Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why isn’t Sandman on the DC movie slate?” you ask? That’s a good question . . . timely too. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why won’t my girlfriend sext me?”)
Warner Brothers recently announced its calendar of motion pictures based on DC superheroes, villains and anti-heroes. One film, however, was suspiciously absent from said list . . . or so some people thought. The movie in question was the adaptation of writer Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Dark Knight Rises) was already negotiating to not only star but direct some fans feared the worst and wondered what happened.
Why isn’t Sandman on the new DC movie slate?
Having once met Gaiman in Northridge, California, this reporter was not surprised when the author offered a succinct answer on his official Tumblr site just last week. (Apparently many folks missed it.) Gaiman stated that Sandman was absent from the DC movie slate for a very good reason.
He said:”It’s not a DC Comics film. It’s a Vertigo film. That’s a different slate of films, and a different announcement.”
One poster on his blog asked:” Is Sandman going to be marketed differently?” Anyone familiar with marketing, publicity and the entertainment industry in general can tell you that another reason why Sandman was not on the DC slate but instead on the Vertigo slate is because the answer to this question is: “Yes.”
While there have been minimal crossovers between the two universes and while the character was born of DC’s request that Gaiman take an old character dating back almost as far as Superman and do a revamp, Gaiman himself has admitted that by the time he got through with the hero Sandman the only thing left from the original was the name itself.
Gaiman has been doing his own thing in his own little world for quite some time and DC very well might realize: “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?” Sandman’s Endless and Superman’s Metropolis only coincide in terms of their comic roots and the presence of death. You don’t sell Sandman like Superman. Separate universes . . . separate announcements. Simple.
So have no fear. Sandman is still slated for production. It simply is not slated in as a DC movie. (Mind you, if DC continues to insist—much like many other companies out there—on making all its characters “dark” the world could very well end up with nothing but the Sandman’s Endless version of DC, Marvel and Disney characters . . . but that is another, lengthier edition of this column best left for another day . . . or dark night as the case may be.) Sleep tight, Sandman fans.
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