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Warner Bros shifts Sandman and all DC Vertigo properties to New Line Cinema

06.29.2015
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Looks like Warner Bros is going to double down and develop two separate paths for their DC Cinematic Universe. One one hand, Warner Bros will continue to develop their announced films related to JUSTICE LEAGUE including THE FLASH, GREEN LANTERN, CYBORG, MAN OF STEEL 2, WONDER WOMAN, and more while New Line Cinema will take over all titles related to DC Comics' Vertigo imprint. Deadline reported on the news which has yet to be officially announced by the studio.

Before you decry this news as meaning that the DC Cinematic Universe will not feature Preacher, Costantine, SANDMAN, or Guillermo Del Toro's JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, keep in mind that New Line Cinema is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Currently, Dwayne Johnson's SHAZAM is set at New Line Cinema as well. The goal here appears to be keeping the two aspects of DC's canon in development simultaneously. If anything, this is great news for those excited to see these more subversive characters come to the big screen.

SANDMAN has been the most actively developed Vertigo film with Gordon-Levitt set to direct it. David Goyer and Jack Thorne have been working on the screenplay but we have yet to hear any acknowledgement that it will be a kick-off for any sort of interconnected universe. This change in studio leadership may help that come to pass. I have long been a fan of Vertigo's darker and more mature line of comics, especially Preacher and Y: The Last Man. Here's hoping we hear more soon.

Source: Deadline

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6:07AM on 06/30/2015
I think this works to their advantage. I don't think Sandman or JL Dark would fit well into the DCCU as we know it, and it would likely confuse some people. Nowadays when it's all about building a cohesive cinematic brand like Marvel has done, I think a lot of general moviegoers wouldn't want a bunch of DC films that WEREN'T all tied together in some way or another.
I think this works to their advantage. I don't think Sandman or JL Dark would fit well into the DCCU as we know it, and it would likely confuse some people. Nowadays when it's all about building a cohesive cinematic brand like Marvel has done, I think a lot of general moviegoers wouldn't want a bunch of DC films that WEREN'T all tied together in some way or another.
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6:45PM on 06/29/2015

As long as they make SANDMAN happen

and make sure Neil Gaiman is riding herd the entire time to make sure it's true to the graphic novel. Also, Hailee Steinfeld for Death!
and make sure Neil Gaiman is riding herd the entire time to make sure it's true to the graphic novel. Also, Hailee Steinfeld for Death!
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3:36PM on 06/29/2015
So DC is going to have three different storylines in three different universes? If the quality is there, then why not. Could be a little risky, but I don't see why it couldn't work. And if we get introduced to more new characters then even better.
So DC is going to have three different storylines in three different universes? If the quality is there, then why not. Could be a little risky, but I don't see why it couldn't work. And if we get introduced to more new characters then even better.
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