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The Sandman: Neil Gaiman explains why the new Netflix series doesn’t live in the DC Universe

Neil Gaiman has explained why Netflix’s latest series, The Sandmandoes not exist in the DC Universe.

The drama is an adaptation of the author’s graphic novels of the same name, which follows the eponymous Sandman (played by Tom Sturridge) who has been held captive for centuries and must travel through worlds and timelines to fix the chaos wrought in his absence .

Gaiman’s comics were originally published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics, between 1986 and 1996.

The first two volumes on which the series debut season, released today (August 5), is based, make direct references to other characters from the broader DC universe.

However, acc diversitya majority of these links and connections have either been largely changed or removed entirely from Netflix’s live-action series.

One example is a moment from the books where John Dee (played by David Thewlis in the series) resides in Arkham Asylum – Gotham City’s infamous prison for the insane – and his appearance resembles DC’s Doctor Destiny, a judicial villain, very similar to league.

Meanwhile, the show’s John takes on the appearance of a normal man and lives in a low-key mental institution.

Speaking to the outlet, Gaiman, who served as executive producer on the show, revealed why they ultimately decided to take their series beyond the DC Universe.

Tom Sturridge in The Sandman

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The Sandman itself started in the DC Universe, the comic book, and then just wandered into its own place,” he said.

“His world was becoming more and more connected to our world and becoming less and less of a world with costumed crimefighters flying around and whatnot.”

Gaiman added, “What that meant at the time The Sandman done, it had its own aesthetic that really wasn’t the DC Universe anymore.

“We didn’t want a television show where you felt like you had to read a whole series of comics that were released in 1988 and 1989 to understand what’s going on.”

Gaiman recently released a message condemning “hostile” fans trying to “monitor” the Netflix series.

Despite the British writer’s penchant for keeping the two worlds separate, he still managed to pay homage to the original character’s roots through a dream sequence in which kidnapped boy Jed (Eddie Karanja) portrays himself as the colorful superhero version of the Sandman, which was created in the USA in the 1970s by comic book artists Jack Kirby and Joe Simon.

“We love DC Comics,” Gaiman said. “It was a dream come true for Jack Kirby-Joe Simon Sandmanas to fulfill the dreams of a 12-year-old.”

Read that of the independent Three star rating from The Sandman here.

The Sandman is now available to stream on Netflix.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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