Netflix fans The sand man were surprised last week when the streamer released a special bonus episode on Friday, the episode adapting two standalone stories from the original comic book series The Sandman, the animated “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” from The Sandman #18 and a live-action adaptation of “Calliope” from The Sandman #17. But there was another surprise in the surprise – part of the voice cast of “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” also includes actors from Audible’s The Sandman.
On Twitter, creator Neil Gaiman shared an image depicting the voice cast of “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” which included Netflix adaptation star Tom Sturridge, but also James McAvoy, David Tennant and Michael Sheen. You can check out Gaiman’s tweet below.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) August 19, 2022
Gaiman also revealed that while the bonus episode was a surprise to viewers, it was something that was planned early on, and producer David S. Goyer was the one who originally suggested it.
“It was David Goyer’s suggestion. But we immediately adopted it,” Gaiman said. EO. “We were about to launch the series on streaming platforms, and the decision was made that we were going to launch 11 episodes. We would do 10 episodes, and then there would be an 11th, a special that nobody would know about. is what everyone knew they were buying in. It also meant that we could start the process for these stories very, very early.
The sand man was well received by reviewers, earning a 4 out of 5 review from ComicBook.com: “While purists may lament some of the changes, they ultimately deliver a more cohesive viewing experience that still allows for individual short stories in the most great saga the piece needed for viewers to fully appreciate them. The sand man The team took the Dream comics and crafted a worthy adaptation of a story that is, after all, about how we take the stuff of dreams and apply it to our lives, our art, and our lives. relationships. And after seeing this tease at the end of Season 1, viewers will almost certainly be dreaming of what’s to come next.”
The sand man is now streaming on Netflix.