Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been branching out in filmmaking. But the dapper leading man is getting ambitious, by digging into a long stalled adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman for Warner Bros.
A rumor began circulating this summer claiming that the companies have seven titles currently in the works, including Justice League, Wonder Woman and Flash and Green Latnern projects. It’s hard to say exactly how much of that information was accurate in terms of naming in-development projects, but one thing is definitely for sure: there are a lot of DC Comics movies set to be unveiled over the next few years.
DC Comics has long had distinct advantage over Marvel where big screen adaptations are concerned. While the latter sold off the movie rights to many of its most popular characters years ago – including Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four – the former made a partnership with Warner Bros. pictures years ago that kept all of the company’s characters under one roof. Only now, however, does it appear that DC is finally taking advantage of this fact.
All in all, a total of six new projects were "revealed" to be following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, and the list contained weird surprise after weird surprise. Three movies a year coming for two straight years. No new Batman movie on the horizon. Shazam and Wonder Woman getting solo movies in the immediate future. Man of Steel 2 not happening until 2018.
Meanwhile, the DC properties languish as Warner Bros. figures out what to do with their franchises. But if rumors are correct, this Comic Con, DC and the WB are stepping out in a big way with a massive superhero roster, and a full schedule for the next few years that totally trumps Marvel's plans.
Based on the Neil Gaiman comics that began in 1989, Sandman follows the story of Morpheus, the personification of dreams, who finds himself imprisoned by an occult ritual for 70 years. After managing to escape, he both takes vengeance against the people who kept him in chains and works to rebuild the empire that has crumbled in his absence.
Gordon-Levitt turned quite a few heads couple of months ago when he was rumored to be directing and starring in a big screen adaptation of the classic comic series The Sandman, made most famous during Neil Gaiman’s masterful run with the character.
Based on the comic book series that Gaiman first started writing back in 1989, Sandman follows the story of Morpheus, the personification of dreams. Due to an occult ritual he is held prisoner for 70 years, but after escaping and getting vengeance against those who kidnapped him he sets his sights on rebuilding his fallen kingdom.
Goyer has pitched an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's signature comic Sandman to Warner Bros, but warns this could-be project is in the very earliest of stages. Essentially now it's just talk. But, their source says that Geoff Johns notable comic book writer is lending his weight to Goyer's proposition.
Created by comic book artist Jill Thompson, these striking watercolors unveil the winding tale of Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, whose adventures fold in familiar figures from ancient mythology, fairy tales and DC comics. See who you can spot.
Of course, Sandman is insanely complex and difficult, which likely explains its absence from the movies thus far. And Vaughn only brought up Sandman because the interviewer mentioned it