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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Norman Reedus Star In Too-Good-To-Be-True Casting Rumors

I’m almost sorry to tell you about these casting rumors. The inevitable choosing of different actors, however good they might be, will surely be met with a twinge of disappointment. Why do I say “inevitable”? Because Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Norman Reedus couldn’t possibly be in the Sandman and The Crow movies, respectively. The universe just doesn’t love us that much.

First, Sandman: There’s been no official announcement that the movie will even exist. As always, keep your skeptic’s cap firmly in place. “Trusted sources” told Badass Digest that David Goyer pitched a Sandman movie to Warner Bros. and that “the studio has been very receptive.” The rumor also states that Gordon-Levitt is “involved, almost certainly intending to play Morpheus.”

The first part of that rumor would certainly make a lot of sense. Sandman’s first new issue in years has just come out (read Susana’s review here), which means it’s a very buzzy property at the moment. Plus Goyer was instrumental in bringing Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy to the big screen, so it’s not like it’s some random dude saying “Hey, Warner Bros., make my Sandman movie!” Multiple people have tried and failed to bring the iconic series to live, but even Neil Gaiman believes an adaptation is “inevitable.” He also said a TV adaptation instead a movie would be “cool too. I would absolutely watch the HBO Sandman.

As for Gordon-Levitt, well, what comic book movie hasn’t he been rumored for? I almost expect another site’s “trusted sources” to come forward and say he’s being considered for Wonder Woman. In an interview with Comic Book Resources Gaiman shared some dream casting (har har) of his own:

“I would happily watch Tom Hiddleston or Benedict Cumberbatch as the Dream Lord in the movie. Or somebody else, who’s yet to graduate — as long as they’ve got good cheekbones!”

Priorities: Mr. Gaiman has them.

As for Reedus, he’s being rumored for a supporting role in that Luke Evans-starring The Crow remake. This unsubstantiated rumor comes from Schmoes Know, which has an anonymous source who tells them Reedus is the “top choice” to play a character named James. Who in the sweet Goth hell is James? No clue. But if (and that’s a big if) Reedus ends up playing the role, it’d better be a big one. You don’t put Daryl Freaking Dixon in a genre movie and only give him a few scenes.

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  • Anonymous

    I love Joseph Gordon Levitt as an actor … but he don’t have the body to play Morpheus classic form.

    Make some kind of Doug Jones body/JGL voice and we are good

    But then again I have bigger problems with Goyer (as far away from a super hero movie as you can be) and it being a Movie instead of a TV series… unless it has more movies than Fast and Furrious =P

  • Katy

    I like JGL, but NO! No! No! NO! He is not Morpheus. He’s too cute and not broody enough. Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch would be good, but honestly I always pictured Lee Pace as Morpheus.

    I also don’t understand why the push for a Sandman movie. Give the books the GoT treatment and make it a series.

  • Chiara

    Am I the only one thinking we don’t need a remake of The Crow? Not even with Norman Reedus in it?

  • Lady Commentariat

    Neither of these should be movies. The terrible beauty of Sandman would be destroyed by trying to do something live-action. I might MIGHT come around to a very high quality animated movie or series, although I suspect the suits would neuter it of all its wonderful ghastliness for the sake of marketability. (edited for grammar!)

    We got a Crow movie. It’s a fantastic piece of gothy 90′s angst and I think of it and its fantastic soundtrack fondly. Not sure we need a reboot.

  • Elias Algorithm

    Especially not that same first story. Some of the comics aren’t bad, adapt one of those.

  • Elias Algorithm

    Doug Jones – Lucien.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that a series would be better for such a rich, complex work, but perhaps budgeting would be an issue? Though certain plotlines could be pulled off economically, others would require lots of special effects to pull off. Even with HBO dollars Sandman could be difficult to pull off.

    Honestly, i think it would work best animated (hand-drawn, NOT CGI), but I don’t see that happening.

  • Vian Lawson

    Can JGL do a British accent? Because I always hear Neil Gaiman’s voice for Morpheus’s dialogue. Truth be told, there’s no shortage of unconventionally handsome British chaps who could Goth up for the role. Or even conventionally handsome ones; since that Dr Who minisode, I am seeing the beautiful Paul McGann in everything. I suspect that’s just me, though.

  • Chiara

    You are not the only one :)

  • Anonymous

    ” I always pictured Lee Pace as Morpheus.”

    yikes, how genius are you?

  • Anonymous

    If Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in as many movies as Joseph Gordon-Levitt was rumored to be in, he’d have to work 24 hours a day, 8 days a week. And no, I didn’t just forget the number of days in a week. I mean he would have to invent an extra day.

  • Katy

    Animation would be the best. There are so many aspects of Sandman that wouldn’t work well in live action. Take a character like Delirium, her hair and eye colour are always subtly or not so subtly changing. Then there’s the biggie, Morpheus’s appearance changes depending on who he’s with. Will they hire different actors or just remove that part of his character?

  • Katy

    I started reading the series around the same time as Pushing Daisies, so Pace was in my head. He plays brooding very well, and he just has the right look to me. After seeing him in The Hobbit and hearing his accent/tone for Thandrial, the deal was sealed. He’s Morpheus to me.

  • Katy

    I agree. There is such a push to remake great movies. Just leave them be! Although, Luke Evans would be great in the role, but still, the original is just fine on its own.

  • Katy

    I see Paul McGann as Hob Gadling, but mostly because I think McGann can pull off any type of period clothing.

  • Anonymous

    Theoricaly makes a somehow cartoony abstract world is theoricaly cheaper than make the realistic cg scenery from GoT…

  • Anonymous

    Cumberbatch for Morpheus, Hiddleston can play Loki again in a new franchise, & throw in Alan Rickman as Destiny for good measure.

  • TokenOfficeGoth

    Okay I love the crap out of Reedus but…please we’ve been subjected to the Crow already, don’t need to see that again =P

  • Penny Dreadful

    Hiddles has the cheekbones and the depth of acting character for Morpheus…JGL is just a bit too husky – a great actor but I don’t see him morphing himself into the character enough. Honestly, though, I agree with the statements below – it would do much better as a hand-drawn animation. Imagine “Ramadan” animated. *swoon*

  • Lady Viridis

    Yeah, I can’t see JGL as Morpheus. Although honestly, I feel like an ideal Sandman movie would feature half a dozen actors as Morpheus, to show how his appearance shifts all the time depending on who is looking at him.

    I just don’t know how you would do a Sandman movie. Hollywood seems like it would want to adapt the core plot, but… the core plot is ridiculous convoluted and subtle and seems like it would not work for a 2 hour movie. You could easily create an original side story featuring Morpheus, but it seems like then you’d get a bunch of people whining about how it wasn’t the story from the comics. :/ It would seem like finding the right balance would be hard to do (but easier to do in a tv series instead of a film.)

    Even if the right script and production team somehow came together to create this… I don’t trust DC/Warner Bros. to produce anything comic related that is also quality, at this point. I think they turned their default setting to GRIMDARK AND BROODY after the Nolan Batman films and can’t seem to figure out how to do anything else.