Netflix's The Sandman Trailer: A Quick Breakdown


Another trailer of The Sandman has dropped, and it’s looking better by the minute. The Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s cult-favorite graphic novel series is set to be released on August 5, 2022. 

Despite being a bestseller, The Sandman’s first television adaptation was stuck in development hell for decades before Netflix arrived and ended our suffering. Now, after almost 30 years since the comics’ first release, The Sandman is coming to life. Like the comics, the show will follow the title character, the Sandman, also known as Morpheus or Dream. Morpheus exists in the DC Universe, and some familiar characters will grace The Sandman, albeit wearing different faces from new actors. 

This dark fantasy series has plenty of brilliant material to pull from, so our expectations are high. To prepare for its release, here’s a quick refresher on what went down in the trailer.

Held captive by occultists for over a century, Morpheus (Tom Sturridge) breaks free and returns to his role as the king of dreams. 

Photo by NETFLIX.

Morpheus, or Dream, is one of the Endless—seven beings older than gods and more powerful than most people in the DC Universe. 

Photo by Netflix.

After being gone for so long, Morpheus sets his eyes on restoring his kingdom of the Dreaming to its former glory. 

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Making an appearance is Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman), an occult detective who also happens to be the ancestor of DC’s favorite warlock, John Constantine. 

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Dream’s Endless siblings Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) and Desire (Mason Alexander Park) will make sure to stir the pot in The Sandman. 

Photo by Netflix.
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The Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook), a living nightmare/serial killer who escaped the Dreaming, will pose a threat to Morpheus’ return.

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Morpheus will face an even more complicated adversary in John Dee (David Thewlis), whose tragic story leads down a dark path. 

Photo by Netflix.

Although it briefly satisfied our hunger for more Sandman content, the trailer left us with more questions than answers. For one, Gwendoline Christie’s Lucifer did not appear in the trailer, neither did Charles Dance’s Roderick Burgess. How big of a role will Lucifer play in The Sandman? Will the show explicitly mention other DC characters and the DC universe? 

All our questions will be answered on August 5, 2022, when The Sandman drops on Netflix. 

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