Lucifer leans on a table and growls a little

How similar is The Sandman to the comics? What Neil Gaiman said about the changes

When an adaptation is released, there will naturally be a lot of talk about what the changes mean. Does the storytelling that comes with changing a book or comic into a show or movie makes it better, worse, or different in an unrecognizable way? What does it mean when these changes came from the Creator Himself?

This question will probably be on fans’ minds while watching Netflix hypnoticbased on the beloved comic of the same name by Neil Gaiman, and developed for Netflix by Gaiman (along with David S. It might provide some comfort, in a way, knowing that the creator has plenty of hand in a show that has gone through development hell) The real one to get here. But that doesn’t mean Sandman without changes.

“There were things to go to, Well, what is important in each scene? And I talk with Alan about why a scene was written, about what I was trying to do, what I meant, and what I care about,” Gaiman told Polygon. “You take a character like death; What mattered to me was that we picked an actress who could actually convey kindness, who could convey feelings, and the idea that you were going to fall in love with her a little bit.”

In Gaiman’s mind, Kirby Hoyle Baptiste totally captured it; She was the type who, like Death, could generously say, “You know you have to look both ways before crossing the street,” and “kind of like it to say.” It was less important that Howell-Baptiste, a black woman, was a perfect match for the character drawn many decades ago – although Gaiman said that wasn’t always the case.

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“I mean, that was one of the reasons Gwendolyn Christie was so perfect as Lucifer. She looks and feels in every way like the Lucifer drawn by Mike Dernenberg and Sam Keith. Sandman #4. That alone — but the fact that she can also embody that Lucifer, it’s really cool and hypothetical and really dangerous,” says Gaiman. “That’s fine, that’s what we need.”

There were a few updates Gaiman felt were necessary as the story moved to television. Beyond Casting Optics, Loop hypnotic It centers around death from the original comic “The Sound of Her Wings” and combined it with a short story called “Winter’s Tale” written by Gaiman. in other classes, Sandman Make a few changes here and there to the story – moving away from the true brutality of the “24 Hours” chapter in the adaptations to the show’s “24/7” episode, or promoting a unique look for a dream castle rather than an ever-changing castle. Martian Manhunter doesn’t exist anymore.

“We tried to reproduce the comics completely, and it didn’t quite work,” Gaiman said in a Vanity Fair video discussing some of the changes to the look of Endless Domains. “Then we had to think: Well, how are you going to work?

A shot of Desire World, a Desire shaped building with an open heart, standing above the clouds

The Realm of Desire was something Gaiman cited as a change he wanted to make
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“Comics were always the Bible; sometimes they were more than the Old Testament. We let things change, but things that have changed tend to change with time, or with the need to make something of the television.”

On top of that, several actors say they got unleashed to make their characters work for them, working with Gaiman and Heinberg to solicit shows that felt true to the “spirit” of the work, the one thing Gaiman felt was important to him. preservation.

“I think in terms of the play space, a lot of it came from discovering relationships with other characters, because we saw that on the page, but how is that in real life?” Howell-Baptiste says. “For me, I used the source material in the comics because it He wentBasically, for my character.

“They gave me the script before they told me who the character was. So my reading was really instinctive. And judging from that, they were obviously really responsive and wanted me to run with what I was bringing. So I felt a lot of freedom and liberation for Neil and Alan to play and explore.”

Joanna Constantine holds a cross and reads from the rite

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Jenna Coleman, who plays Johanna Constantin, agrees, although her character has changed a lot from iterating the book. For her Constantine, now seen at the top of her game and in service to the royal family, it was a deliberate move to embrace the change in character.

“We’ve seen different Constantines, and there have been different interpretations through a lot of different mediums. And I think it was a very deliberate reason to take my lead in terms of seeing Neil and Alan, and a very deliberate step and departure in terms of costume,” Coleman says. She noticed that her callback test was with Gaiman, which “was kind of like I’ve never had such a green light in my entire life.”

“I’m sure, you know, like a lot of mods that are very separate from their creator. While […] hypnotic It’s Neal’s dream, both of which are 1989’s comic in their prime, and now, for this Netflix show,” Coleman adds. “He took his work straight and reimagined it. And so for me, just having him around and knowing we had his seal of approval — which allowed us to be more free in our work.”

Additional reporting by Tasha Robinson.

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