Neil Gaiman remembers DCU not having ‘self-love’


While we wait for the official trailer and release date of Netflix’s upcoming adaptation sand man From creators, EPs and co-authors Neil Gaiman (good sign); EP, co-author and presenter Alan Heinberg (wonder woman); and EP & co-authors David S. Goyer (Base), TV Goddess (a story from another era) gives us the unique opportunity to revisit another hot topic. But first, a modern history lesson.Back in June 2021, the HBO Max animated series Harley Quinn Co-creator and EP Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacher supply A very sobering revelation about Batman’s sex life. and type On how superhero shows are upending the genre, Halpern & Schumacker explains how a series featuring DC’s villains gives them more leeway to delve deeper into violence, curses, sex scenes, and more.But what if they were heroes? Halpern explains what happened when they got Batman “Up close and personal” Catwoman from a verbal perspective. “A perfect example is the third season of ‘Harley’ [when] We had Batman attacking Catwoman for a while. DC was like, ‘You can’t do that. You absolutely cannot do that. They were like, ‘Heroes don’t do that. So, we said, ‘You mean heroes are just selfish lovers? ‘ They were like, ‘No, this is us selling consumer toys for heroes. It’s hard to sell a toy if Batman is also attacking someone. ‘” Now thanks to Gaiman, we get a reminder that this isn’t the first time DC has dropped a foot (or other body part). Coming to sex and DCU.

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When a fan retweeted a screenshot of an article that reported that Gaiman was told by DC Comics executives that he couldn’t use the word “masturbation” and the reasons they gave why he couldn’t use the word, Gaiman didn’t make his point. Confirmed: “Yes.” So it’s time for a short modern history lesson. From September 1989 to June 1990, DC Comics/Vertigo’s sand man The storyline “A Doll’s House” is chock-full of memorable lines and moments — a serial killer convention probably tops many lists. Now, even though the comic series has defined itself as something very different from anything else that happens in the DCU, it’s still part of the DCU. So you can imagine that the brass of DC Comics would flag anything to do with serial killers and conventions, right? Well, not quite.and san francisco chronicle In 1991, Gaiman revealed that “the only word censored [in that issue] is ‘masturbation’. “If you thought last year’s Batman/Catwoman controversy was another example of history repeating itself, then Gaiman’s follow-up definitely won’t surprise you.” It was explained to me that people don’t masturbate in the DC universe. Actually, that explains a lot. That’s probably why all the characters are wearing tight costumes and scrambling around. “On the plus side? Now that Morpheus is delving into reality streaming, he’s free to have all his dreams want – wet or otherwise.

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Now take a look back at the “Geeked Week 2022” trailer, which includes some new looks for the upcoming adaptation:

Gaiman and Sturridge touched on a number of topics in last week’s interview, including how they translated Murphys’ literary speech to the small screen, how Sturridge felt in the early days of making a nude film, and more:

For Gaiman and the creative team, Tom Sturridge is undoubtedly their Murphys: “After seeing all the other auditions, we could go to Netflix and say, ‘It’s Tom. We know it’s Tom.'”

Sturridge understands why the casting process takes so long: “It’s totally necessary because it’s a character I love so much – I love it more than anyone. It takes you spending time with someone and seeing if they can live up to who you are about him. dreams,” he explained. “I think Sandman is ubiquitous in culture. Even the name Morpheus, the King of Dreams, gave me lingering fears when I was young.”

Beginning nude shoots is a ‘baptism of fire’ for Sturridge: “Introduced to people I’m going to spend nine months naked, it’s an absolute baptism of fire, crawling into a glass box – because of the way it’s built, it can’t be easily taken apart. I really Would be sitting in there for hours at a time, which is pretty safe from COVID,” the actor said with a laugh.

First focus on Murphys’ physical appearance is ‘very happy’ for Sturridge“I’m very concerned about Morpheus’s body and image. We’ve all seen these pictures, we know his bones, muscles, otherworldly physique. And about the physical side of things, it’s exciting that you can work on that. I can make my body look like that – it needs A, B, C and D – in a way that I can’t easily get into Endless Soul. There’s something very satisfying about starting with a quest that can be done , and I try to create this kind of flesh that I find unusual.”

Gaiman on the importance of translating Morpheus’ dialogue style from page to screen: “Morpheus’ dialogue is very specific. That’s probably the thing that fascinates me the most. Someone would write a great script, [showrunner] Allan Heinberg would rewrite a great script, and I would see it in every iteration, but there was always a point at the end that I would still be cranky in the Morpheus dialogue : Make sure the text is correct and the rhythm is correct. “

Sturridge on Gaiman’s portrayal of Morpheus: “I remember [Gaiman] Said to me that every word he said had to be carved in stone. He never improvised. He experiences and perceives every thought, dream and moment, so he knows what you have to say. This is very helpful. “

Gaiman quickly blocks Sturridge’s ‘Dark Knight’ approach: “I used to growl at him, ‘Stop being Batman. He’s trying to be a little bit whispery” (though Sturridge wanted to make it clear that this was his “real first day”, he found this advice “Very helpful””).

A rich blend of modern mythology and dark fantasy, with contemporary novels, historical drama and legends seamlessly interwoven, Sandman follows the people and places influenced by Morpheus, the Dream Lord, to mend the cosmic and human mistakes he has made during his expansive existence.

“The Sandman characters have been breathing, walking around and talking in my head for the past 33 years. I’m so happy that they’re finally out of my head and into reality. I can’t wait until the people out there watch To the dreams we’ve been seeing, the rest have become flesh, and flesh belongs to some of the best actors out there,” Gaiman said at a time. statement Coinciding with initial casting news. “This is amazing and I am so grateful to the cast and all of Sandman’s collaborators – Netflix, Warner Bros., DC, Alan Heinberg and David Goyer, as well as the many craftsmen and Genius – they made the craziest of all my dreams come true.”

Sandman announcement key art.  (Image: Netflix)
Sandman announcement key art. (Image: Netflix)

From Warner Bros. TV, Netflix sand man Star Tom Sturridge, Gwendolyn Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, boyd holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Baska, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Parker, Donna Preston, Jenna Coleman, Niam Walsh, Joely Richardson, David Hughley S, Jorah, Stephen Fry, Razan Jamal, Sandra James Youngand Barton Oswalt.

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