Where Marvel has done a great job at introducing characters to the big screen who might not necessarily be slam dunks (Thor, Captain America), DC has shown that they can do Batman pretty well, and struggled with everything else. That may have changed this summer with Man of Steel, which has paved the way for a new Batman, and it seems for them they trust in David Goyer. So it’s Goyer who may bring Neil Gaiman’s Sandman to the big screen, with the help of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
This news comes from Devin Faraci at Badass Digest, and he notes that this is in such early stages that anything about it could fall apart, but the key thing is that Goyer has a take on the material, that Warner Brothers is interested in it, and that Levitt is involved, likely to play the main character Morpheus. There’s a lot of variables in play here though, so any aspect of this could fall out not come in to play.
That said, Marvel has been pushing the envelope for a while with their weirdness, with Thor: The Dark World combining science fiction and fantasy and Norse mythology in ways that would be unthinkable ten or twenty years ago. And with their upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, there will definitely non-standard heroes in the mix. If the comic book movie plans to stick around for a while, it might be smart to start making less standardized “heroes journey” films, and that could also open the door to different kinds of comics being adapted (at least adapted with more confidence then was given a title like Jonah Hex). And though television might be a better place for the character, it would also be great to see Warner Brothers invest hundreds of millions into a standalone story (that could also serve as the start of a franchise) for this comic. But, again, this is all very tenuous.
Would you want to see Sandman on the big screen?