King of Pop Portraying the King of Dreams
Neil Gaiman has openly spoken about how difficult it was to create a screen adaptation of The Sandman that’d truly match the comic books. Gaiman shared that, back in the mid-90s, Michael Jackson phoned one of the representatives at Warner Bros and put himself up for the role of Morpheus. Gaiman admitted that having the King of Pop play the King of Dreams was a thrilling idea. All they were looking for as a casting preference was an English-speaking actor with well-defined cheekbones. Michael Jackson fit those criteria and, by Gaiman’s admission, would’ve looked iconic in the all-black costume that was thought up for the character.
A Lengthy Casting Process
Although Michael Jackson probably could’ve done the role justice, The Sandman didn’t come out until 2022. Tom Sturridge was cast to play Dream as one of the top picks since casting began. It took weeks of auditions and seeing over 1500 actors to make this casting decision. The diverse cast has gotten a lot of praise. Kirby Howell-Baptiste has done a splendid job playing Death and Jenna Colman has enjoyed her role as Johanna Constantine tremendously. Gaiman praised Gwendoline Christie’s performance saying she was the perfect pick for the role of Lucifer.
The Sandman Is Receiving Positive Reviews
Although it would’ve been amazing to see Michael Jackson play Dream, based on the outstanding reviews that The Sandman is getting, many are saying that Gaiman was right to take his time developing this adaptation. It appears to have lived up to the comic book fans’ expectations and has been on the streamer’s Top 10 list since it came out on Netflix on the 5th of August.