No show is ever fully faithful to its source material, but fans of 'The Sandman' were taken a back by certain changes.
Netflix's 'The Sandman,' an adaptation of the acclaimed comic book series created by Neil Gaiman, spent a full month at the top of the streaming service's lineup. It's since lost its spot, but the impression made by Gaiman's dreamworld was lasting. Many people are now turning to the comics, dismayed by the network's silence on the show's renewal, while old fans of the series dig out their timeworn copies.
'The Sandman' Was a Gamechanger
We've all noticed the presence of the LGBTQ+ community in the new series, from non-binary Desire to Lucille Balle in drag. Many have wondered whether or not this was a major shift in the franchise considering its age. But this is one aspect of the original they left untouched. In an interview with Pink News, Gaiman said that many of his friends at that time were a part of the community, and he wanted to represent them. He claims that he did receive a letter from Concerned Mothers of America declaring a boycott, but sales kept increasing, so he ignored them.
There Were Major Changes to the Characters
Many of the characters underwent cosmetic changes. Lucienne the librarian was actually a feeble old man, who played a much less important role in the story. Johanna Constantine underwent a gender swap as well. Her name was John, but when you consider their personalities and choice of lovers, they were basically the same person. Lucifer was somewhat different. The original was inspired by David Bowie. He was very similar in appearance to Gwendoline Christie's adaptation, but his features were angular, while her's are rounded.
John Dee Was Heavily Altered
In the comics, John Dee looked more like burn victim or a corpse. When he used the ruby at the diner, he forced the people there to fall down and worship him like a god. John was also a part of the DC Universe, which was removed from the show. He was originally Doctor Destiny, and he had been locked up at Arkham Asylum. He had a conversation with Scarecrow before he made his escape.
Dream's Appearance was Also Heavily Altered
Dream was never a pretty emo with perfect bangs and pouty lips. When the light hit his face, he didn't look like a Greek God. He was wild and old. His face was thin, and he had a thick black mane that resembled something out of an 80s hair band. He did undergo changes over the years, but he was never privy to the level of sexualization you see in the show.