Last week, The Sandman dropped on Netflix. Based on the beloved DC comic series created and written by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman follows divine entity Dream as he goes between eternal and human realms attempting to help mankind by creating and controlling their dreams for them.
The series has already been a hit with fans, and has garnered itself a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Having binged it all myself already, I’ve come up with 22 reasons why I think everyone should watch this amazing series.
Firstly, it’s a dark fantasy lover’s dream.
It’s been a long time coming.
Speaking of, rather adorably, Allan Heinberg is a huge Neil Gaiman fan. In fact, they once met at a signing when Allan was a teenager!
This appreciation of Neil meant that he – the original creator of The Sandman – was able to super involved in the series.
Another huge fan of the comics is Tom Sturridge who plays the titular character The Sandman AKA Morpheus AKA The King Of Dreams.
The show’s creators also spent ages casting Dream, so you know they found the right person after all of that effort!
Speaking of cast, this series has a pretty MAJOR ensemble one, including but not limited to Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Joely Richardson, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Jenna Coleman.
And it contains diverse faces and perspectives.
The entire cast did get together off screen and were all pretty close.
You might just recognise some of the characters mentioned.
Speaking of Lucifer, Gwendoline KILLS it as the Hell’s overseer, and she had a hand in creating her character in the series.
Despite only appearing in six issues of The Sandman comics – known collectively as “The Doll’s House” – the Corinthian is big part of season one… and thank goodness, because he’s ace!
The series was shot on location in several amazing places that really breathe life into the series.
There are a ton of little details and easter eggs for fans of the comics.
It’s not just straight-up fantasy – in fact, it’s a cross-genre that tells very human stories too!
You don’t have to have read the comics to get the series.
However, the comics and even individual panels are referenced in the series for those with a hardcore knowledge of The Sandman.
Each episode totally stands alone, but they also connect together too.
If you’re not a fan of CGI and shows and movies that rely too heavily on it, you’re in for a treat.
The costumes and fashion are just amazing!
And finally, Neil Gaiman loves the series, so that’s pretty all the evidence you should need to watch it.
Will you being watching The Sandman? Perhaps you already have! Share your thoughts with us in the comments!