I read that you consider yourself a “male feminist,” and you credit your parents who are educators and really taught you about the history of feminism. But nowadays, you have a lot of young stars coming out against being labeled a feminist.
Coming out against the label? Wow. I guess I’m not aware of that. What that means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are—you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what “feminism” means. So yes, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.
I’ve heard rumors that you auditioned for Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy and the titular hero in Ant-Man. Is that bullshit?
It’s bullshit. No, I wouldn’t use the word bullshit—but it is incorrect. But I am working on Sandman and we’re in the very early stages of working on the adaptation. It’s such rich material, and it’s a challenge to adapt Sandman into a feature film because it wasn’t written that way; it was written as 75 issues of an episodic comic book, so adapting that into a feature necessitates us getting really creative with it. I think we’re really onto something. It’s David Goyer, myself, the screenwriter Jack Thorne, and Neil Gaiman, and then the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It’s a great group of people with a lot of respect for the material, and I really think we have the potential to do something great.