Netflix has released an official comparison video highlighting just how comics-accurate the dialogue in its adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman is.
The clip being showcased comes from The Sandman's sixth episode, "The Sound of Her Wings," in which Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) chastises her younger brother, Dream (Tom Sturridge), for feeling sorry for himself now that he no longer has a clear objective. By comparing the live-action scene to panels from DC's Sandman #8, Netflix's video illustrates the fact that the exchange between the siblings plays out just as it did in the comics, almost word-for-word, with only minor alterations.
Written by Gaiman, penciled by Mike Dringenberg, inked by Malcolm Jones III, colored by Robbie Busch and lettered by Todd Klein, Sandman #8, also titled "The Sound of Her Wings," was originally published in 1989. The issue is famous for marking the first appearance of Death of the Endless, older sister of Dream of the Endless (aka Morpheus).
The issue opens with Dream feeling mopey and directionless after successfully reclaiming his three totems of power and defeating the villainous John Dee. Death soon arrives on the scene to try and snap him out of it, calling her brother "the stupidest, most self-centered, appallingest excuse for an anthropomorphic personification on this or any other plane." Death then invites Dream to experience a day in her life, which involves escorting the souls of the departed to the afterlife.
Netflix's The Sandman officially debuted on Friday, Aug. 5. Consisting of 10 episodes, The Sandman Season 1 adapts Preludes & Nocturnes and The Doll's House, the first two arcs of the original comic book series. Published under DC's now-defunct Vertigo Comics imprint, The Sandman was created by Gaiman, Dringenberg and Sam Kieth, running for 75 issues from the late '80s to the early '90s. The Sandman was one of the first graphic novels to appear on The New York Times Best Seller list.
In addition to Sturridge and Howell-Baptiste as Dream and Death, respectively, Netflix's adaptation stars Boyd Holbrook as the Corinthian, Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, David Thewlis as John Dee, Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, Patton Oswalt as Matthew the Raven, Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Mark Hamill as Merv Pumpkinhead, John Cameron Mitchell as Hal Carter, Vanesu Samunyai as Rose Walker and Razane Jammal as Lyta Hall.
The Sandman Season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix.