Joseph Gordon-Levitt Opens Up On ‘Sandman’

The actor-director talks for the first time about his plans to adapt Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman' comics for Warner Bros.

Why haven’t we seen Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a Marvel Studios movie yet? Because the actor already has his eye on a different comic book property, one that exists across the aisle from Marvel: Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman,” published by DC and Vertigo Comics.

Gordon-Levitt is attached to produce, star in and possibly direct an adaptation of “Sandman,” playing Morpheus, the personification of Dream. But the “Don John” actor and director cautions that it’s still early days yet, as far as he and “Sandman” are concerned.

“Lots of potential,” he told IGN, “but it’s still very early.”

Still, it’s never too early to find out what Gordon-Levitt finds attractive about the “Sandman” stories, and why he’s in line to work with David Goyer and Warner Bros. on the film.

“I love just the basic concept of it — just the concept of personifying Dream, along with all of his brothers and sisters, the seven Endless personifying Death, personifying Destruction and Delirium and Destiny and Desire and Despair,” he said. “I mean, that’s just a fascinating and, I think, a really cinematic concept. You look at the art of Sandman, and it just looks spectacular. I love big, spectacular movies, but oftentimes big, spectacular movies sort of get stuck in a rut. They go down certain paths that end in big explosions or whatever. Sandman has so much opportunity to do something that’s on a grand, grand scale, but really unlike your average big, grand-scale, spectacular movie.”

Gordon-Levitt’s attachment to “Sandman” comes after weeks of rumors connecting the actor to “Ant-Man,” the first Marvel Studios movie scheduled for release after “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Paul Rudd ultimately won the “Ant-Man” lead, but Gordon-Levitt has been rumored for other Marvel projects from time to time, including this summer’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” (he was supposedly in line to play Chris Pratt’s role once upon a time) and an eventual adaptation of “Doctor Strange.” But by the sound of it, Gordon-Levitt’s attention is focused on the DC side of the comic book movie game, with Gaiman’s “Sandman” nothing short of a (wait for it) dream job.

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