EXCLUSIVE! Tom Sturridge, Sandman’s star, talks about Morpheus’ growth in the first season. He says that he begins to feel empathy towards humans.
The SandmanStar Tom Sturridge discusses the growth of his character Morpheus in the first season. He says that he begins to feel empathy. The SandmanNetflix will air its first season, which will be available for viewing on August 5, 2018. The large cast includes Sturridge and Gwendoline Christie. Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman and David Thewlis are also included.
The SandmanBased on Neil Gaiman’s comics with the same title, this series follows Sturridge’s Morpheus through his escape from a century-long imprisonment, and then must work to restore order in his kingdom of Dreaming. The series was in development hell for decades with numerous adaptations failing to make it into reality. Netflix finally approved the series in 2019, after which it has been indefinitely suspended. At SDCC 2022, the creative team released several new teasers for The Sandman, suggesting an accurate recreation of the comics’ look and tone.
Exclusive interview with Screen Rant at Comic-Con, Sturridge talks about what Morpheus’ character arc for the first season will entail. He discusses how Morpheus begins the season feeling apathetic and self-serving. However, his loss of powers forces him to seek out help from humans. This teaches him empathy with others. He also mentions Morpheus’ sister Death (Kirby Howell–Baptiste), who teaches him how to feel for other people. Read his quote below:
I believe that his discovery of this humanity is an important part of the story. He doesn’t necessarily start the way he ends. It’s a quest. He is invincible at the beginning, and it takes the support of others to regain his power. He listens to them while doing so. Death, his sister, also teaches him about how remarkable it is to try to feel. [for]Someone who isn’t you. This is the birth of his empathy, I believe.
Sturridge discusses Morpheus as having a quest for more sympathy, which can be viewed as a fairly typical protagonist arc. Morpheus’ depiction in The Sandman comics shows how self-serving and narcissistic he can be, but as the protagonist, he has to overcome some sort of change for the better for the audience to emotionally invest in his story. It would have been less impactful for the story to be able to feel weighted and the consequences of the plot beats and developments if Morpheus were to stay the same throughout.
It is a good idea to determine how the protagonist is affected and how they have changed over time. Morpheus begins the story in a low place and must confront his deeply held beliefs to reach his goals. This is a solid foundation for any character arc. With The SandmanFans of the comics don’t need to wait too long to see if Sturridge can bring Morpheus’ character development to life with the captivating fascination of the comics.
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