This week finally saw the full announcement of Warner Bros.’ DC movie schedule for the next few years, featuring films for the likes of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and more. However, fans have noticed that the studio’s adaptation of Sandman, which is being produced by David S. Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was nowhere to be found in the slate. This surprised some, since a script is currently in the works. Now, Sandman creator Neil Gaiman – who is also involved with the big screen adaptation – explains why the movie was not named in WB’s big announcement. And the reason should not be that surprising.
Answering a fan’s question on the matter on Tumblr (via Comic Book Movie), Gaiman said that Sandman is not on the DC movie schedule because…it isn’t a DC movie. “It’s not a DC Comics film. It’s a Vertigo film. That’s a different slate of films, and a different announcement.” This makes sense, as Sandman was created under the Vertigo banner and is rarely considered a part of the mainstream DC Universe. Gaiman’s choice of words is also interesting – is Warner Bros. planning to announce several Vertigo adaptations? Such options include Fables and 100 Bullets, while Guillermo del Toro’s Justice League Dark adaptation can just as easily fall under the Vertigo banner as it can the DC Comics banner. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.
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