Netflix’s “Sandman” adaptation premiered Friday. But the 10-episode season required three years of writing, filming and editing (not to mention an imaginative cast including Mark Hamill as Mervyn Pumpkinhead and Patton Oswalt as the voice of Matthew the Raven). And Variety points out this followed a full 30 years of Neil Gaiman refusing to even allow an adaptation to happen.

“Gaiman could have decided to let dreams of an adaptation of “The Sandman” die with the nightmare that was the most recent attempt: a feature film starring and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Warner Bros.’ New Line, which fell apart in 2016…”

So why did Gaiman try again? “In a lot of ways, it’s the only question that we can ask,” said Gaiman, who is executive producer and writer on the series, alongside David Goyer (“Batman Begins” and “Foundation”) and showrunner Allan Heinberg (“Grey’s Anatomy”)…. “[P]artly, it’s accepting, well OK, if

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