Netflix Finally Responds to Sandman Aspect Ratio Criticism
Sandman is a fantasy series Netflix Based on the graphic novels by Neil Gaiman. Its cast includes Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, John Cameron Mitchell, Niamh Walsh, Patton Oswalt, David Thewlis y Jenna Coleman.
When the Sandman trailer came out, opinions were divided. Although the fantasy landscape of the kingdom of dreams showed a high level of production design, several fans found the visuals in the trailer to be distorted, leading some to wonder if there was something weird going on with the aspect ratio of the show. The aspect ratio refers to the ratio between the height and width of the image.
Was Sandman’s aspect ratio intentional or a poor choice?
When the series premiered on August 5, viewers were amazed to see that this aspect ratio was not just a trailer glitch, but was maintained throughout the entire series. Some wondered if this choice was intentional on the part of the creative team, with the goal of depicting a distorted reality version of the Realm of Dreams, or if it was simply a poor choice.
According to Variety, a Netflix spokesperson revealed that this aspect ratio was an intentional choice. The speaker said that the visual choices were made to generate “surreal” environments to create the Kingdom of Dreams, stating the following:
“As you’ll notice, a lot of the environments are surreal in the series, and we often say it’s what a dream would feel like.”
With this statement, Netflix ends the debate about the intentionality of the Sandman images. Despite criticism regarding the aspect ratio, Sandman has received mostly positive reviews. Those who are familiar with the comics say that overall the series stays pretty close to its original content.