Sandman film will be “spectacular” says star

Joseph Gordon-Levitt promise “a grand scale” for Neil Gaiman’s long-mooted Sandman movie

Dream as he appears in DC Comics' Sandman: Overture, art by JH Williams III
Dream as he appears in DC Comics’ Sandman: Overture, art by JH Williams III

Speaking to IGN about his recently announced role in the long-mooted adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic-book saga, The Dark Knight Rises and Looper star Joseph Gordon-Levitt explained, “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.

Speaking about the cinematic potential of the series which has long been regarded as unfilmable, the star added: “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.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises

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. I guess that’s the tip of the iceberg.”

Asked if it would be the straight adaptation of the first volume Preludes & Nocturnes – a rumour based on his original tweet – Gordon-Levitt confirmed that it’s far too early to say.

“I honestly just wrote that as sort of a pun,” he said, “because this tweet was a prelude to who knows what’s to come.

“Obviously Prelude is the title of the first issue, but… yeah, nothing is cemented yet. But there’s so much potential in that material. It’s exciting.”

You can buy The Sandman Volume 1: Preludes & Nocturnes for £12.35 at