There seems to be a story that fans of the Netflix adaptation of The Sandman may not see thanks to the inclusion of one particular character.
Spoiler for The man of sand and mentions of incoming suicide.
There are a lot of stories The man of sand which touch on some truly tragic and depressing topics, but the most shocking tale of the series may not be able to enter the Netflix adaptation.
The main plot of The man of sand largely revolves around Morpheus, Lord of the Dreaming and proprietor Sandman. However, the comic does include a number of separate plots and one-off stories that may only slightly involve Dream or one of his Endless siblings. The critically acclaimed story has been faithfully adapted by Netflix, including its unique narrative decisions. However, despite the devotion to keep that of Neil Gaiman Sandman universe as faithful as possible to the comics, some elements had to be changed. In a noticeable difference from the original story, the many characters and DC connections once featured The man of sand the comics were removed almost entirely in the Netflix adaptation.
But as Netflix’s Sandman removed the story’s various links to the DC Universe, the show may not be able to adapt one of the series’ most poignant tales. In The Sandman # 20 by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran, the focus shifts from Morpheus and shines the spotlight on Urania Blackwell, an associate of Outsider Metamorpho. The former Element Girl hero wants to die, but thanks to her powers he is functionally immortal. One day, while Element Girl is pondering how to kill herself, she receives a visit from Death, who listens to Blackwell describe her struggle. The Endless is unable to help Blackwell, but Death tells Element Girl that the sun god Ra can take away her powers as easily as she gave them to him. With a prayer to Ra, Blackwell watches the sun as she happily turns to dust.
To be honest, there to have have been some DC characters from Sandman comics that entered the show’s first season, albeit with some changes. While John Dee was the Justice League villain Doctor Destiny in the comics, the show makes no mention of him. Same for Hector Hall and the story of him as the superhero Sandman. So even if there is a chance that some part of Element Girl’s story could enter the show, fans should expect big changes if her story is adapted.
While Netflix’s Sandman show aimed to be as faithful as possible to the original work, the early parts of The man of sand has just too many DC character cameos to make a 1: 1 adaptation feasible. While it’s true that the Element Girl story may be reworked, fans may miss out on the original story special. Element Girl was a largely forgotten hero when The Sandman # 20 was released and his story was a tragic twist on the fate of superheroes who are presumed to have a happy ending once the adventures are told. Safe, Netflix could find a way to bring the story to life, but fans of The man of sand they may want to mitigate their expectations by seeing Element Girl’s story faithfully told.