Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman' is coming to life on a long, winding road

Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman' is coming to life on a long, winding road ...

The Sandman is not just a Netflix hit, but also a career for Neil Gaiman. It not only earns a place among the best adaptations of Gaiman's work, but it also manages to retain the visual appeal of the comic while making clever tweaks to the source material. This is a surprise, if not a welcome one, for fans of The Sandman.

Gaiman has struggled to compose a Sandman adaptation over the past two decades, because he believed that the series would be successful if it was to be put on screen. "In the process of preventing bad Sandman adaptations," Gaiman told Variety during an interview.

Gaiman is not exaggerating: Warner Bros., the parent company that developed the original Sandman books, has made numerous attempts to adapt the popular series. In the mid-1990s, the film studio hired Roger Avary to direct a Sandman film, while Elliott and Rossio launched the Shrek and the Pirates of the Carribbean franchises.

Gaiman said during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con in 2007, that he wanted to see the source material done correctly if it would ever make it onto the big screen. "We need someone who has the same obsessiveness with the source material as Peter Jackson had with 'Lord of the Rings' or Sam Raimi had with 'Spider-Man,' "." Both men would be successful in other genre projects, with Kripke currently showing The Boys and Mangold bringing Hug

The Sandman, a film adaptation of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, was brought to cinemas in 2013 by Gaiman, who planned to direct and produce it. Gordon-Levitt was also involved in the final film in the said trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises.

Eric Heisserer, the last person to work on the series prior to its Netflix release, seemed to be a natural fit for the material. Nevertheless, he departed the project because, paradoxically, he thought the feature film would work better for television than it would for a film. "I went back and said here's the work that I've done. It needs to go to television," he said in a conversation with iO9.

It's a miracle The Sandman exists in its present form. There's the likable cast, including Tom Sturridge as the ethereal Dream of the Endless. Heinberg co-created the Young Avengers and directed the pilot episode of Wonder Woman with Goyer and Heinberg.