One of my earliest memories of The Sandman series was when I worked at Borders back in 1993. A co-worker had mentioned to read this series which was a great departure from the normal DC/Marvel superheroes. I was quickly engaged with Morpheus, The Sandman, and The Season on the Mists was one of my all time favorite stories. Since it’s been a long time, many details escape me but I remembered how the lettering in the comics was done in a non traditional way and how unique this feature gave each character their own voice.
Today, reading the news about JGL and The Sandman, I have hopes. Then again, I thought JGL was going to be the next Batman, he might be the next Doctor Strange and now Morpheus. Yes to all the above because JGL has proven to be a real actor of great worth. Watching Looper with Bruce Willis, I saw how much effort JGL put in to act like Willis from the side smirk to the raise eyebrow and everything else in-between. He totally nails those subtle notes which is a rare talent these days. So, having said this, please – let this happen – something worth his talents can make movie magic.
There’s a new issue of Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman on stands now. It launches a short ongoing story called The Sandman: Overture, acting as an explanation of events that preceded the first issue of the seminal comic series. It’s the first new Sandman story since 2003, and the first series of multiple issues since the series originally ended in 1996. (And, in keeping with some periods of the original publication, Overture is already experiencing delays.)
All of which is a long way of saying that a lot of people are thinking and talking about Sandman again, and that seems to have re-ignited the interest in making a movie at Warner Bros. The latest word is that David Goyer has pitched a take that WB likes, and that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the ideal candidate to play the lynchpin character Morpheus.