Finally caught up on #Sandman! I’m pretty sure that anyone who considers this…

Finally caught up on #Sandman!

I’m pretty sure that anyone who considers this TV adaptation to be “too woke” either wouldn’t have liked the original comics to begin with, or is hung up on characters being played by Black actors, which makes you wonder why they’d choose that hill to die on…

I mean, Death is perfect. Rose is perfect. Unity’s great. Hector is frankly a better version of the character anyway. Lucienne looks the most different, but her performance is spot-on as Lucien.

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The rest of the socio-political aspects, though? The LGBTQ characters? The writer who claims to be feminist while assaulting a woman he keeps locked up in his house? The Corinthian inspiring a century of the worst of humanity and tying it to the dark side of the American Dream?

It’s all there in the source material. It just would’ve been harder to put it on TV back in 1989.

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I’m still enjoying the TV series, on several levels: its own merits, seeing the story …

I’m still enjoying the TV series, on several levels: its own merits, seeing the story i remember brought to life, and thinking about adaptation choices. Like using a modern-day Johanna Constantine instead of John because his CW series is still recent, so it helps differentiate the two series, and adding scenes to establish what she does (and the recurring nightmare) in the episode because you can’t expect the *entire* audience to be familiar with the character like 1989 DC horror readers were.

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Re-read the first issue of the comic & got about halfway through 6The second before …

Re-read the first issue of the comic & got about halfway through 6
The second before stopping myself. Watching episode 2, i think they’ve actually improved on it in some ways. Some of the changes are more emotionally impactful.

Plus they have the advantage of knowing where they’re going this time through.

The Corinthian has a line I won’t spoil here that foreshadows Dream’s overall arc for the full 75 issues.

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People complaining about a non-binary actor being cast as Desire in Sandman. Did they even read the comics?

People complaining about a non-binary actor being cast as Desire in Sandman. Did they even read the comics?

Don’t like the ‘woke’ casting of Netflix’s ‘Sandman’ series? Neil Gaiman doesn’t care
The comic was a genre-busting, gender-bending horror-ish fantasia that simply didn’t care about convention. So when self-proclaimed fans objected to the show casting nonbinary and Black actors, how did they think Gaiman would react?

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And not surprisingly they’re also complaining about Black actors, both in roles where the race isn’t a key characteristic and in roles where the character doesn’t technically *have* a race (ex. any of the Endless, who aren’t even human, they just appear in a form familiar to whoever is seeing them – I mean, we’ve seen some of them as cats and Martians).

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And the idea that Gaiman is somehow capitulating to “wokeness” or progressiveness…again, did they even read the source material that they claim is being sullied?

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Sandman was about stories and change. Dream’s main character arc is realizing that he needs to change, but can’t.

And it was groundbreaking in who it included and what stories it told in the medium…30 years ago.

Freezing the form of the story would be kind of weirdly metatextual, but not nearly as awesome as making something that’s groundbreaking *today* could be.

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Cringe-worthy as “Are you ready to hashtag this?” is, Prez is one of DC’s few post-Convergence comics that appeals to me.

Cringe-worthy as “Are you ready to hashtag this?” is, Prez is one of DC’s few post-Convergence comics that appeals to me.

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Ironically, that’s probably in part because I’m old enough to remember the Sandman guest spot in the 1990s.

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