While Joseph Gordon-Levitt (‘The Dark Knight Rises‘,”) still isn’t set to star in any Marvel films, he is attached to both ‘The Sandman‘ And ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For‘ and recently had a chance to talk about them.
When it comes to ‘The Sandman’, we know Gordon-Levitt is set to produce with rumors of doing more past that saying there’s “lots of potential, but it’s still very early.” Speaking of being early, when asked about where the project stands now he commented that it’s still in its “Early days. Very, very early days.”
Now many have suspected that his announcing it originally with #Prelude in the tweet meant that they would be doing the ‘Preludes & Nocturnes’ story line. While that is most likely still the case he “honestly just wrote that as sort of a pun, 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.” As everything early in development we’re getting a lot of evasive answers but at least he’s acknowledging that it’s a strong candidate.
The big sell? He clearly knows the material. When asked about what caught his interest in the material his response was:
“Well, 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. I mean, that’s just a fascinating and, I think, a really cinematic concept. 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. 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.”
You seriously can’t go that into detail on Sandman without knowing the material. Fans of Neil Gaiman’s work here should be happy to know that the film is being placed in the hands of someone who really enjoyed the comics. Speaking of comics they asked about his constantly being brought up in rumors for Marvel projects and if he’d ever do one, his response?
“Yeah, I don’t pay as much attention to the categories or genres of things. I pay attention to what the material is about. Does it resonate with me? Does it inspire me? Who are the collaborators? That kind of thing.”
Not a firm yes or no but if Marvel finds something he’d like to do it does sound like he’d be open. Of course Marvel and DC aren’t the only comic studios who have caught Gordon-Levitt’s eyes as he will be starring in the upcoming ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’. When asked about it, he loved that the entire thing was shot on a green screen. In fact, it helped him with a later project :
” [I] loved working with Rodriguez, and actually doing that week on Sin City was really influential because a lot of the short films that we made with HITRECORD were made in a somewhat similar way to the way that Sin City is shot, completely on green screen.” Of course just both being shot in front of greenscreens doesn’t mean they were shot exactly the same because for HITRECORD, they “don’t have a huge airplane hanger like he has. We have a corner of our office. [Laughs] We converted that into a green screen site. But you know, just having the actors performing entirely on green screen and then creating the world around them — the difference being of course that Rodriguez has his team of Troublemakers, whereas we put the green screen footage up on our site and anyone is open to contribute their illustrations and animations to get behind it”
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