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John Dee of The Sandman explained: Dreams do come true

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Editor’s Note: The following contains The Sandman spoilers.While Netflix’s Adaptation Neil Gaiman‘s the Sandman Like the comic books that follows the story, the series also changes a few things at the core of the main characters, including John D (David Thewlis) In the comic books, Gaiman tried to write endless epics within the confines of the DC universe. So, when it came time to cast the big villain for their first volume, prelude and nocturnalIn this, the author used a forgotten Justice League villain, John Dee, aka Doctor Destiny. However, for the series, Netflix could not use other DC characters, which led them to adapt the villain’s origins. So, who is Netflix’s John D the Sandman, And how did he change the villain for the live-action adaptation?

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Instead of choosing an existing villain and pitting him against Morpheus (tom sturridge, the Sandman Depends on John Dee’s connection to Morpheus’s captivity. This is because, in the series, John de Roderick Burgess is the unwanted child of Os Magus (charles dance), the master of the mystic arts who summoned and framed Morpheus for over a century. John’s mother, Ethel Cripps (niaam walsho ,Jolie Richardson), runs away from Magus when she learns she is pregnant – Magus wants to force her to have an abortion. She also steals Dream’s equipment from Magus’s vault, a choice that will unfortunately curse her son forever.

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To escape London and make a living for herself in America, Ethel sells Pouches of Dream Sand. She trades the Dream’s Helm with a demon from Hell in exchange for the Amulet of Protection. The Dreamstone ruby, however, she keeps for herself, lends the jewel to her son on his birthday, so that he can make his dreams come true. Accustomed to the power of the Dreamstone, John stole the tool from his mother and changed its properties so that it could only answer his dreams. However, the power of the Dreamstone is too much for any human mind to handle, and once Jon loses control, he ends up killing many people. So Ethel decides to lock her son in a mental institution, where he lives for thirty years. Even worse, Ethel instructs the doctors to never mention the Dreamstone, deceiving John about the artifact’s existence.

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After Morpheus escapes from prison, the Corinthians (boyd holbrook) learns that his former master will try to retrieve his tools. To prevent Morpheus from regaining his lost powers, Nightmare convinces Ethel that she is in danger. Scared of the possibility that Morpheus is coming to avenge her and John for stealing her equipment, Ethel visits her son in a mental facility. There, she gifts him the Amulet of Protection, and tells him to never go after the Dreamstone again.

Despite Ethel’s pleas, John uses the Amulet of Protection to escape the mental facility and follows the ruby. After decades of heavy medication and lying about the existence and powers of the Dreamstone, John develops a pathological aversion to lies of any kind. Of course, as we all know, lying is part of adult life and an important tool to use in everyday life. Unable to understand this, John uses the Dreamstone to dispel the lie from the waking world. And this, of course, leads humans to fulfill their deepest desires without thinking about the consequences, which in turn leads to great destruction.

By removing all kinds of lies from the world, dreams also go away. Therefore, John’s childish visions of truth and falsehood result in the disappearance of hope, imagination, and wishful thinking. It is no surprise that he becomes one of Morpheus’s greatest enemies, as the King of Dreams has a responsibility to ensure that people in the waking world continue to dream, so that life becomes bearable.

netflix the Sandman John retains all of Dee’s powers and her status as Morpheus’s first great nemesis. However, the series erases the villain’s connection to the Justice League, focusing only on his family history. This allows the series to explore the broken psyche of the villain, turning him into a terrifyingly bad guy. And with a stellar performance from Thewlis bringing John D to life, the Netflix series turns out to be the best adaptation of the story we could have dreamed of.

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