Earlier in the week, Warner Bros. broke the Internet when it announced it's ten film lineup for all DC Comics movies. Plus, they teased a solo Batman and Superman film are being released before 2020. That makes 12 films in all. Suspiciously left off the list was Sandman. Creator Neil Gaiman jumped on his Tumblr to explain why.
Apparently, Sandman is not a DC Movie. A fan asked Neil Gaiman about this shortly after the initial announcement was made:
"Despite talk last month about the script being worked on, Sandman wasn't mentioned by name in today's WB news release of scheduled DC Comics films. There are previously mentioned release dates without film titles attached, so it's not clear if the status of the project has been altered or if the team at WB decided to focus their news on the easier to group together capes & tights titles due out. Has their been a change in the production timeline? Is Sandman going to be marketed differently?"
This is Neil Gaiman's response:
"It's not a DC Comics film. It's a Vertigo film. That's a different slate of films, and a different announcement."
So, can we expect an announcement soon from Warner Bros. about their Vertigo movies release schedule? Sandman has a long history of trying to decide whether or not it takes place within the DC universe, with no clear answer ever being provided. Neil Gaiman hints that there will be a full slate of Vertigo movies that possibly tie into one another.
Also not on Warner Bros.' list was director Guillermo del Toro's Dark Universe (aka Justice League Dark), which is comprised of both mainstream DC Comics and Vertigo characters. Is it possible that this movie will also fall under the Vertigo slate? There is also the rumored Legion of Superheroes movie, which is DC's answer to Guardians of the Galaxy. This, too, may fall under the Vertigo slate.
Sandman is currently being scripted by Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jack Thorne. It is not yet confirmed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be starring in the movie. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out.