When asked by The Hollywood Reporter what five comic titles would see the screen next if she got her way, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson said that Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” was on the top of the list followed by “Fables,” “Metal Men,” “Justice League,” and (everyone’s favorite) “Aquaman.”
Those are exciting names. Almost as if DC were moving into a “phase two” of its own without fully realizing phase one. Of course, DC (through its partnership with Warners) would be in a position to take risks like these even if it didn’t have a firm omnibus plan in place. The funny thing is that “Sandman” would be far more fun than a Justice League team-up, and with the popularity of shows like Once Upon a Time, “Fables” would already have a kind of unintentional built-in audience.
Granted, this is a set-up question from an interviewer that doesn’t directly correspond to the development slate, but Fables was recently announced as being in development with Harry Potter producers Heyday Films and Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel at the helm; Metal Men has been on one of Barry Sonnenfeld’s burners since last year; and Justice League gets a new rumor every other day or so. Plus, the statement proves that the most powerful person at DC Entertainment is thinking outside the cape, which is very encouraging.
As for “Sandman,” there was an attempt to bring it to the small screen back in 2011 that fell through, so Nelson’s naming it to the top spot now is brimming with possibilities. There isn’t a lot of hay to be made of the comment beyond wishful thinking, but imagining Nelson advocating for an active plan to bring Sandman to theaters is really exciting.
Also, “Aquaman.” Still exists.
So which of these comics would you want to see made first? Or is there another DC title that would be better as a movie? (Everyone answering “Ambush Bug” will get a million cool points.)