The main villain of the movie Justice League Dark features a sprit who

calls himself Destiny and uses a dream rock to make people live their worst fears.

In the 24 Hour Sandman story, the main villain is a man who

calls himself Dr. Destiny and uses a dream rock to control people

Did 24 Hour inspire Justice League Dark, or is this just an interesting coincidence?

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    I vaguely recall Sandman's Dr. Destiny as himself based off an older supervillain. Of course, the same arc had him escaping from Arkham Asylum and having homey chats with Dr. Crane / Scarecrow, so....
    – Radhil
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 2:25
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    @Radhil He is, but not in this context. He is just a villain in the normal Justice League comics. Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 2:28
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    Are you certain of that? From what I can tell, Doctor Destiny is the same character in normal DC stories as well as the Sandman stories, and uses the Materioptikon (Dreamstone).
    – user31178
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 3:04
  • @CreationEdge Just did a little research, you are right. my bad Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 10:52
  • On a side note, it looks like some people are adapting Sandman Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 18:28

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He was a JLA villain long before Sandman met him.

Doctor Destiny is a classic Justice League villain who used various inventions of his own design to battle the JLA. One of them, an invention called the Materioptikon allowed him to enter and control dreams. He eventually learned that he could engage in Lucid Dreaming and use a "Dream Materioptikon" to achieve the same ends. He made many appearances in classic JLA issues in the Silver Age.

When Neil Gaiman wrote his version of Sandman, he had Dream's three tools of power fall into nefarious hands. Doctor Destiny obtained his Dream Ruby, which increased his own power greatly when interfaced with a new version of the Materioptikon.

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