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Director Barry Sonnenfeld to helm DC comics' The Metal Men

Jun. 21, 2012by:

Director Barry Sonnenfeld has been stringing us along with the tease that he'd be directing a DC comics property for a while now.  Today, Sonnenfeld revealed that he'll be directing THE METAL MEN, based on the comic created by writer Robert Kanigher and penciller Ross Andru.  I've never read a Metal Men comic book, so I can't comment on how cool/uncool they may/may not be, but they've been around for a long time (first appearing in DC Showcase #37 in 1962) so there's definitely some historical significance with DC.

Here's the rundown on The Metal Men:

Created by scientist Dr. William "Will" Magnus, the six robots were field leader Gold, strong man Iron, slow-witted and loyal Lead, hot-headed Mercury, self-doubting and insecure Tin, and Platinum (also called "Tina"), who believed she was a real woman and was in love with her creator. The group's personalities mirrored their namesake metals, being dictated by devices called "responsometers". Each Metal Man also possessed abilities that reflected the traits of their namesake metal: Gold could stretch his form almost infinitely, Iron was super strong, Lead could block harmful radiation by morphing into thick shields, Mercury could melt and pass through small spaces before reforming and Platinum could stretch or flatten.

Sonnenfeld has got the skills to pull this off, so it'll be interesting to see just how well he does it.  Although I've grown weary of the MEN IN BLACK films, there's no denying that Sonnenfeld has the ability to pull off some solid comic book/sci-fi work.  Well, then there's WILD WILD WEST...

Check out this episode of The Brave and the Bold, called "Clash of The Metal Men" to get a better feel for who THE METAL MEN are.  More as this project develops.

Extra Tidbit: What would you rather see Sonnenfeld direct? I think he's got the skill and humor to pull off The Flash, but that's just me...
Source: Vulture

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2:45PM on 06/21/2012

DC's Next Big Franchise?

I don't know why everyone is shitting on this movie already. I mean seriously not one ounce of news has shown up about casting, or script but everyone wants to bash this before it even has a chance. I know the Metal Men aren't the biggest names in comic books but with a clever script and Sonnenfeld's talent for directing these big budget, high concept films DC might have another kid friendly franchise on their hands. It won't be Harry Potter big big but it could take off and be the next Men in
I don't know why everyone is shitting on this movie already. I mean seriously not one ounce of news has shown up about casting, or script but everyone wants to bash this before it even has a chance. I know the Metal Men aren't the biggest names in comic books but with a clever script and Sonnenfeld's talent for directing these big budget, high concept films DC might have another kid friendly franchise on their hands. It won't be Harry Potter big big but it could take off and be the next Men in Black. Not all comic book movies have to be dark and gritty, in fact that attitude might kill the genre itself. So let's sit back and see what happens before we pass judgement. I think a lighter side of the DC Universe should be shown on the big screen. I know you people don't think it makes sense but Warner's and DC aren't about making cents they're about making dollars.
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5:44PM on 06/21/2012
Hey, I'd be all for a Metal Men movie in due time. But the fact that we'll probably get this before a Flash or Aquaman movie is ridiculous. In fact honestly, I'd probably be more excited for a Metal Men (or Doom Patrol) movie than either of those but Netforce is right, if D.C. want to enjoy success akin to Marvel then there's a very simple pattern that they should be following and they just seem to be blatantly ignoring it.
Hey, I'd be all for a Metal Men movie in due time. But the fact that we'll probably get this before a Flash or Aquaman movie is ridiculous. In fact honestly, I'd probably be more excited for a Metal Men (or Doom Patrol) movie than either of those but Netforce is right, if D.C. want to enjoy success akin to Marvel then there's a very simple pattern that they should be following and they just seem to be blatantly ignoring it.
2:38PM on 06/21/2012

DC's Next Big Franchise?

I don't know why everyone is shitting on this movie already. I mean seriously not one ounce of news has shown up about casting, or script but everyone wants to bash this before it even has a chance. I know the Metal Men aren't the biggest names in comic books but with a clever script and Sonnenfeld's talent for directing these big budget, high concept films DC might have another kid friendly franchise on their hands. It won't be Harry Potter big big but it could take off and be the next Men in
I don't know why everyone is shitting on this movie already. I mean seriously not one ounce of news has shown up about casting, or script but everyone wants to bash this before it even has a chance. I know the Metal Men aren't the biggest names in comic books but with a clever script and Sonnenfeld's talent for directing these big budget, high concept films DC might have another kid friendly franchise on their hands. It won't be Harry Potter big big but it could take off and be the next Men in Black. Not all comic book movies have to be dark and gritty, in fact that attitude might kill the genre itself. So let's sit back and see what happens before we pass judgement. I think a lighter side of the DC Universe should be shown on the big screen. I know you people don't think it makes sense but Warner's and DC aren't about making cents they're about making dollars.
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1:57PM on 06/21/2012
Know nothing about this book. I now know that that cover above just screams AWFULNESS though . . .
Know nothing about this book. I now know that that cover above just screams AWFULNESS though . . .
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1:09PM on 06/21/2012
If DC is trying to follow the success of Marvel's The Avengers, they are following in the Reverse direction.
And if this movie's budget is skyrocketing because lots of CG special effects, don't they remember Green Lantern and how that turned out to be? Get your act together, DC. You have Batman and Superman. Make Batman Vs. Superman already. That might be a good contender with The Avengers.
If DC is trying to follow the success of Marvel's The Avengers, they are following in the Reverse direction.
And if this movie's budget is skyrocketing because lots of CG special effects, don't they remember Green Lantern and how that turned out to be? Get your act together, DC. You have Batman and Superman. Make Batman Vs. Superman already. That might be a good contender with The Avengers.
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12:57PM on 06/21/2012
Sonnenfeld and the Metal Men seem like a good combo.
Sonnenfeld and the Metal Men seem like a good combo.
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12:12PM on 06/21/2012
I'm a DC fan but in the name of all that is just and good...why? I agree with Dodong27, making a Metal Men movie is giving me Howard the Duck and Steel vibes. Very few people know who the Metal Men are, and this doesn't sound like Blade where an obscure character is made popular by a cool movie.
I'm a DC fan but in the name of all that is just and good...why? I agree with Dodong27, making a Metal Men movie is giving me Howard the Duck and Steel vibes. Very few people know who the Metal Men are, and this doesn't sound like Blade where an obscure character is made popular by a cool movie.
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12:58PM on 06/21/2012
It sounds as much like Steel as it does Blade considering there is absolutely nothing to go on but source material at this point
It sounds as much like Steel as it does Blade considering there is absolutely nothing to go on but source material at this point
12:02PM on 06/21/2012
Wow!
DC is focusing on the wrong material...
I now feel sorry for them. And Marvel is just whoopin' their a$$..!
Batman is their only leverage...
Wow!
DC is focusing on the wrong material...
I now feel sorry for them. And Marvel is just whoopin' their a$$..!
Batman is their only leverage...
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1:06PM on 06/21/2012
And Superman, and the Flash will do well i believe/hope.

Id Rather see DC focus on the main characters for a JLA, and no necessarily do a JLA just the characters with the option.
And Superman, and the Flash will do well i believe/hope.

Id Rather see DC focus on the main characters for a JLA, and no necessarily do a JLA just the characters with the option.
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