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by The Alpha Craig

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The original, but not the one I'm talking about.

The original, but not the one I'm talking about.
Yes, Enter Sandman is the song that is from and also, in a funny way, the subject of my column. I see comic book movie adaptations becoming very dark and noir lately. If you don't agree I would say check out 300, SIN CITY, V FOR VENDETTA, THE DARK KNIGHT, THE SPIRIT and WATCHMAN (crossing my fingers that it doesn't get delayed - Affirmation Alpha.) There were even dark undertones to THE INCREDIBLE HULK, WANTED and even IRON MAN. With talk of a sequel to UNBREAKABLE sweeping its way through the internet (hoping for that one too - Finger-crossing Craig) it seems that darkness is the new black within the comic movie adaptation world. Well what better time than to make an adaptation for one of the original luminescence challenged comic book titles? I am speaking of DARKMAN. That was
Still not quite there.

Still not quite there.
not a comic book and already a movie? I knew that (sarcasm: another service I provide - Smart-alecky Alpha.) No I am talking about the cult classic Neil Gaiman run of Sandman.

There have been numerous characters to use the name Sandman in comics from the old school Wesley Dodds who wore a gas mask, fedora, used a gas gun and had prophetic dreams to Hector Hall who had supernatural powers in the "dream-world" that he access in the real world for up to an hour to Sandy Hawkins who is a descendant of the original Sandman and displays similar abilities. These of course are all DC properties. This list doesn't even include the classic Marvel super-villain that battled Spiderman on the big screen, Flint Marko (and a big thanks to Thomas Haden Church for
Okay that isn't even the right publisher.

Okay that isn't even the right publisher.
representing in a big way in an otherwise sub-par movie
- Critical Craig.) I am referring to a series that has more in common with Jo Barr's series The Crow. Allow me to give you a brief run-down.

The series started in 1989 and ran until 1996. It was based upon and dream spirit named Morpheus, lord of the dreams and the anthropomorphic personification of dreams (not to be confused with Michael Flatley, lord of the dance and the anthropomorphic personification of River-dance - Anúna Alpha.) He became trapped in limbo for 70 years in an occult ritual. When Morpheus emerged from his captivity, he vows to take vengeance upon those who captured him and rebuild his fallen kingdom. Neil Gaiman, in his words, describes the plot/character motivation as "The Lord of Dreams learns that one
Now that's what I am talking about.

Now that's what I am talking about.
must change or die, and makes his decision." There have been several other volumes of Sandman dealing with Morpheus as well as other dreams spirits such as muse Calliope.

The brilliant thing about this is that there is so much that can be done in the relm of dreams. I am thinking Gaiman's writing and Guillermo del Toro's direction and you would have a great film. Take some imagery queues from movies like THE CELL and WHAT DREAMS MAY COME as well as pretty much any of del Toro's films and it would appeal to fanboys of comic book, film, art and fantasy genres. This is just my take on it though. Once again I thank you for reading true believers and EXCELSIOR.

P.S. Boycott X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 20th Century Fox

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