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The Sandman Movie is Happening

The good news: a long-awaited movie of this epic comic is finally happening. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt is producing.

The “Well, okay then” news: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is possibly starring as Dream himself, or directing, or both.

Deadline was the first to report that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is finalizing a deal to produce Sandman at Warner Bros. with David Goyer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has confirmed this on his Twitter:

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m incredibly honored to be working with David Goyer, Warner Bros, and @neilhimself on SANDMAN.

As another Twitter user noted, the hashtag Prelude hints that it will be an adaptation of the first Sandman story, Preludes & Nocturnes. This means there is the possibility of additional films, rather than trying to condense the complex saga into one long feature, or simply picking out a stand-alone story.

I have no problem with Joseph Gordon-Levitt producing the movie, or directing it, since he seems a Joseph Gordon Levittman of sharp vision. I am hesitant, though, over the idea of him as its star. I know that many of us on the internet would like to cast Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston in, well, any role. But we were serious about this one! Either of them would be fantastic as the dark and brooding Dream. I’m pretty sure that Cumberbatch already speaks in icy, black speech balloons with white lettering.

While we don’t know for certain if Joseph Gordon-Levitt will indeed play the main character, there’s been plenty of speculation about him taking on the part. In an unusually professional tweet, he claimed he’s only been signed on to produce the film, but leaves the possibility open for doing more. Now I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt as much as the next person. He’s a fantastic actor, but he just doesn’t fit the physicality of the role.

It will probably turn out fine, even if he does take it. I’ve grumbled about the casting in comic book movies before, and most of the time it’s been needless. Besides, with David Goyer attached (I will optimistically focus on the fact that he wrote Dark City, and The Dark Knight, and not The Dark Knight Rises) it sounds like it has possibilities. So here’s hoping the Sandman movie will be as great as the original comic.