Jaiman joined Netflix series, including Tom SturridgeGwendolyn Christie, Jenna Coleman and Kirby Howell Baptist, at Hall H panel on Saturday in San Diego Comic Con. The team first introduced a number of clips and the full trailer below.
The event was the culmination of the comic book, which was first published in 1989 before stumbling through a lengthy adaptation, and eventually hit Netflix in the summer of 2019. “What I’m really excited about is that in less than two weeks, it’s become everyone,” Gaiman told the crowd. “It feels really good.”
Showrunner Allan Heinberg said his plan was to remain “as loyal to the book as possible” and added, “Netflix has been incredibly supportive of this mission.”
The story centers around dreams breaking out of prison and aiming to stabilize his world. The show’s cast recounted a lengthy casting process, including landing Sturridge in the main role.
Gaiman remembered Sturridge’s audition for Dream early on, but the team saw several actors afterward. “By the end of the process, we’ll have about a thousand auditions,” Gaiman said. “He was still Tom.”
Sturridge praised the show for bringing out a completely different world in each episode and recalled being a fan of the source material. “I took a great interest in this piece of literature,” he said. “I spent months reading it over and over until it was in my bones and in my blood.”
He continued, “The key to our story is that Dream goes on a journey, and becomes someone he wasn’t at first.”
For the role of Lucifer, Gaiman recalled his initial concept of the character inspired by David Bowie’s character that Gaiman saw as an “addicted angel”. He taunted Christie playing Lucifer, “Gwendolyn brings an addictive angel in spades.”
For her part, Kristi went on to talk about this: “I’m a one-stop shop for addicted landlords.” She went on to say, “I was really happy when Alan and Neil Lee came to me to participate in them Sandman. “
The actress also said that she enjoyed playing such a gruesome role. “The idea of being the essence of evil through these people’s eyes was the most joyful moment I wished,” she said.
Two of the series’ voice actors are Patton Oswalt as Matthew the Raven and Mark Hamill as Mervyn Pumpkinhead. A lifelong fan of the comics, Oswalt said that his character provided comic relief and that it was a unique challenge to play a role that does not appear in the original books.
“I’m playing a completely new character in this world,” Oswalt said. “He’s running to catch up with that huge world he’s been thrown into.”
Howell-Baptiste, who plays Dream’s sister Death, said she spent a lot of time thinking about the idea of resurrecting Death. “How do you give human form to a concept, to death?” She asked. The actress said she spent the time figuring out how to make her character feel comfortable being around her.
“I had a personal loss that I think I was able to overcome in Death,” she added.
As for Gaiman, he said he was able to stay focused on bringing the show to screen because of the respect others still have for the material: “Nobody wanted to change what I did.”
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