Joseph Gordon-Levitt Promises A New Style Of Comic Book Movie With ‘Sandman’

The actor turned producer is co-producing the movie project with 'Sandman' writer Neil Gaiman and David S Goyer.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is to produce ‘Sandman’ for Warner Bros has promised a new style of comic book movie, which will stand out from the other DC Feature films.

The actor turned producer is co-producing the movie project with ‘Sandman’ writer Neil Gaiman and David S Goyer.

A movie adaptation of ‘Sandman’ has been in development in one form or another for nearly 20 years, but Levitt assures fans that the film is close to finally becoming a reality.

“It’s slow but steady,” he told MTV News. “It’s a really complicated adaptation because those comics, they’re brilliant. But they’re not written as a whole.

“It’s not like Watchmen, which is a graphic novel that has a beginning, middle, and end. Sandman was written over the course of whatever – I forget exactly, six or seven years. One at a time. One little 20-page issue at a time.

“And to try to take that and make it into something that’s a feature film – a movie that has a beginning, middle, and end – is complicated.”

Levitt added that ‘Sandman’ will not have the bombastic fight sequences that have become a hallmark of superhero movies.

“It was actually one of the things that Neil Gaiman said to me, he said ‘Don’t have any punching’,” he recalled. “Because he never does. If you read the comics, Morpheus doesn’t punch anybody. That’s not what he does.

“It’s going to be like a grand spectacular action film, but that relies on none of those same old ordinary clichés.”

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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