Sandman is a comic series about mythic gods who control humanity’s various states of unconscious being. These gods, like Death, Desire, and Dream, have the ability to shapeshift to look like anything or anyone.
So, when fans complained about Death being played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste, a black women, or Desire being played by Mason Alexander Park, who is non-binary, Gaiman went to Twitter to defend the decisions made for the show.
“I spent 30 years successfully battling bad movies of Sandman,” tweeted Gaiman. “I give zero f**** about people who don’t understand/ haven’t read Sandman whining about a non-binary Desire or that Death isn’t white enough. Watch the show, make up your minds.”
The gods change forms a lot in the comic series, so there really isn’t only one way to view these characters. Desire is even described as him-, her-, and itself- in Sandman Vol. 10. But as Gaiman says, “You’d have to have read the comics to know that. And the shouty people appear to have skipped that step.”
With all the consideration and careful planning of this adaptation, I’m sure it’s going to be a great one!
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