Neil Gaiman had to convince The Sandman star to stop being Batman

Neil Gaiman had to convince The Sandman star to stop being Batman ...

The Sandman, the long-awaited adaptation of the seminal Vertigo comic book series, is making its live-action debut later this year. It''s not your typical superhero show, but it is still based on Morpheus''s mythical nature. When he finds his way into the character, he also finds himself in a Batman impersonation.

The Sandman creator/executive producer Neil Gaiman and his leading man Tom Sturridge, both spoke briefly about the challenging process of bringing Morpheus to life. Gaiman emphasised that he was extremely protective of the characters'' dialogue, which he believes is absolutely specific.

The Morpheus dialogue is quite specific. It was probably the topic I was most obsessive about. There would always be a point at the end where I would still be noodling on the Morpheus dialogue: making sure the words were correct, and the rhythms were correct.

In comics, the dialogue of Morpheus is always presented in white lettering against black speech bubbles, which gives him a differentworldly sense. However, Gaiman provided Sturridge with a beautiful explanation of Dreams'' style of speaking that allowed him to understand the role.

You said to me that everything he says has to feel like it was etched in stone. Hes never improvising. He has experienced and experienced every thought, dream, and moment, and therefore he knows what he will say. That was absolutely beneficial.

Although discovering the Sandmans'' voice was a bit tricky, Gaiman continued to joke that he had to give his star a telling-off at one point. I grew at him once and said, stop being Batman,'' Gaiman recalled. He was attempting to get a little bit whispery.

It was literally my first day! Sturridge said before admitting that Gaimans admonishment performed the trick. It was incredibly helpful.

Sturridge is joined in the series by an impressive ensemble of performers including Gwendoline Christie, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Charles Dance, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Fry, and Patton Oswalt. There has yet to be a release date, but we may know that the 11-part first season of The Sandman will hit Netflix sometime before 2022.