Netflix, “The Sandman” is based on the cult hit DC comics by Neil Gaiman, first published from 1989-1996. This is the story’s first time onscreen, although Hollywood has been trying to make it for decades, so it’s a long time coming. (Various adaptations have floundered in development hell over the years, including an abandoned film project that was set to star Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Small-screen versions at HBO and Fox were also in talks, but never came to fruition.)The plot follows Dream, aka Morpheus (Tom Sturridge, “Sweetbitter”), who is one of the Endless, which are essentially deities (others members of the Endless, who he calls his “siblings,” include Death, Despair, and Desire; all human-looking figures who have a godlike control over these qualities among the larger populace).
Dream controls the realm of dreams, shown onscreen as a lush green land with an ornate palace. But soon into the first episode, in 1916 London, Dream is captured in an occult ritual.
Wealthy Londoner Roderick Burgess (Charles Dance, “Game of Thrones”) is grieving his dead son, and he’s trying to summon Death to demand his son’s return.Read more on nypost.com