As far as Neil Gaiman’s adaptations go, “The Sandman” is right in the middle. The source’s strengths accentuated it through some of its weaknesses, but it had some weaknesses – most of which brought out their ugly heads at the outset in the first 10 episodes of the first season. The main weakness is: Dream yourself, Tom Sturridge.
Sturridge is mistakenly referred to as the King of Dreams, appearing less often as an awe-inspiring primordial entity and more as an emo mopey boy with ruffled hair. Dream is a difficult role for anyone – it’s less about acting than about the aura one radiates: scary, inhuman, cosmic, and maybe even a little cruel. The star of “The Sandman” has always been a sticking point – the only actor who could play Dream might be David Bowie in the ’70s. Still, it’s true that Sturridge has gone to great lengths to mimic the full phrasing. Dream’s haunting (in the comics, his text bubbles are black and whispery compared to everyone else’s standard white) and rather pale and skinny looking, but his performance mostly carries again “Edward’s Constipated Face in ‘Twilight’” energy.
To find out if the changes the Netflix series have made – shifting the timeline to modern times from its original setting in the late ’80s, changing some characters’ gender and race – have Effective or not will affect spoiler territory too deeply, and to be honest, a bit too romantic. But most of the changes still work, though some of the less successful ones feel like a symptom of what I like to call the “Netflix effect”. Some elements are a bit too clean, too glossy, too soft to create the visceral impact a few strokes on a comic board can. In a word, there were images from the comic “Sandman” that burned themselves in my brain; there are scenes from the Netflix series “Sandman” that remind me as soon as they walk in.
https://www.slashfilm.com/953255/the-sandman-review-still-dreaming-of-a-great-neil-gaiman-adaptation-but-getting-closer/ Still Dreaming of a Great Neil Gaiman Adaptation – But Getting Closer