dangerous,” says Gaiman. “That’s cool, that’s what we need.”

There were a few updates that Gaiman felt were necessary as the story moved to TV. Beyond the Optics of Casting, episode of the Sandman The original comic centered on death draws from “The Sound of Her Wings” and merges it with a short story called “Winter’s Tale” that Gaiman wrote. In other chapters, sandman Makes a few changes to the story here and there — the show’s episode “24/7” changes into a runaway from the true brutality of the “24 Hours” chapter, or instead reinforcing a singular nod to the Dreaming’s Castle. The ever changing palace. Martian Manhunter is no more.

“We tried to reproduce the comics properly, and it didn’t quite work out,” Gaiman said. Said in Vanity Fair video Discussing some changes in the form of ‘endless’ domain. “And then we had to think: Well, how would this work?

A shot of the Realm of Desire, a Desire-shaped building with an open heart, standing above the clouds

The scope of the Desire was something Gaiman cited as the change he wanted to make
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“Comics were always biblical; sometimes they were more of the Old Testament. We let things change, but the things that have changed have changed over time or with the need to make something into television.”

In addition, many actors say that they were given free rein to make their characters work for them, working with Gaiman and Heinberg to perform true to the “spirit” of the work, only to One thing Gaiman felt was important was to retain.

“I think in terms of room for play, a lot of it came from exploring relationships with other characters, as we’ve seen it on the page, but how does that work in real life?” Howell-Baptiste says. “For me, I used the source material in the comics because it’s SleepBasically, for my character.

“He gave me the script before telling me who the character was. So my reading was really comfortable. And from that, they obviously really wanted to respond and wanted me to go with what I’m bringing. So I felt a lot more freedom and freedom to play and explore from Neil and Alan.”

Joanna Constantine holding a cross and reading from the ritual

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Jenna Coleman, who plays Johanna Constantine, agrees, although her character has changed a lot since the book iteration. For him ConstantineNow seen at the top of her game and in service to the royal family, it was a deliberate move to embrace Change for character,

“We have seen Various ConstantineVarious interpretations have been given through many different mediums. And I think it was a very deliberate reason that I was tasked with in terms of Neil and Allen’s vision, and a very deliberate move and departure in terms of costume,” Coleman says. That her callback audition was with Gaiman, who was “like I’ve never seen such a green light in my entire life.”

“I’m sure, you know, like so many adaptations have split from their creator. While […] the Sandman Neil has a dream, a 1989 comic for its debut, and now, for the show on Netflix, “says Coleman. “He’s taken his job straight away and re-imagined it. And so for me, just his To be possessed and to know that we had His seal of approval—that allowed us to be more independent in our work.”

Additional reporting by Tasha Robinson.

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