Benedict Cumberbatch was also a top contender.
Warner Bros. is steadily slowly gaining momentum with the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed graphic novel series Sandman, which is very exciting! Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to direct, David "inS.ult to female comic book characters" Goyer is involved, and Gaiman himself has been working closely with the two of them and writer Jack Thorne. And it seems Gaiman has some spectacular ideas as to who would best play Morpheus, Lord of Dreams. Via Comics Alliance:
It's a funny thing with Morpheus. Again, it's that thing where you look around and think, 'Yes this person would be a fantastic person', and then time passes. There was a time Johnny Depp would've been a great Morpheus, but now he's too old and it's fine. I think the first time I saw Benedict was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, 'wow, that's incredibly Morpheus'. And fans probably thought the same because they immediately started doing fan-art, meshing the two of them up.
Then again, Tom Hiddleston is still out there! And the truth is, as far as I'm concerned, anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones can probably pull it off.
I mean, who am I to protest the word of the dude who wrote the damn graphic novel, right? Honestly, they should cast Hiddleston as Morpheus and Cumberbatch as Constantine and make the movie the fantasy buddy cop film we all want it to be haha I am just kidding.
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