Displaying imagery and story elements that could be compared to observing a Dalí painting while under some very questionable substances, Gaiman’s gargantuan tale focuses on Morpheus, master of both dreams and nightmares, and his journey through fantastic realms beyond our understanding. The man braving this territory in an effort to get it on screen is actor, director, and lip-syncing legend Joseph Gordon-Levitt who is hard at work with Gaiman in bringing this world to the big screen, one thing that has yet to be announced though is the man who will join them and take the titular role. As it turns out though, Gaiman already has two ideal choices, and both of them already have comic book movie connections.
In an interview with Radio Times, Gaiman called out Sherlock and soon-to-be Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch as his top choice. Coincidentally, he’s not the only one to think so as he’s already a fan favorite for the role too. Gaiman told RadioTimes.com.
It’s a funny thing with Morpheus. Again, it’s that thing where you look around and think, ‘Yes this person would be a fantastic person’, and then time passes. There was a time Johnny Depp would’ve been a great Morpheus, but now he’s too old and it’s fine. I think the first time I saw Benedict was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, ‘wow, that’s incredibly Morpheus’. And fans probably thought the same because they immediately started doing fan-art, meshing the two of them up.
Considering his schedule now officially Marvel-ized though, chances are rather slim, considering this is a DC property after all. But the Sandman scribe thankfully had himself a back-up that came in the form of a certain mischievous Norse god, also a Marvel man, but one who might not be for very long.
Then again, Tom Hiddleston is still out there! And the truth is, as far as I’m concerned, anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones can probably pull it off.
Now, while fans might be jumping for joy that Gaiman agrees with them, he was quick to dampen any hopes they might have on Twitter after one fan daringly mentioned his recent comments.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 17, 2014
A joke that consisted of some fairly decent suggestions, but of course with both of them being Marvel men, it might be out of the question. But hey, a fan can dream, right? Besides, there’s still plenty of time for those grains of sand to continue trickling through, and Gaiman sounds pleased at the pace things are going at as it is, with or without a Morpheus set for the role.
My position on it has always been, for over 25 years now, I would rather see no Sandman movie than a bad Sandman movie. A couple of times, people say, ‘It’s a crime there’s never been a Sandman movie’, and a couple of times, to be honest, I have thrown my body in front of a bus on a couple of bad ones over the years. I’m just happy that no bad Sandman movie has ever been made. But I’m really hoping that a good one will be. They’re a good team. And with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in charge, his instincts are good and he loves the material. He wants it to be true to the material.
Sandman, whoever he may be, is a long way off and with Gaiman waiting for yet another draft of the script, so too is production. Considering the positive words he has to say of JGL’s involvement, the future looks promising for Morpheus and the other seven Endless. For now, we can just sleep on the idea and be safe in the knowledge that this could be the Sandman movie fans have been waiting for. Who would you prefer though? Give a vote and sound off in the comments below.