For over twenty years, Vertigo Comics has been an imprint at the larger DC Comics that’s been home to some of the most popular and enduring adults-only comics ever produced. From the stories chronicling John Constantine’s occult adventures in Hellblazer, to the mind-bending works of Grant Morrison in The Filth and The Invisibles, down to such hits as Y: The Last Man, 100 Bullets, Scalped, Sweet Tooth, Astro City, and American Vampire, it was always easy to find something interesting to read from Vertigo.
Although only two films have been released under the Vertigo imprint to theaters — namely 2005′s Constantine and 2006′s V For Vendetta (though other movies have been released based on series first published at the imprint) — the recent ramping up of Warner Bros. Pictures projects based on their library of DC Comics characters also seemed to renew the studio’s interest in exploring more mature comics properties, like many of the ones housed at Vertigo. The project with the most potential, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt produced Sandman based on the work of Neil Gaiman and artists like Dave McKean, was further along than most other projects. Now, though, something has changed.
According to a new report from THR, Warner Bros. Pictures is moving Sandman and other Vertigo-based projects to New Line Cinema, their subsidiary and sister production arm. This is part of a larger reshuffling of the comics-based projects at Warners, as its expected that the inter-connected superhero films — like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, etc. — will all be staying under the main arm of the studio. Vertigo’s material, though, for the most part feature self-contained, more creator-driven stories, and this could be an asset for developing them at New Line. New Line is also going to be developing at least one DC Comics-based superhero film in the form of Shazam, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the anti-hero Black Adam.
The report also makes mention of Dark Universe, the DC-based film featuring the publisher’s more occult characters like John Constantine, Zatanna, and Deadman, as still in development at the main studio. Guillermo del Toro’s involvement, however, is no longer a sure thing due to his commitments in preparing the sequel to Pacific Rim.
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