Affleck & Damon Producing ‘Sleeper’ DC Comic Book Movie

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Warner Bros. is moving forward with plans for a serious expansion of the DC comic book cinematic and television universe(s), as evidenced by that recent batch of stories about screenwriter/producer David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel) possibly becoming the DC-verse overseer, how The Flash will get his own TV pilot apart from the CW’s Arrow series, and the rumors about which Justice League members could be introduced in Goyer and director Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel, otherwise known as Batman vs. Superman.

So, what about the DC characters and properties that lie well outside the Justice League’s jurisdiction? Well, we know that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) is hoping to find a place for his proposed Justice League Dark on the DC movie side of things, even as projects like a Constantine TV series (another Goyer project) are taking the very first steps towards becoming a real thing. Meanwhile, it seems that BFFs Ben Afffleck and Matt Damon are jump-starting development on a film adaptation of another lesser-known DC comic property, Sleeper.

Variety is reporting that Affleck and Damon – alongside their partner Jennifer Todd – are onboard to produce the Sleeper comic book movie, with the search to find a director now properly underway. Interestingly, it’s been speculated for a while now that the Oscar-winner Affleck – having joined the rebooted Superman franchise to play the next screen version of Batman – might be involved with another DC project down the line.

Of course, Affleck striking a deal to produce Sleeper doesn’t mean that’s the only DC film that he will be involved with after the Man of Steel sequel (see: fans who are hoping that Affleck could direct a future Justice League and/or Batman movie).

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Sleeper is a noir fantasy comic book series – written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Sean Phillips and Jim Lee – that was published from 2003-05. The series revolves around Holden Carver, a law enforcement operative who goes undercover in order to infiltrate a dangerous organization, let by the WildC.A.T.s comic book series antagonist, TAO. As far as his superpowers go, Holden (a.k.a. ‘The Conductor’) has been physically fused with an alien artifact, which gives him an incredible healing ability; not to mention, the capability to absorb, store and transfer pain to others.

Back in 2008, a different version of the project had started to take shape, with Sam Raimi (the Spider-Man trilogy) producing alongside Joshua Donen (Oz the Great and Powerful) and Tom Cruise attached to star. However, the producers who are behind the current iteration of Sleeper has a very different filmography; and thus, seem likely to guide the film towards Goyer’s DC work (read: more emotional depth and seriousness) – more than Raimi and Donen might have done, anyway.

As additional evidence of that: Sleeper is being written by Shawn Ryan (creator of The Shield) and David Wiener (The Killing). Both of those writers have a history of working on gritty crime genre fare, with an emphasis on (relatively) grounded plot machinations and character development. If the project manages to get a respectable film director into the mix, then the screen version of Sleeper could well be something worthy of attention.

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More on Sleeper as the story develops.

Source: Variety

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  1. Sounds interesting, will definitely keep an eye on this.

  2. What great news! There you have it: DC now has an Oscar-Winning Director in their stable that will do more than just play the Bat!

    • Not to nitpick Doc, but he didnt win an Oscar for directing.
      He is an Oscar winning producer as Argo won Best Picture.

      • He won an Oscar for writing as well.

    • I should have added:

      Excellent point! For I knew what you meant.

  3. They should get Laurence fishburn to play the main character

    • Laurence Fishburn as the lead? Not sure he is even close to what the comic character was like, although that could be pretty interesting.

      • this own’t happen. its pretty prominent in the Superman storyline as Lois Lane’s boss

  4. I’m glad DC seems to be doing more to differentiate itself from Marvel’s output. I look forward to a world where we can appreciate DC and Marvel cinematic universes equally.

    • Blasphemy!

      No seriously, I agree completely.

  5. Yeah in the end as Matt Damon put it; is not King Lear – Certainly within their skill set.”

  6. I suggested when Mr Affleck was cast that it was more than a simple hiring an actor for a job. This backs up the belief that it is the intention of the studio to make him a centrepiece for their DC Universe. I would have little problem with that at all.

    As for the source material, never heard of it. But I had never heard of ‘Monster’ before HBO got their hands on it and after reading it I can say it is ‘Watchmen’ like in its genius of complexity and narrative. So, I’ll give this a run through also.

  7. The Sleeper story is incredible. For those that want a good read go to your nearest comic book store and check it out. I bet that you’ll finish it and think, “Wow, this should be a movie.”

  8. I love how DC is giving their films a more serious tone

  9. Give the new Batman franchise to Affleck already.

    • Without a doubt, I think Affleck will be the director for the new Batman movie or perhaps any future DC movies.

  10. Sounds very cool.
    Im gonna go check out the comic now.

  11. George Clooney for Holden Carver.

  12. This is why bringing Affleck in was a good move.

    Contrary to popular opinion he will be at least a passable Bruce/Bats, I think he will be excellent myself. All that Jazz aside, you not only did they get an Oscar winning producer/exceptional director into the mix, but he also has some talented friends he likes to collaborate with. The tone of the movies he directs would mesh well with the tone Goyer seems to want the DCCU. It just seems like a whole lot of win to me.

    Never read Sleeper but that doesn’t matter. What does is that I personally think that whatever these guys are going to do is NOTHING like we think. We all seem to keep wondering what the DC version of the MCU will look like, and I have a feeling we are not getting a DC version of the MCU. We will get the DCCU, which will be an entirely different animal.

    Not necessarily better, not necessarily worse, just different. I for one would LOVE to have two completely different Comic Book Universes. Maybe three or four if Sony and Fox can find a way to differentiate themselves as well. Meaning not just emulate the MCU with the characters they have.

    What a great time to be a comic book fan.

    • This is why the silly back and forth between fans is unnecessary.

      I mean, I grew up preferring DC’s output but mostly read 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine and only knew Marvel and DC through the animated output for the most part.

      That’s the beauty of the different companies. Hell, Marvel UK was pretty successful because it used the Marvel style but with great British writers and artists bringing their own inimitable style to titles like Death’s Head II (which would also be a great movie).

      If you thought Marvel Comics were too saccharine, you read DC and if you thought they were too toned down, you could read the Vertigo line instead. I forget what Marvel’s adult line was called (was it Imprint?) but Kick-Ass released through that originally so yeah, it’s always been a great thing for fans to say “you know what? I don’t like the style and tone of this, luckily I have these titles to read instead”.

      That’s what we’re getting with the movies by the look of it.

      Win/win for everyone.

      Also, I told you all Affleck was a brilliant choice.

  13. It really is a great time to be a fan of superhero comics. I’m loving batfleck being more involved. DCCU and MCU articles keep making me more anxious. Will 2015 never arrive?

  14. TAO was created by Alan Moore. For a guy who hates the movie versions of his comics, kinda ironic that he seems to be the most frequently adapted. Then again, he is the best.

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