First Joss Whedon dropped off Wonder Woman, then it was announced that David Goyer walked away from The Flash so that Big Liar director Shawn Levy could come aboard (destroying any hope of a descent movie), and now the guy who brought us Batman and Robin wants to direct Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Please say it isn’t so. Have the movie studios gone mad?
Joel Schumacher is apparently interested in directing a big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s cult favorite comic book The Sandman. While this doesn’t indicate anything set in stone, it’s just a comment, it’s a horrible idea which could easily snowball into reality.
While Schumacher is best known for ruining the Batman film series, he has in fact directed quite a few good films over the year (we tend to forget): The Lost Boys, A Time to Kill, Falling Down, St. Elmo’s Fire, 8MM and Phone Booth.
At last year’s San Diego Comic Con, Gaiman told his fans, “I’d rather no Sandman movie got made than [to have] a bad Sandman movie.”
So let’s hope that Gaiman would have the foresight to stop such a monstrosity.
Published in the United States by DC Comics’ Vertigo division for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996, The Sandman is widely considered one of the most original, sophisticated and artistically ambitious comic book series of the modern age.
The plot, as summarized by its creator is: “The king of dreams learns one must change or die and then makes his decision.” The series centers on Dream, an immortal anthropomorphic personification of dreams.