‘Sandman’ movie won’t have ‘old ordinary cliches’ — or punching

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Fans worried that Neil Gaiman’s comic book series “Sandman” will be turned into a violent superhero movie full of fight scenes and cliches can finally relax.
Big spectacular action movies are generally about crime fighters fighting crime and blowing s*** up. This has nothing to do with that,” said “Sandman” producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt said in an MTV interview at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards on Saturday night.
“And it was actually one of the things that Neil Gaiman said to me, he said, ‘Don’t have any punching.’ Because he never does. If you read the comics, Morpheus doesn’t punch anybody. That’s not what he does.”
Unlike other graphic novels such as “Watchmen,” the “Sandman” comics don’t have a concise, linear story that is easy to adapt to film, instead featuring myth-like tales about dreams, fantasies and the nature of stories themselves. Published from 1989-1996, they attracted a young, largely female audience — Darlene, from 90s sitcom “Roseanne,” famously had a “Sandman” poster on her wall.

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