There hasn’t been much in the way of Sandman movie news recently, and the movie wasn’t even listed as part of the upcoming DC Comics release schedule. According to the comic’s creator Nail Gaiman that is because it is not part of the DC Comics movie world and is part of a separate universe. However, a new MTV interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt has revealed a lot more about the upcoming movie, which continues its long road through development.
About his approach to the hero, Gordon-Levitt clearly has a grip on what the character of Morpheus is all about, and that makes me a little easier about the attempted adaptation of one of the best literary comics ever made.
“Big spectacular action movies are generally about crime fighters fighting crime and blowing sh-t up. This has nothing to do with that,” he explained. “And it was actually one of the things that Neil Gaiman said to me, he said ‘Don’t have any punching.’ Because he never does. If you read the comics, Morpheus doesn’t punch anybody. That’s not what he does. It’s going to be like a grand spectacular action film, but that relies on none of those same old ordinary clichés. So, that’s why it’s taking a lot time to write, but it’s going to be really good.”
First of all, I love the fact that Gordon-Levitt is talking to Neil Gaiman about the Sandman movie and cares about what the author thinks. No one knows Morpheus better than Gaiman and keeping him in the loop will only make the movie better. I mean, it at least sounds better than the description of the Sandman spinoff television series Lucifer, where the former ruler of Hell is thrown into a police buddy cop procedural format.